Color correcting products have been around for a really long time, but they’ve been having a big surge in popularity in the last year which begs the question, do they really work for under eye circles? Let me start by saying there are a number of factors that contribute to dark under eye-circles (including genetics) so I don’t believe that there is some magically cure-all that’s going to make them disappear. I’m also not a person who uses color corrector everyday, because sometimes you’ve just got to rock those under eye bags. I guess all that is to say, don’t read this and feel like you have to run out and buy color corrector; if you want to try it out definitely, but no one HAS to color correct.
I’ve tried a few different color correctors and because my skin tone is in between dark and light, I’ve ended up mixing two colors to get a good shade. Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Papaya which was sent to me by a friend and Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Look Less Tired (Light)-Peach. Becca does have a shade lighter that would probably work out well as far as shade goes, but I like the mixture of textures in the Becca and the Smashbox products.
The texture of the Becca product is pretty tacky, while the Smashbox Pencil is more creamy, so together they strike a really good balance for me.
I start by applying the orange corrector on the inner third of my under eye area and I pat blend it out towards the outer corner of my eye. I do this all before I even apply foundation. Next I go in the same area with the Smashbox pencil to brighten the under eye area a bit. I finish everything by applying my foundation and under eye concealer.
Overall I think this definitely makes an improvement on my under eye circles, but not necessarily enough that I’d be willing to do it every day. I think it actually does look better in real life than it does in photos (usually I find the opposite is true).
Final verdict on color correcting under eye circles? Meh
I’m still willing to play around with them and see if I find a product that I absolutely love (you will be the first to hear about it if I do), but I can’t help but feel like this just adds another step to my routine that I could live without.
What are your thoughts on color correcting? Are there any color-correcting products you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments below!
Love and Hugs,