Makeup Tutorial: Color Correcting Under-eye Darkness

Color correcting under eye darkness is easiest with a color correcting palette. You will need something with a yellow, orange, and peach color to correct the blueish-purple tones. It can be weird getting used to putting weird colors on your face, but this does work. By the time everything is blended out, most of your problems will be easily camouflaged. I personally use the same two palettes for everything related to color correcting and they work out perfectly for my needs. For this post I used the Stila All in One Correct and Perfect Palette, but I also like the NYX palette if you’re looking for a drugstore alternative. Find it here.

For this you will also need: a concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone, foundation and a setting powder.

Step One: Correcting RednessStep One: Redness Correcting
I don’t always mess around with color correcting because I don’t find it totally necessary when you’re just doing an everyday makeup. I feel like most people have some kind of redness to their face so I figured I would include this step. Green cancels out red so I just dab green wherever I feel like I have the most, and blend it out. If you’re lucky enough to have a normal face then just mosey on to step two.

Step Two: Canceling out dark tones

Step Two: Canceling out dark tones
This is your most important step. Under-darkness needs to be corrected with something yellow, peach or orange. I used a mix of all 3 for this tutorial. It mainly has to deal with how severe the darkness is or how dark your skin tone is to begin with. Darker skin will need more orange, while lighter skin will need more yellow/peach. When applying, you want to drag the product down into upside down triangles onto your cheeks. If not, there will be an obvious area where the product was placed. After you dab this on, blend it out. A Beautyblender-esque sponge works best for these steps.

Step Three: ConcealerStep Three: Concealer
Concealer is going to work for two things: 1) putting color back onto your skin where we canceled it out and 2) highlighting your face. I always use on concealer over the areas where I cancelled out my undereye darkness. As a bonus, you can use it on the “high points” of your face to highlight areas that will blend in with your foundation. I prefer this to cream contouring because it gives a more natural look. However, you can skip the forehead, nose and chin area if you are highlighting/contouring later in your routine. This is just how I like to go about it. Once you have your concealer painted on like a beautiful warrior princess, just blend it out with your sponge.

Step Four: Finish up
Next, I would go in with foundation and finish the rest of my makeup. You can use whatever foundation you normally would. As an added bonus, I feel I can use less after I have taken the time to do the first 3 steps. I know a lot of people would say that this is a little much (because it is) but I would reserve this kind of stuff for special occasions or if your skin is in some serious turmoil that can not be covered by normal measures. Anyway, here is my finished look from this and per usual these are all my own personal pictures with no filters or crazy editing nonsense.





  1. KayleighWelsh says

    I fixed the post because I forgot the most important picture. You will need one of the concealer palettes with “color correcting” colors. I use the NYX one or the Stila one.

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