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Friday, November 18, 2011

ASK SAJ: How do hide dark under eye circles?

Monica and Dee ask:
"How do I hide dark under eye circles?"

A question every woman asks, I actually expected this to be my first question! but better late than never :)

As a Pro Makeup Artist, hiding dark circles is a bit on the technical side for us, factoring in colour theory, what colour the "circles" are, shooting film, TV or print etc

But for the every day woman, hiding dark circles is easier than you think!

Two key products will be needed: Foundation and Concealer

Again these products will come in various formulas but the main two are creams and liquids, any thing else is just a variation of these two. ( For help on choosing a formula check out the Cream vs Liquid post HERE)

Personally I go for cream as it lasts longer, but if I do reach for a "liquid" concealer I choose one with a thick consistency, not a light runny liquid..the existence of those confuse me. :/

The shade of your foundation or concealer plays a big role in correcting dark circles ( this also applies for dark scars, birth marks etc). A factor in choosing your shade also depends on how you wear your makeup, e.g if you wear foundation or if you don't wear foundation at all.

Deep Skin tone example: First swatch is your exact skin tone match, second swatch is one shade lighter, third swatch ..don'
Lighter Skin Tone example:  First swatch is your exact skin tone match, second swatch is one shade lighter, third swatch ..don'

If you wear Foundation: Your concealer should be HALF to ONE shade lighter..NOT GO FROM DARK TO LIGHT...seriously...( i can't) see illustration 1. and 2. below

If You Don't Wear Foundation: Your concealer has to match your skin tone EXACTLY


With Foundation: Apply your half to one shade lighter concealer under your eyes with your fingers, sponge, brush and blend the edges out going down towards your cheek. Then go over it and complete your face with your exact shade of foundation. The Foundation must go over the concealer, once finished lightly set with translucent loose powder.

What you should now see is a fresh faced appearance, if you see and obvious or overdone lightness under your eyes then the concealer was too light a shade....because you ignored what I said..hmph.

Without Foundation:  For the lucky ladies that have flawless or near perfect skin with only dark under eye issues, your concealer should match your skin EXACTLY, remember that you have nothing else to blend it with, to too light or too WILL look like "that girl" dating "that guy".

I recommend testing out different textures to see which sits on your skin seamlessly, when do you find the right texture and EXACT shade use your ring finger to apply or a small fluffy brush, this will help control the amount of product, keeping the application light ( not shade..application). Be sure to blend edges out. Lightly set with loose translucent powder.

With that said, there are lots of "brightening" "light reflecting" "diamond encrusted" "Edward skin formula" products out there on the market that "promise" to brighten under eyes blablbla opinion, try it, if it works for you, awesome! which i doubt

Inside the Issue:

While we are busy hiding our dark circles, I just wanted to touch on the subject of what you can do to prevent/reverse the issue as opposed to a life time of hiding:

-DRINK.WATER...not vitamin water, or crystal light, or scented water, or what ever fancy water is out there.. just plain old H2o

-Sleep..which means logging off facebook and twitter and stop tweeting about going to bed and just go

-Under eye creams/serums/treatments: Under eye skincare is soooo important because the layer of skin is so thin and sheer which is why it gets affected so easily. So using a product daily will most definitely help. Talk to a skin care expert for advice on what to use!

If it turns out to be hereditary .....give your mom the side eye

Hope this helps ladies!

Saj Mack is a Professional Makeup Artist in Atlanta Georgia providing over 6 years experience in Beauty, Commercial, Film, Television, Special FX and more. See her work at


  1. After years of being a makeup artist. The rule stands true. There are no rules to makeup, only rules of thumb. Nothing called "too anything".I disagree with telling anyone how to wear their foundation/blush/powder/eyeliner/eyeshadow. Makeup is subjective. Everyone has their own makeup style. Many light people tend to go light/lighter or mix it with a luminzer to make themselves brighter/radiant/porcelin like. A great example of this would be dita von teese, who even stays out the sun to maintain her light skintone and wears light foundation. Others prefer to be dark/darker and darken in the sun or use bronzer all over their skintone. Different people have different preferences. If I spelled "Horse" "Howrse" than there is no "ifs" "and" or "buts" because grammar isnt subjective. What is wrong is wrong!However. Makeup is subjective. I hate nude lips. Does that mean its right to say "dont wear nude lips" ? No.
    I might not like it but someone else might. There is no rule to makeup. Thats the beauty of being a makeup artist. There are soo many different styles.I might not like it but someone else might. There is no rule to makeup. Thats the beauty of being a makeup artist. There are soo many different styles.who is anyone to tell someone theyre wearing a too light or too dark foundation, because there is no such thing. Nicole and Sam from pixiwoo(huge makeupartists in Britain) sometimes wear paler or darker foundation and it looks gorgeous! as long as people blend it to the neck its fine....some people prefer to look bright and radiant.would like to thank the blog owner for letting people get their points across! this was a general reminder

  2. What you are saying makes no sense, and Sam and Nicole would agree.. Sure they change from light to dark...but what is light for sam and dark for sam isn't the same as light and dark for different skin tones. Which is my point.

    you seem to only speak MAC? so then is it right for a NW55 person to wear a concealer that is NC15? because thats certainly dark and light isn't it.

    These posts are not for makeup artists they are for regular women, who need advice on how to approach their own personal makeup.

    I will only advise someone on how to look their very best. I'm not sure what direction you take...but to each their own.