How to Treat & Conceal Under-Eye Circles

I’ve had a number of queries lately on the topic of dark under-eye circles – more pertinently – how to get rid of them!  Well, the bad news is that you can’t eradicate them completely, but the good news is that you can do a pretty good job of concealing them with make-up.

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What Causes Dark Circles?

Dark circles are caused by inflammation underneath the eye.  This inflammation casts a shadow underneath the eye, which results in the ‘dark circle’.  Inflammation can be caused by a number of things – heredity traits, illness, allergies, tiredness, dehydration, stress, smoking etc. so the first thing you should do when tackling under-eye circles is find the cause.  Once you know what it is, you can manage it going forward.


Remove inflammation:

There are a few ways of reducing the inflammation that causes dark circles.

  • Lifestyle changes: sleep (8 hours per night), water (8 glasses per day) and a good healthy diet will work wonders.
  • Stay out of the sun: Dark circles are often created and exacerbated by sun damage.  Always wear a minimum SPF15 when out in the sun.
  • Cold compress: I find that pressing cold teaspoons against the affected area for a minute or so works wonders.  Cucumber slices work a treat also.
  • Caffeine: And no, I don’t mean drinking coffee!  Eye-creams that contain caffeine are great at reducing dark circles.  Gentle pressing cold teabags against the affected area also helps.


Covering Dark Circles with Concealer:

  • Step 1: Using your fingertips or a concealer brush apply a small amount of peach/pink toned concealer over the dark circles (pink/peach conceals blue/purple).  Blend thoroughly; I use a MAC #224 small fluffy brush for this.
  • Step 2: Using your concealer brush again, cover with a yellow-toned concealer.  I take the yellow concealer right up to the  lower lash-line and down to the cheekbone.  Again, blend well with a fluffy brush.
  • Step 3: Once you are happy with the coverage, set the concealer with powder, using your small fluffy brush.


Caroline Recommends:

  • Light / day-to-day coverage: Catrice All-Round Concealer Palette contains 2 pink and 2 yellow shades (ignore the green one which is supposed to cover red pigmentation but isn’t very good to be honest) and is great value at €3.79.
  • Professional / flawless coverage: Bobbi Brown Corrector (peach/pink toned e.g. “Light Bisque”) and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (yellow toned e.g. “Sand”) are excellent.


Other Solutions:

  • Green tea ice cubes: Make ice-cubes out of concentrated green tea.  Wrap the green tea ice-cubes in a muslin cloth and dab the undereye area gently.  The caffeine in the green tea is an anti-inflammatory and so will reduce puffy areas.
  • Cold teaspoons: Store 2 teaspoon overnight in the fridge.  In  the morning, press the teaspoons gently against your undereye.  This will help to reduce swellling.

2 Responses to “How to Treat & Conceal Under-Eye Circles”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Where would I be able to find the Catrice All-Round Concealer Palette in London? Or online?

  2. Caroline says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Alas I’m not based in the UK so I don’t know where Catrice make-up products are stocked in London. However, I suggest that you fill in the enquiry form on their website,, with your postal code, and they will advice you by email of the closest agent to you.

    Alternatively, it’s always worth having a look on eBay.

    Hope this helps! Thanks for your query.

    Yours in style,

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