Drk under-eye circles are the things nightmares are made of. But as it turns out, thanks to YouTube vlogger Deepica Mutyala, we recently learned that bright red lipstick can help neutralize those deep purple and blue hues that have made themselves at home under your eyes. We were so impressed by Mutyala’s tutorial, that we decided to put it to the test and try it out on three different skin tones. Check out how we did it (and how our models felt about the results)!
Step 1. After applying foundation, use an eye shadow brush to fill in the entire under-eye area and surrounding region with red lipstick. Check out the lipstick shades we chose for three different skin tones:
● Light/Fair Skin
Lipstick Shade: Red with Pink Undertone (try Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Finish)
● Medium Skin
Lipstick Shade: Purplish Red (try NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary)
● Dark Skin
Lipstick Shade: Coral/Orangey Red (try Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Craving Coral)
Start with a light layer of color and build as needed until the discoloration is no longer visible. Work the color up along the brow line.
Step 2. Take your fave concealer and cover the red layer completely, using a beauty blender or sponge to blend the color in naturally. Build on your coverage until the red is completely hidden.
Step 3. Dust your face with a finishing powder (preferably one that is close to your natural skin tone) to allow for seamless and universal coverage on the face.
We asked our three lovely models to sound off on their experience with the red lipstick concealer and how they felt about the results:
Jessyca (Light Skin): “I was really hopeful that this trick would work, if for no other reason than that it’s so cool. It works really well for Deepica, but she’s got a soft brown skin tone whereas I’m so fair that certain makeup lines don’t make shades light enough for me. Although the pictures make it look like this trick worked for me, it’s really just because I have so many layers of makeup on. In real life, there was still a bit of an unnatural pinkish tinge.”
Diana (Medium Skin): “Honestly, I went in thinking this would not work on me, like, at all. But I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the red lipstick blended out. While it’s not something I would do on a daily basis, it did blur away any darkness. Too bad it doesn’t conceal bags! Haha!”
Nik (Dark Skin): “I was surprised by how well the red lipstick blended into my skin to cover the dark circles. I definitely recommend using a good amount of concealer or foundation to cover the area completely. But for darker complexions, this red lipstick trick succeeds in making your face look brighter and more even overall.”