Red lipstick is a very versatile makeup item. Besides it’s obvious application, it can be used to help cover up under eye darkness. Yes, it’s true! And easier than you’d think. I’m going to show you how to use red lipstick to cover under eye circles in a few simple steps.
I first learned about this trick during my days as a makeup artist, when I had clients with serious under eye darkness to deal with. Let’s get one thing straight from the get go – yellow concealer doesn’t work! As I’ve shown in the past, the best way to counteract any under eye darkness is to use a pink-toned concealer. Sometimes, though, a simple pink-toned concealer doesn’t cut it, and heavy duty circles need that extra step.
For this purpose, I’d make sure to use a red lipstick that you only use on your under eye area and not your lips. For this tutorial I’m using Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Red Velvet.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Apply a light layer of red lipstick just on the area in question.
I use a flat brush (the MAC #252) to place the red lipstick from the tube on a right triangular area just under my lower lashes. The key thing to remember is to keep this application light.
You can’t even see the red!
Step 3: I always add a highlighter on top of my concealer for an extra boost. I apply straight from the tube around the entire under eye area and then blend in with a buffing brush.
This is the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Glow.
Step 4: Set your concealer with a powder puff and powder of your choice. Since I apply my concealer after my foundation, I used Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Light all over my face, as well as my under eye area.
And you’re done! Say hello to bright eyes. This trick works so well, and is really a great technique for those who have severe under eye circles. It’s a game changer!
Side by side with an unconcealed eye on the right, you can see a big difference!
Red lipstick is so useful – you can even use it as a cream blush!
Just make sure to blend it in really well with a brush or your fingers.
What are some of your favorite concealer beauty tips?