Dark Circle Trubs, Volume 5,472
I suffered through a really bad bought of insomnia a few weeks ago, and my dark circles were extra terrible. My regular concealer, MAC Select Moisturecover, just wasn’t gettin’ it done.
My friend Jen’s wedding was right around the corner, and I didn’t want to show up looking like death warmed over. I needed serious coverage, and I needed it fast.
MAC to MAC
I spoke with Michelle, a lovely MAC makeup artist at a nearby counter, and told her what I needed…
- Complete coverage for my dark circles.
- Something that wouldn’t make my skin look ashy under flash photography.
- Something that would last a full 10 hours and wouldn’t look cakey.
She suggested three MAC products: MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, MAC Studio Finish Concealer and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream ($28.50) is a lightweight, moisturizing cream that smooths fine lines around the eyes and provides a better surface for the application of concealer.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($15.50), a very concentrated cream, straight up covers everything — dark circles, pimples, moles, tattoos and even birthmarks! I have it in the shade NW 25.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Pressed Powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural sets the concealer, helping it stay put all day long. It’s a low coverage (read: sheer) pressed powder and won’t look heavy or cakey applied around the eyes. My shade is Medium.
The MAC Concealer Triple Play Performed Great on the Day of the Wedding!
My circles stayed hidden all day long (and lawd knows they were still there!), and I think my makeup still looked natural in the pictures.
How to Cover Up Dark Circles for a Wedding or Big Event Using MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer
When applying MAC Studio Finish Concealer, lighting makes a huge difference. The product’s very pigmented, and I tend to over apply it in poorly lit rooms (like my bathroom at home), so applying the product in a space that gets good natural light yields the best results.
I begin the process with MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, applying a few dots under my eyes and patting them into the area with a fingertip until they’re thoroughly absorbed.
Next, I load a MAC 194 Concealer brush by swiping it across the pan of MAC Studio Finish Concealer. Because the concealer is so heavily pigmented, a little goes a long way.
Starting from the side closer to my nose, I brush the concealer onto the inner corner of my eye and under my lower lashline…
…eventually moving the concealer out toward the outer corner.
In the pic above, the area covered by concealer is in purple. I’ll use either one or two thin layers of product, depending on how bad my circles are.
Next, I blend away the outer edges of concealer with a makeup sponge. If I forget this step, the product looks too obvious on my skin.
Then, I set the concealer (to increase wear time) by swiping a MAC 217 blending brush across the pan of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder, blowing off the excess from the brush head and patting the powder onto the area covered by concealer.
Starting at the inner corner of the eye…
…and working out.
For good measure, I finish by blending out the edges one last time with a makeup sponge.
TOOT TOOT! All done! Zombie girl has left the building.
A Few More Helpful Hints…
For super dark circles (like SCARY dark), add a little more concealer around the inner eye .
After applying the powder, if my circles are extra dark, I’ll dab a small amount of concealer into the innermost corner of the eye with the tip of a 194 concealer brush.
Oily Skin? Use makeup primer first for even longer wear.
I have semi-oily skin, which reduces wear time for many products, so I use Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer ($30) on the under eye area first.
Dreaded fine lines…
Studio Finish Concealer rocks but it isn’t perfect. After a few hours it settles into the fine lines under my eyes. When it happens, I just pat my finger tip onto the lines, dispersing the makeup without disturbing the concealer.
Happy hump day!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,