Certain colors of eyeshadow are great for minimizing dark circles under your eyes. Learn what color of eyeshadow to wear for dark circles under your eyes with help from a celebrity makeup artist in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Spencer Barnes, celebrity makeup artist. Today, I'm going to show you how to wear eye shadow to minimize dark circles under the eyes. If you have dark circles under your eyes and you want to minimize the appearance of them, often the color either whether it's genetic or maybe you had a rough morning and they just look a little darker than usual, often the color if you examine can be slightly bluish or maybe a little purple. You're going to want to avoid colors that bring out and enhance that quality so maybe choosing a purple or blue eye shadow is a bad idea. I recommend using neutral shades, browns, warm tones, golds, peaches, those types of shades. Those are really going to help lift and open the eye while not bringing out those deeper tones. Today, I'm going to show you how to do to this using Maybelline's Expert Wear Eye Shadow Duo in sun-kissed olive. You'll notice these tones are neutral. They complement her eye tone but there's no blues, purples, grays, anything that might enhance or bring out and add to a dark circle. Since this is a simple two color eye shadow, I'll start out by using the lighter color as a highlight and we'll just come right under the arch of the brow and right onto the lid. By adding this pale gold into the inner corners of the eye and swooping it onto the lid, you're bringing light and you're opening the eye. Often women who have fair skin experience sort of a pinkish kind of reddish under eye dark circle and these soft gold tones will also really help to neutralize that. Notice how pretty and soft this is by highlighting the eye and giving it a little bit of color. Next I'm going to use this secondary color, this olive and use it right in this outer third of the eye and bring it up a little bit into the crease, softly fading as I go. Make sure you blend so that you have a nice even application that looks natural and sort of heightens the contour of the eye. This eye shadow duo makes a very simple foolproof application method, two colors is all you need to do this look. If you have dark circles, obviously you're going to want to start by concealing that under eye area and neutralizing the color tones that are coming through but if you're one of those people that experiences stubborn dark circles that peek through maybe later in the day but you still like to have maybe a coal liner or darker smokier eyes in the evening. Here's a trick. Start by keeping the lash line on the top dark instead of bringing it around on the bottom, keep it on the top. You can smudge it up or keep a tighter line and that will give you that densified thick heavy lash line that will be beautiful but it will also keep this under eye area from looking heavy and drawing more attention to an area that might typically look a little darker. One final tip for you, you'll notice that with this contoured effect on the upper lid and by sort of drawing it upward and outward, you're bringing the attention and the focus here rather than down here so you're really helping draw the eye and the people that look at you they'll notice this part of your eye more. It's a great way to minimize the appearance of dark circles and bring the focus upward and outward. And there you have it, that's how to choose eye shadows to help minimize dark circles under the eyes. I'm Spencer Barnes, and thanks for watching.