Whether it was a boozy late night or you inherited them from your Aunt Martha, dark circles under the eyes are often unavoidable. So, if you've been seeing the blues (or purples), I've got some easy directions on how to reduce the appearance of these unwanted tones below:

  • Choose the right concealer: Pick a color about one-half of a shade to one shade lighter than your foundation. Going too light will only amplify the area you want to conceal. Yellowish shades will work best for masking those bluish-purple tones. Try the cream-based Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ($22) or Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer ($5.49).
  • Moisturize: Earlier, I shared with you some of my favorite makeup tips from Robert Jones, and among them, he says to prep the skin before concealing with a generous dollop of eye cream. Concealers are more dense than foundations and are formulated to cover, so you want to make sure that you're nice and hydrated to avoid cakey lines.

To see the rest of my tips, read more.

  • Apply: After your eye cream absorbs and your foundation is done, it's concealer time. With a light hand, apply a few dots of product only on the dark areas (usually in the inner corners and the areas right around your orbital bone). Keeping in mind that less is more, gently "stipple" with your ring finger or a concealer brush to blend, and then blend some more.
  • Smile test: If you're happy with the results, then smile. If any product has shifted or moved into some fine lines, lightly tap with a tissue to remove.
  • Optional highlighting: If you want to add a bit more brightness to your eye area, add a eye brightener on the inner and outer Vs with a brightening product such as Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright ($20).
  • Set it: Give your hard work some lasting power with a light dusting of translucent powder. Try Physicians Formula Pearls of Perfection Multi-Colored Powder ($10.95).
  • In a pinch?: If you're out of concealer, apply a thin layer of foundation all over your face and then go back and apply another layer just to your under-eye area. You can also use the thicker residue from your foundation's bottle cap as a concealer substitute. Concealer not the right shade? Add a little yellow eye shadow to help.