Pack Your Bags: How To Hide Under Eye Circles


This topic and question has come up again and again, because at some point we’ve all had a late night/early morning.  I’m really excited to do a tutorial on it because it’s totally doable to change your under eye area from puffy and dark to smooth and bright within minutes.  Not gonna lie, it takes a few steps, but once you get the hang of it, it speeds up.

I’ll post a quick numbered refresher list after I explain how I hide my circles, in case you want a quick reference the first time you try it.

The Night Before Prevention:

If you are having one of those (super fun) nights that includes yummy, salty food and a little booze, or a late night working until 2 or 3 in the morning, you probably know that you’ll wake up with under eye bags.  I always know when I’m going to wake up puffy, but I’ll be damned if I have to give up Trader Joe’s baked cheetos on Bachelorette Mondays.  I have a real connection with them.

So prep for the next morning by using an eye cream that tightens skin.  I like the Sunday Riley cream for this, I couldn’t believe how much it de puffed the skin under my eyes.  But you can use any eye cream you like that gently smooths and tightens the skin under the eyes.

Then I drink a giant glass of water about 30 minutes before bed.  I also keep my water bottle by my bed, because I like to have a few sips of water when I first wake up, but don’t want to get out of bed yet.  I call it “adjusting to the day.”  Ha.  The extra water will help move the salt and booze out of your system.  If you don’t normally drink water before bed, drink it about an hour or two you fall asleep, so you won’t get up in the middle of the night.  You definitely want to try and get as much solid sleep as possible, so just move the glass of water up by an hour, so you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night, but you also get the cleansing effects of the water.

Morning, Sunshine!  De Puff Time:

Time to start the day.  May I introduce you to under eye patches?  They are my hero.  I got a set of these in a makeup subscription box and could not believe how well they worked.  They area set of stick on patches that gently adhere to the skin under your eyes and work as a mask on the area applied.  I keep mine in the fridge so they are ice cold for extra de puffing.

Before I wash my face, while I am making coffee/brushing my teeth/picking out clothes/doing my hair, I stick on the under eye patches.  It’s best to try and leave them on for at least 20 minutes if possible, but even 5 or 10 minutes is great.  I never think I’m going to have five extra minutes in the morning, but I find that if I stick these on before I make coffee, by the time I’m done with that and brushing my teeth it’s been at least five minutes.  I can’t figure out why they work SO well, but I’ll gladly take the results without thinking about it too much.

Whenever you are done, you take them off, place them back on the backings, and can re-use them multiple times (with the same results each time- for real).  Miracles!  I’ve tried and liked the patches from Talika and Skyn Iceland.  I’ve never tried the DHC ones, but they also look amazing and are very budget friendly.

*Update: The gel patches (Talika and Medicell) “re-use” better then the gel/paper patches (Skyn), so if you plan on reusing them, the gels are actually a better long-term value.  I’ve have used the same Talika patches approx 8-9 times and the Medicell twice now and both gave me the same results each time.  I tried to reuse the Skyn patches today a second time and they had dried out.*

Then I wash my face and do my normal morning routine.  I use a moisturizing eye cream in the a.m. to get that area hydrated for a long day and prepped for makeup.

Makeup to Cover Dark Circles:

You’ll need a peach correcting cream to counteract the dark circles.  Dab this under your eyes, only on the dark circles.  Gently pat it in.

I like the DHC peach CoQ10 pen (light-to-deep skin tones) or the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (fair-to-medium skin tones) for this.  It’s important to only get this peach on the dark circles, or else it will end up looking funny.  The peach counters the blueish dark tones of the under eyes, so if it gets on your skin that isn’t blue, it will just look like bright peach.

Once this is blended, I go over the area with my normal concealer.  I love the Amazing Cosmetics and Tarte Maracuja concealers for full coverage and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for a drugstore pick.  If you like lighter coverage, you can use an illuminating concealer, like the Charlotte Tilbury corrector.

I dab my concealer from the inside of my eye, just under my eyebrow on the inside, all the way down to the bottom of my nose.  Then I dab it out to the outer corner of my eye to form a triangle shape.  I let this sit for a minute, then blend it out with a damp beauty blender.

I give the concealer a few minutes to adjust to my skin and start to work on the rest of my makeup.  Once I feel like it’s settled and not as tacky or liquid feeling as when it’s first applied, then I grab the beauty blender one more time in case any product has settled into fine lines and needs to be blended out.

Then I take a tapered brush and dip it into a yellow banana powder.  If you are super fair like me, I blend my banana powder with my normal light face powder so that it doesn’t look too yellow.  I’ve been mixing the yellow and beige powder from this Lorac set.

That’s it!  I usually spray my face with a setting spray when I am totally done with my makeup to lock everything in place.

Mature or Dry skin:  If a powder feels like it might accentuate fine lines, then you can just use a dab of yellow cream instead of a powder, Maskcara Cosmetics makes a good one, also Becca Banana cream, into your concealer to subtly brighten the area.

Then spray a bit of setting spray directly into the beauty blender and dab that over the concealer/yellow cream to blend and set it.  No powder is necessary and your makeup is totally set.  I have dry skin, so on really dry days I do this and on more oily/hot days I do powder.

Here is a little handy-dandy chart I came up with and the order listed below so you can skip right to this the first few times you try it, if you need a fast refresher.

Night before:

1.  Giant glass of water.

2.  Skin tightening eye cream.


1.  Under eye patches.

2.  Hydrating eye cream.

3.  Peach corrector.

4.  Concealer in a triangle shape.  Let it sit for a minute, then blend with a beauty blender.

5.  Yellow powder or cream (based on your skin).

6.  Setting spray.



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  • Lori
    August 7, 2015

    What brand of under eye patches did you use that came in your beauty box?

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      August 8, 2015

      The ones that came in the subscription box were the Talika patches. I’m still using the same pair 🙂

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