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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 under-eye bags. While it’s true that maintaining a good skin care routine can help prevent unwanted bags, there’s some under eye puffiness that even the most flawless skin care routine can’t ward off or turn back the clock on. While that is certainly a bummer, you can always rely on makeup to help conceal under-eye bags—and it’s actually pretty easy to do. Wondering how to conceal under-eye bags? We know you are! Follow our five steps below to learn how to conceal under eye bags with your makeup look—because no one has to know you’re carrying any excess baggage.
While eye cream typically can’t provide an instant fix for minimizing the look of under-eye bags, over time using one can 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 or the L’Oréal Paris Defense Eye Defense eye cream, which helps reduce puffiness, lines, and dark circles. (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 from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, then blend it out with a makeup blender. You can also use the green shade in the kit 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.) If you’d rather own individual color correction shades based on your personal needs—instead of a full kit—try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon. There are five colors available: green to counteract redness, yellow to hide purple or blue areas, peach to disguise dark circles for fair to light skin tones, bisque to hide dark circles for light to medium skin tones, and orange to disguise dark circles for medium to deep skin tones.
Once you’re finished 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. After you’ve created your triangles, pick up your makeup blender and use it to bounce and buff the concealer in for a seamless effect. Here are a few of our best concealers to try:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer: This concealer has a lightweight, radiant formula that does it all: conceal, correct, and highlight.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer: This concealer has a super blendable formula and offers full coverage. The formula includes an active serum to help diminish the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while helping to brighten the skin.
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. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, which has a long-lasting formula that goes on smoothly and leaves skin with the appearance of a radiant glow.
Use a bronzer to warm up your face. By applying a bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, you will draw the eye to other features of your face and take the eye away from your dark under eye circles. Use the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer for a lit-from-within glow.
A highlighter is a great way to brighten your face and give the illusion of awake, under-eye-bag-free eyes. Apply a highlighter below and above the arch of your eyebrows to give your eyes an instantly more lifted look. Here are some of our best highlighters:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks: This highlighter has a convenient stick format that makes it easy to apply and perfect for throwing in your bag when traveling. Simply swipe it where needed and blend in with your fingers. The shimmery pigment helps create a naturally glowing complexion.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops: These glow drops can be used alone or added to your facial moisturizer or foundation. The highly-pigmented drops illuminate the skin for a dewy, glowing look.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder: This loose highlighting powder can be used on your face and body. The ultra-fine powder blends seamlessly into skin and reflects light.
Once your face makeup is complete, you’ll want to brighten your eyes to leave them appearing awake and refreshed. This will perfectly complement your newly camouflaged under eye bags. Use a white or nude eyeliner in your waterline to open up your eyes and make them appear bigger. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Nude has a long-lasting, waterproof formula that is perfect for your waterline.
Once your eyeliner is complete, you’ll want to use eye shadow to brighten your eyes as well. Take a white or ivory eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Petite Perle, and apply it to the inner corner of your eyes as well as below the arch of your eyebrow. The formula of this eye shadow will give you exquisite color richness that will help open up your eyes.
Use mascara to finish creating the eye makeup portion of this look. Long lashes will leave your eyes looking more awake by giving the illusion of a lifted eye. The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Paradise Mascara in Mystic Black creates voluptuous volume and intense length in just one coat, leaving you with the sort of lashes that are needed to fake fully rested eyes. Skip lower lash mascara to completely avoid any product smudging underneath your eyes.
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 so you can have a “just applied” makeup look for the whole day. Spritz a few times and you’re good to go.
Want more info on using an eye cream? Remember, they’re good for more than just helping with puffiness! To get the complete lowdown, read our article, When Can You Start Using Eye Cream?