How To Cover Your Under-eye Circles Using Red Lipstick

As a self-proclaimed makeup minimalist, I love a good double duty product. So when I discovered the red lipstick as concealer hack, I thought maybe THIS would be the solution to getting rid of the smudges under my eyes. Apparently some women swear by using the classic lip color to cover dark circles. I mean I always carry a tube of red lipstick (usually MAC Ruby Woo) for situations when I need to look fancy. So if it could eliminate my under-eye bags, too, consider me sold.

Typically when I use concealer, I paint a yellow-tinted formula under my lower lash line and on top of my lid—because under-eye darkness is more of a raccoon situation in my case. That usually takes care of the purple color, but it can sometimes end up looking a little pasty.

The theory is that red lipstick will counteract the bluish-purple undertones. This comes from a makeup technique called color correcting that’s based on the color wheel. Colors that are opposite on the wheel, balance each other out. So red helps disappear shades of blue…supposedly. Here is how my trial turned out.


First I applied foundation all over my face, except for the eye area (I needed some form of protection against the HD lens). Then, I applied a layer of red-orange lipstick over my dark circles and blended with a brush. Finally, I topped it all with a layer of foundation. Tip: Use a different makeup brush to apply your foundation shade because the red lipstick is potent!

The finished results left my dark circles a little less noticeable (sorta kinda), and it left my skin with a rosy flush. No blush necessary! My verdict: I’m going to try this makeup hack again, but layer a yellow concealer on top. That way I can correct the blue color AND brighten the entire area. This trick is popular on YouTube for women with medium-to-dark skin tones (like me). But I also recommend it for dark circles that also appear hollow. See the results for yourself below.


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