Friday, 26 May 2017

How I Correct and Brighten The Under Eyes

The whole world seems to be tired and correctors and concealers are absolutely huge at the minute. There are so many products out there on the market for making your under eyes nice and bright. I wanted to do a post basically just to cut through the bullshit and give you guys a step by step to achieving light and bright under eyes. It is hard to find products that work really well because they are all marketed in the same ways. They all seem so similar it is hard to see what will work for you.

I do these steps if I have had a particularly late night or if I have had one or two glasses of the wine the previous evening and it is taking its toll on how I look. Please bear in mind that these are products that have worked for me and for my clients when I have been doing bridal makeup. I am not saying that this will 100% work for you, but it should certainly help!

1.         Conceal Darkness Before Foundation Using Cream Concealer

I start these steps when I have a nice clean face and I have moisturised and primed. Then I will go in with my first product. I like to use creams under my eyes directly on my darkness because they tend to be more full coverage than liquid products. A couple of my favourites are the MAC Studio Concealer or the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer. I like to use a MAC 217 brush to pick the product up, then I will ever so lightly blend it into the skin to cover all the darkness.

2.         Go in with A Corrector

If the darkness under my eyes is still highly visible I will then go in with a corrector. I don’t like to use a corrector all of the time because sometimes it is just not needed. But for when it is I like to use the Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector. I love the shade Bisque because it has very peachy undertones and it helps to neutralise the darkness. Another great product is the Benefit Erase Paste; this also has a peachy undertone.

I will just take this on my ring finger and gently pat it on top of the concealer that I initially laid down. I don’t like to use a brush because that will disturb the concealer that is on underneath.

3.         Apply Foundation in Patting Motions

Then I will just go in with my foundation as normal. Instead of using a brush again so that there is no dragging motion I use something like a Beauty Blender so that I can pounce the product into my skin.
Also when you use a Beauty Blender you can use a really soft hand so you won’t damage the area underneath your eyes. Plus, the pointy end of the Beauty Blender is ideal for getting right into the inner corner of the eyes.

My two favourite foundations for them days where I need a little extra coverage is the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation and the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation.

4.         Apply Liquid Concealer Under the Eyes

Then over the top of the foundation I will go in with a liquid concealer. When I do this step I want something that is really lightweight. We already have a fair amount of product under the foundation so we don’t want anything that will look cakey.

So then I will go in with my Chanel Concealer or the Urban Decay Weightless Concealer and highlight the area under my eye. Starting from the inner corner of my eye I will draw lines in a downwards triangle with the wand. Then again with the Beauty Blender I will press this into the skin until it is blended out completely.

5.         Use an Illuminator to Brighten

Then to bring life back into the skin I like to go in with a liquid illuminator. The two that I use the most is the YSL Touché Éclat Concealer and the MAC Prep and Prime in Lightboost. I like to apply these to the highpoints of my cheekbones and just push that into the skin using the Beauty Blender.

6.         Bake The Area Using a Yellow Powder

Then to set all of the products into place to stop them from moving or breaking up I would use a nice brightening powder. My two go to products is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and the Ben Nye Banana Powder.

I like to take the banana powder on my damp Beauty Blender and press that into the under eyes to create a flawless look, the yellow tones in the Banana Powder just help to lift and brighten the face.

That is my 6 simple steps to brighter under eyes. I will link below to all the products that I mentioned in this post. If you have any questions or some helpful tips leave me a comment below or leave me an email!


  1. Great post! I was just talking to a GF the other day about how she is trying to find a way to lighten underneath her eyes. Apparently it is genetic and there is nothing that can be done to correct it. Looks like you have found a way??

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    1. This works for me, and thankfully covers everything!

      Danielle xx

  2. Wow! That's a lot of product! I don't know if my dark circles are't too bad or I'm not too fussy but I just use either Touche Eclat or CT The Retoucher! xx

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    1. I like them products but for me there just isn't enough coverage to cover all of my darkness!

      Danielle xx


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