The first thing you need to understand about dark circles is that they aren’t all of a universal colour. Some people have dark circles that look more purple and others more blue or green. Salmon or peach toned correctors work great for bluish dark circles and will also warm up the cooler tone of the under eye area, while a yellow-based one will work better to counteract purplish discolouration.
You’ve probably seen a video that went viral of a woman using red lipstick to conceal her dark eye circles. In theory, orange and red are directly opposite of blue and green on the colour wheel, which means they hail from the colour family that works best when dealing with blue or greenish dark circles. If you haven’t seen that viral video for yourself, watch it below!
That said, not everyone is going to get away with using a red lipstick. In fact, very few of us can. You still want to use a colour that is more similar in shade to your skin. Going too light or too dark can make it tough to cover up the colour with foundation or concealer later and may instead create a pink mess.
If you’re really fair, consider a light coral, pink or creamy yellow colour corrector. This will neutralise the dark circles while also brightening your eye area.
If your skin is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, a peach or salmon colour corrector is going to be your best bet. You can get away with orange if it’s a light or mid-toned orange, but avoid anything too deep.
If you’ve got a lovely deep skin tone, a deep orange or red is going to help you cover up those dark circles and make the area look warm-toned instead of ashy.
And finally, if you find that you’ve got any yellowish discolouration around your eyes, you can actually neutralise that with a purple colour corrector instead!
Whatever colour corrector you use, always remember to blend well without rubbing away the colour completely, and follow up with your concealer of choice.
Check out some product recommendations below to give you an idea of which shades work best for different skin tones!
Cover FX Correct Click in Brick - for deep skin tones, $28
Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector in Light-Medium (pictured) or Medium-Deep, $38
Urban Decay Naked Skin - Color Correcting Fluid in Pink (better suited to light skin tones) and Peach (pictured, for medium skin tones), $40 each
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer, available in 5 shades from 01 Light to 05 Deep (pictured), $36
Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach and Papaya (pictured), $46 each
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