This Dark Circle Hack Is Sweeping the Internet
By now you may have heard about the wild phenomenon of applying red lipstick in hopes of concealing under-eye circles. The same way you probably rolled your eyes when you first learned about color-correcting concealers and the idea of smearing a rainbow of products across your face to create the perfect neutral hue, we wouldn’t blame you for thinking the whole red lipstick trend is just a giant scheme. Admittedly, that’s what we thought so too at first. I mean, let’s face it, it’s more than just a little bit unorthodox to pat red lipstick around your eye contour. But knowing what we do about color theory (don’t fret—there’s a refresher to come), this popular hack really could be on to something.
Color Theory 101
Makeup’s an art form, so just like we taught you with color-correcting concealers, the trick to mastering the color wheel is understanding the way in which certain shades interact with one another. Yellow concealers can help hide purple or blue veins and bruises, green concealer can help neutralize redness and purple concealer can help to eliminate unwanted yellow undertones. So, where does that leave red? Well, color-correcting concealers have already introduced peach and orange concealers to the market to target the appearance of dark under-eye circles. And, since you’re a color wheel pro, then you’re well aware that those colors are offshoots of red. What does this all mean? In short, this hack may be useful for some to help reduce the appearance of dark circles if you’re in a pinch and/or have run out of your peach- or orange-hued concealer.
Editor’s Note: As much as you may love the sound of this dark circle hack, remember that at the end of the day, you still have lipstick under your eyes. While you already know how important it is to cleanse effectively each and every night, you may forget that removing lipstick often takes a bit more effort. So, when it comes to rinsing away your makeup, reach for a bottle of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof. We especially love this micellar water because it’s formulated for all skin types — yes, even sensitive skin — and removes even stubborn makeup with no rinsing or harsh rubbing.