4 Makeup Artists Share Their Under-Eye Concealer Routines

Ad failed to load

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's hottest releases, shopping tips, and gifting ideas in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Holiday Edit channel weekly to see what we're up to.

You’d think that with the longer nights, winter would be the time of year we all look the most well-rested. Rarely is that the case. (What a cruel world indeed.) Happily, concealers come in a cornucopia of creams, gels, tubes, jars, clicky brushes, and palettes—a million different variations (or 134, by Sephora’s count). To make the best use of them, we asked top makeup artists to share their own personal under-eye routines. After all, when it comes to something extremely serious like hiding dark circles, we want the no-joke, big-guns, failproof step-by-step, no matter how many products or what it takes to get them on. Just please make us look awake! Below, four makeup artists each share how they do it themselves. Note: They all start with a good eye cream.

Kelli J. Bartlett @kellijbartlett

“I will start with an eye patch, like Shiseido, which I keep in the fridge so they are cool upon contact. I press on eye patches once they are applied to start draining any swelling. I let the patch work while I apply all of my eye makeup and brows, allowing the excess shadow fallout to be caught by the eye patch—kind of like a shadow shield. Then I remove the patch, pat away any excess residue with my ring finger, and apply foundation. I am digging Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation right now, and I choose a shade that is slightly more on the golden side, because I want to cancel out the redness in my cheeks and provide contrast to the pinkish-lavender color I use to brighten my under-eye. I am loving the Becca Creamy Undereye Brightening Perfector, applied with a damp Beautyblender Micro.Mini. Then, I layer Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir on top using the same Beautyblender, being sure to blend towards the center of my cheek, rather than towards my temples, which creates a nice radiance and light bounce in the center of the cheek. To finish, I use a Tom Ford Illuminating Powder to set, using a small eyeshadow brush. I like glowy skin, so the less powder, the better, especially on the high planes of the face (cheekbones, nose!), and big powder brushes distribute too much product!”

Ad failed to load

Joanna Simkin @joannasimkin

“First step is eye cream for a smooth, hydrated base. I love Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, even in the daytime. Second is MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I love it because it’s liquid, so not at all dry, but the coverage is intense and it lasts all day without powder. I apply it in a triangle under my eye: a horizontal line from inner to outer corner, a vertical line down my nose and connect the outer corner of the eye to the bottom of the nose. Then I use a very damp Beautyblender and roll/press until the color is smoothly blended. If there are areas that need additional coverage, I take a small fluffy brush and dab the concealer in dots over them. Then I let them set for maybe thirty seconds to a minute so it starts to dry before lightly using my ring finger to pat in the specific areas. I take the Beautyblender once more and make sure the edges are buffed out completely, and that’s it. I prefer not to powder on myself, and the MAC Pro Longwear really does last without it on me, but if you’re very oily, you may want to lightly dust translucent powder such as Laura Mercier to set. I am personally anti-‘bake’ unless somebody needs really Intense coverage for on-camera. In person those Instagram techniques look really Intense and harsh!”

Andrew Sotomayor @andrewsotomayor

“To protect the skin around my eyes from cold weather, I dab a bit of the La Mer The Eye Concentrate under my eyes and in the inner corners. It helps fade under-eye darkness, but it also helps keep makeup from looking dry around the eyes. I have always felt like finding the right shade of concealer for myself is super tricky. Most are so beige that they look grey or chalky around the eyes. The Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector in Peach has enough pink and peach tones in it to cancel blue, grey, or brown tones around the eyes. I simply pat the concealer under the eyes with my ring finger. I like that it’s a solid cream so that you can just touch the makeup, then touch the skin around your eyes you want to cover. You don’t have to blend excessively like you do with most liquid concealers. Removing makeup at the end of the day is really important to me. I always use the L’Occitane Immortelle Oil-Makeup Remover or Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil. They dissolve all makeup easily, without drying or irritating your skin. However, to be honest, my dark-circle-fighting routine had simplified a lot since I went vegan four years ago and recently improved even more after incorporating what I read in Kimberly Snyder’s book, The Beauty Detox Solution.”

Ad failed to load

Katie Jane Hughes @katiejanehughes

“I start with Sunday Riley Auto Correct, which is good for oily skin, and the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright; they both already brighten the skin. Apply it just around the orbital bone, and really tap it—it should feel a little more tacky, like a primer, before you start applying concealer. For the concealer I like Glossier Stretch Concealer, and I use a soft fluffy brush like MAC 217 to apply to the inner and outer corner, then I blend the two together underneath and above over the lid, but I don’t add extra concealer because you want to keep it light where there are creases or laugh lines in your skin. Wherever you add concealer directly, that’s where it sticks the most. I add loose powder like Glossier Wowder to set the concealer as I apply the rest of my eye makeup. When that’s done, I’ll add a little more concealer around the details to create a soft, diffused look, to a shadow, to a precise look, to a wing.”

Want more articles like this? Head to Coveteur.com.

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load
Must Reads

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

9 Mother's Day Gifts For Your Mom That Also Give Back

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and unless you’re the type who’s got gift-giving on lock months in advance — and seriously, who is that person? — you might be scrambling a bit for great Mother's day 2018 gift ideas. And while it’s important to cho…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

These 4 Zodiac Signs Are Going To Have The Best Luck In Love This May

Spring fever is here, but not all signs in the zodiac are dealt the same dose of lovin'. Some signs are going to have a better love lives than the rest of us in May, because that's just the way the cookie crumbles. According to astrologer Linda Furia…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan