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Makeup Tips for Under-Eye Bags

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
Makeup Tips for Under-Eye Bags
A woman looking in a mirror while applying eye cream. Photo Credit Richard Ellgen/iStock/Getty Images


Whether a late night out, unfortunate genetics or aging are the cause of your under-eye bags, the goal is the same: to hide the bags and achieve a more youthful, flawless look. Bags often create shadows under the eyes that detract from your other features. While treatments and creams promise long-term results, if you want to hide your under-eye bags immediately, makeup is your best bet. Applying in the right way will cover and conceal the puffiness and shadows on your face.

Cold Cream

Before you use makeup on your face, a good-quality moisturizer containing at least SPF 15 should be applied. Dry skin can exacerbate your puffy eye problem and make them look saggier. Put your cream in the fridge so that when you apply it to your skin, the cold contracts the skin for a tighter, smoother appearance to apply your makeup on.


Dark bags under the eyes can create creases and valleys under the surface of your eyes. This makes for a prime place for makeup to slide into and create a caked, creased surface. By starting your makeup regiment with a primer, you set the skin so your makeup lasts longer, a must if you're covering bags and circles under your eyes for a day out. Just dot a small amount under your eyes and blend outwards to create a flawless surface for makeup.

Yellow Concealer

Yellow concealer works to banish the dark blue shadows that often accompany eye bags and make them look worse. This is because yellow is opposite blue on the color wheel, explains Physician's Formula. The yellow cancels out the blue tone of the shadows for a cleaner look. A thicker concealer should be applied with a small brush or foam applicator to blend a small amount over the eye bags.

White Shimmer

Detract from your under-eye bags and give yourself a wide-awake and brighter look with white, shimmery makeup. Use a small eyeshadow brush and dot white shimmer into the corners of your eyes, near the tear ducts. This immediately allows light to reflect near your eye, to cancel out the drab shadows of your eye bags, notes "Marie Claire" magazine. Add some white shimmer under your brow bone for a more lifted look as well.

Eyeliner and Mascara

When you heavily line the top eyelid of your eyes only, you leave the eyes looking bright and open and call attention to your eyelid instead of your eye bags. Define the upper lid only, instead of closing your eye in by lining both the top and bottom. Then, apply two coats of volumizing mascara on the top only to finish your wide-eyed look, NYC makeup artist Dara Klein tells "Cosmopolitan" magazine.

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