Under Eye Darkness and Reasons for Concealer Disappointment

eye with concealer disappointment
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Who hasn’t experienced concealer disappointment at one time or another? You plunk down good money for what you believe will cover the hideous black under your eyes only to find the darkness showing through. If so, you may fall into a cycle of buying one product after another, hoping that latest purchase will finally be a winner. The only problem is that nothing seems to work that leaves you wondering why.

Common Causes of Concealer Disappointment 

There is always the possibility that the form of the concealer that you are turning to is simply wrong for your needs. Liquid concealers have a lighter consistency than the heavier texture of the stick or pot type to adequately disguise those black rings beneath your eyes.

The liquid variety also contains more oil than the drier stick form. This creamier formula has a greater chance to break down, especially if you use your fingers that can contribute more oil, as your tool of choice to apply.

Your choice of a concealer color may be to blame as well. Peach tones are typically top bests for a majority of complexions since the hint of red in the shade can help counteract the blue-black color under the eyes.

Another reason for that concealer frustration may also be from always picking out too pale of a shade for your skin tone. Instead of masking the darkness, you could be calling more attention to it with whitish rings in lieu of black ones.

By the same token, you also could be depending on a concealer shade that has too much yellow against your skin tone. This color difference could only make your attempts at concealing to look unnatural.

Your Application and Technique May Need Changing

What else that could be causing disappointment involves the amount. You may start out too heavy-handed, which happens more when you depend on your fingers instead of a concealer brush. Laying down a thick coat of concealer will finds its way to fine creases, not to mention giving you less coverage. Start by layering a thin coat at a time with a tapered concealer brush that has the shape and size for maneuvering in this tight area is important to remember.

If you have been in the habit of starting with concealer first and then finishing with foundation, you dilute the masking capabilities of the product by blending. This order of application will only hamper your efforts that could explain concealer disenchantment.  Therefore, never start working on your eyes with concealer until your foundation is on first. This will definitely improve your under eye lightening results.

Despite changing your form of concealer and application, you might also want to try adding a peach-tinted cream corrector to your makeup routine prior to experimenting with the concealer again. The color may appear too orange in the tube, but dab it on with a dampened sponge. The moisture tones the color down to make it more see-through, but enough to make a better base for the concealer to handle more serious darkness.

Internal Problems Also Could Explain Concealer Disappointment

Your health to a nutritional deficiency also could explain an under eye darkness issue. Conditions such as allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis to the effects of fatigue, stress and liver function could account for concealer discontent. You might want to make an appointment with your physician to find any underlying causes.



  1. tat2gurlzrock
    July 9, 2018 / 5:29 am

    These are great tips. I love a good concealer. I am a big fan of the Neutrogena Hydro Blast line.

  2. Rachel
    July 9, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the information I love info about beauty and health.

  3. Lynne B
    December 15, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    I always had issues with choosing the right concealer shade. Then I found an orange-toned shade that works wonders.

  4. gloria patterson
    April 1, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    I will have to try this because I have these big dark puffy circles that really need some cover-up

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