Get rid of dark under-eye circles

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Those dreaded dark under-eye circles happen to the best of us – even when we finally attain the mythical 8 hours of sleep. It turns out, the dark colouration under your eyes aren’t just caused by a lack of sleep, in fact, a whole host of factors contribute to panda eyes. Causes include genetics, age, sun damage, seasonal allergies or a result of blood vessels, which cause a reddish-purple hue to develop under your eyes.

And while we may not be able to prevent dark under-eye circles, we can minimise them.

Tips from the experts…

We chatted to Lucoh Mhlongo, Elizabeth Arden Celebrity Makeup Artist and got a few expert tips:

* Invest in a great eye cream that will assist in eradicating the darkness over time.

For a quick fix …

* Use either an orange colour corrector or a concealer with an orange undertone. This creates warmth and helps to cancel out the darkness.

* To lift the colour, use your foundation over that area to match the rest of your face. You may even use a slightly lighter shade if you want to create a highlight.

* Lightly dust some powder over that area to set the concealer and foundation, and then you’re good to go!

David White from L’Oréal emphasised, “Skincare first!”.  After cleansing and toning, eye cream or serum should be the first product to be applied before make-up. This allows for proper absorbency as well as adequate time for the active ingredients to prep and settle in the delicate eye area. Once the skincare routine is done, the makeup can start.

Products to try:

Prevention is better than cure

A great eye cream will help revive and plump the skin, thereby making the veins underneath a little less visible.

Promising long-term results, BioNik3 Defence BB cream Anti-Dark Circles Corrective Treatment, R175, strengthens capillary walls thanks to the troxerutin, and thereby reduces vessel fragility. It is a tinted, 2-in-1 treatment cream that conceals, and works to reduce dark circles.

If your dark circles are a result of ageing, invest in a good eye cream like Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex, R990. It draws on microencapsulation technology and a unique firming complex to address multiple eye area concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness, dark under-eye circles, and dryness lines.

David recommends Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocadoe, R415is a “fantastic all-rounder”.

Colour theory FTW

Colour concealer is the future and when used correctly, based on your skin tone and imperfections you want to cover up, it yields great results. Using the colour theory, we use opposite colours on the colour wheel to effectively cancel each other out. The orange and peach tones neutralise dark spots and cancel out blue shadows that under-eye circles reflect, as well as bruising. Green neutralises redness and helps to cover spots. If all the colours seem overwhelming, Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction and Care, R274,95, is a product that seems to offer it all. It uses the colour theory and works to cancel out spots, darkness, signs of ageing and redness, in one product, with added SPF 30.

David states, “Apply a tiny amount with a concealer brush on the innermost corner of the eye area, blending outwards. It is very important that the bulk of the product is applied to the darkest areas”.

The NYX Professional Makeup Concealer, Correct, Contour Palette, R224,95, offers a variety of shades in each set to help you create and customise your desired colour. You can use the palette to cover dark spots and also contour and accentuate your features in a flash. Winning!

The L.A Girl HD PRO.Concealers and Correctors, R59,95, offer long-wear, opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. You can even out skin tone, cover imperfections and contour your features. Simply apply directly to the area you want to fix.

We love the Catrice AllRound Concealer palette, R74,95. It’s a great product and it contains all the colours necessary to cover imperfections in one compact palette – with helpful instructions on the back in case you need a little help. Colour theory, what?

Cover and conceal


Used correctly, your concealer is your BFF. Concealer has a higher level of pigmentation than your foundation, and works to mask those dreaded circles.

The L.O.V: COVERStorySerum Concealer, R229,95, boasts a supple texture and offers full coverage. It contains the plumping ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which is helpful in repairing the under-eye area and the effects of sun damage. It comes in six nuances with a silky matte or a soft shimmery finish.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector, R345, is a lightweight concealer pen that promises an instant pick-me-up that corrects, moisturises, erases signs of fatigue and restores skin to a radiant glow. The well-loved multi-tasking beauty tool works to minimise the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. Bonus? The nifty gold click pen with its soft tip brush tip fits perfectly into your tiny handbag. Very 007.

We loved the effects of the Cosmeceutical, Youth-Boosting Physicians Formula, R254,95. It corrects dark circles and instantly brightens the under-eye area. We’re not sure about looking 10 years younger, but the effects were certainly pretty good!

David recommends, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, R395, with a specific Light Diffusing complex, and it’s also paraben free.

Once you have your concealer, time to conceal like a pro

Simply draw an inverted triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek. You may recognise this from contouring techniques, but it’s just a really smart way to conceal marks and remove puffiness while shaping the face. Use a fluffy concealer brush to help you apply just as much product you need and avoid caking.

Tip! Always wear your SPF. The damaging sun rays could be contributing to your panda-esque eyes. It’s also bad for your skin overall.

Tip! Contact your doctor if your allergies are getting out of control and force you to rub your eyes. Your under-eye area is very sensitive and excessive rubbing could cause swelling and constricted blood vessels, A.K.A dark coloration.

Tip! Use your ring finger to gently pat it into place, as it is your weakest finger and applies less pressure. When you’re done applying, blot with a tissue to remove the product from the creases around your eye to ensure you remove all evidence. You woke up like this, remember?

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  1. mabdullah

    I will most definitely make a decision as to which of the concealers to use. I have asthma and allergies and have very dark patches around my eyes.

    3 months ago •

  1. Mialise Tolmie

    I love the NYX colour correcting palette! I use the salmon colour under my eyes before concealer and it works like a bomb! Makes you look like you slept 12 hours even when you’ve only managed 2.

    4 months ago •


    I finally know what the colour concealer is for! I always wondered about the green, peach and purple shades. Thank you.

    4 months ago •

  1. Sammy

    I do love those CC creams, they work wonders.

    4 months ago •

  1. Feli0017 CHEYANAND

    I need this! I just didn’t know what products to purchase there’s tons in the market its hard to tell which will work, I will give these a try.

    5 months ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Thank you for all those handy tips. I love the last line.. You woke up like this, remember? (Priceless)

    5 months ago •

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