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When your under-eye bags are looking not so swell, that last thing you likely want to hear is that you can’t permanently get rid of them. While that is certainly a bummer, you can hide the appearance of under-eye bags with makeup—and it’s actually pretty easy to do. Follow our five steps to conceal your under-eye bags below—because no one has to know you’re experiencing any puffiness.
While eye cream typically can’t provide an instant fix for minimizing the look of under-eye bags, over time they can actually help reduce the appearance of puffiness, which is why you shouldn’t skip this skin care step. (We know, it can be hard to stay the course when instant gratification is what you’re after.) Plus, the same way you moisturize your whole face before applying makeup, the skin under your eyes needs hydration, too. Dot eye cream under your eye and below your brow bone, then blend out with the pad of your finger. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment, which has a cooling tip that can help diminish the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles with continued use over time. (For more skin care product picks, here are Our Best Eye Creams for Puffiness.)
Think back to your elementary school education and that ever-useful lesson on the color wheel. Colors that are opposite one another on the wheel are capable of neutralizing the appearance of each other, which is the basis for color correcting makeup. If you have both puffiness and dark circles, reach for a peach color corrector, which can help counteract the appearance of the circles. Draw upside-down triangle shapes under each of your eyes using the peach concealer shade in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, then blend out with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender. You can also use the green shade to camouflage redness, the purple shade to hide dullness, and the yellow shade to mask discolorations. (Here are 4 Areas on Your Face to Apply Color Correcting Concealer.)
Once you’re done color correcting, it’s time to move on to concealer. Look for a creamy concealer with great coverage, and place the product in the same upside-down triangle shapes to brighten the entire area under and around your eyes. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer. The lightweight, radiant formula does it all: conceal, correct, and highlight. Once you’ve created your triangles, pick up your makeup blending sponge and use it to bounce and buff the concealer in for a seamless effect.
Of course, you’ll want the rest of your face to look as flawless as your under-eyes are about to, right? That means you can’t skip out on foundation. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to apply your foundation of choice all over your face, being sure to lightly tap over your under-eye bags to blend away any obvious lines that distinguish your foundation from your concealer. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation has a long-lasting formula that goes on smoothly and leaves skin with the appearance of a radiant glow.
Now that you’ve perfectly concealed your under-eye bags with makeup, the last thing you need is for it to shift or stray throughout the day. Before you move on, break out a setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, to lock your look in place and keep those under-eye bags under wraps. This micro-fine spray has a long-lasting finish and extends just-applied makeup. Spritz a few times and you’re good to go.
Want more info on using an eye cream to diminish the appearance of under-eye bags? We’ve got you covered. Read our article, When Can You Start Using Eye Cream?