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How To Actually Conceal Dark Circles, According To A Chanel Make Up Artist

God-tier makeup tip.

No matter how much cream, concealer and blush you may use – sometimes, you just simply cannot distract from dark undereye circles. 

Whether you're a new mum, a busy hairdresser returning to work or just simply shattered from working on the front line, eye bags are something we've all come across in more exhausting times. 

However, there are (simple) ways around them. 

Coming to the rescue to show us how is celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee, whose strategy is 'correct, don't cover.'

But, what does that mean?

In essence, Lee understands that one sole shade will in no way serve as a blanket solution. What she suggests, instead, is to neutralise individual tones giving you grief, meaning that the amount of concealer required to finish the look will be minimal.

Here's how to master the tone-refining technique.

Step One

"What you're doing is just adding brightness and cancelling out the colours that you don't want to see," Lee explains, taking over @welovecoco's Instagram stories.

Understanding the role each colour plays is the key to success.

"Green is for masking redness, apricot is to add brightness and cancel out any green, and rose is great for neutralising any blue or purple hues underneath the eye," she confirms.

For darker skin tones, richer oranges and reds are great alternatives to lighter shell pink shades, able to effectively neutralise purple hues and darker discolouration.

"Just look at where you really need [to correct], which [for example, for me is generally around the outer corner of the eye] where I have a little area of purple, and then just in the valley of the eye into the bridge of the nose," Lee shares, applying the rosy pink shade to her inner corner as well.

Of course, the right kit is also very necessary, whether that is Lee's chosen blending brush or your fingers.

"I'm going to use a fluffy rounded brush and use that to blend what I've put on," she says, buffing the product in to ensure a seamless finish.

Step Two 

With undesirable tones now neutralised, concealer now acts as a finishing touch rather than a heavy-handed mainstay.

"Once you have your corrector where you want it to be, then you work with your concealer," explains Lee.

"Just blend it in the same way that you did before, [spot concealing the same areas you saw an issue with when correcting], just to carefully add a little bit of colour on top of the corrector," she says.

A lightweight wash of concealer – in a shade as close to your skin as possible – over a colour corrector is what's recommended to keep a natural flush. 

Lee says there's no need to cover your entire under-eye/upper cheek in concealer, mentioning that "very few people need concealer in this very specific place." 

"This is where we smile and have natural movement in our face, so it's better to avoid that area as naturally any makeup will collect [and crease] there."

As for colour correctors we recommend, Lee obviously uses Chanel's Le Correcteur De Chanel Longwear Colour Corrector (€35) but a number of more affordable options are also available, too.