The Unabridged Undereye Concealing Routine

undereye concealer routine

I won’t lie. Coming up with an undereye concealing routine is probably one of the hardest makeup things I’ve had to do. Even when I have found a foundation that works well enough pretty much on its own, this seemingly small problem actually takes several products and some patience to solve. Of course there is a faster way or two of doing things, but I’ve found that the combination of a primer, a concealer, a brightener, and a powder achieves the best result. Check out the step-by-step of my unabridged undereye concealing routine!

Sisley Instant Perfect packaging

First thing first: a primer. I have tried to use my foundation primers for the undereye area, but none of them worked out too well. For one reason or another, they all end up accentuating dryness. *Sisley Instant Perfect claims to reduce shine, smooth fine lines, and erase imperfections. The silicone-heavy formula does blur pores, but it offers no oil control. In general, I am not a big fan of silicone-heavy primers. However, one day I decided to try it in my undereye area, and I discovered it works well that way!

Sisley Instant Perfect review

The formula “plumps up” the undereye area somehow, and it creates a smooth canvas. It helps concealer stay put and prevents it from looking dry and cakey. The small 20 ml tube goes for about 44 euros here. Since you only need a tiny little bit each time however, it should last a long, long time.

NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer

Next up, concealer. I am still on NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer (original review here). I wouldn’t call it a “holy grail” simply because it could sink into that “fine line” underneath my right eye, but with some help, it does work well.

NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer swatch

You can see the shade seems “off” on my arm, but the peachiness is great for brightening up the undereye area!

YSL Touche Éclat packaging

For some extra brightening, here comes the iconic *YSL Touche Éclat. I have it in Luminous Ivory (N2). The line-up includes 12 shades, but it is not a concealer (I tried once just to see what would happen. It was not pretty!). It illuminates darker areas instead. I use it where the darkness under my eyes is the most pronounced (you will see it in the step-by-step), next to my nose, and in the corners of my mouth. I never thought I’d like it this much (I tried a similar product before. It didn’t work out), but it is now very much an integrated part of my makeup routine!

YSL Touche Éclat tip

One of the best part about YSL Touche Éclat is that with one click, I have just enough product for all the areas I just mentioned. I don’t have to worry about wasting anything!

YSL Luminous Ivory (N2)  Touche Éclat:

YSL Touche Éclat 2 Luminous Ivory swatch

Last but not least, a little bit of powder with brightening properties goes a long way. I used to reach for Guerlain Crazy Météorites for this purpose, but I recently discovered Givenchy Poudre Première. I personally really need to set my concealer with powder (I have tried to go without. Again, it was not pretty!), but I need a non-drying and smoothing one. So far, Givenchy Poudre Première is the best for this purpose!

Now let’s see a step-by-step!

Step 1: bare undereye area

step 1 bare undereye area

Step 2: Sisley Instant Perfect 

step 2 Sisley Instant Perfect

Step 3: NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer

step 3 NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer

Step 4: dotting on some YSL Touche Éclat

step 4 highlight with YSL Touche Éclat

Step 5: blending Touche Éclat in

step 5 after YSL Touche Éclat

Step 6: after some powder, we are done (you have seen the look here)!

RBR Tanzanite Essence Quartz Eyeliner EOTD, undereye concealer routine

The shortcut would only include the concealer and powder, but the unabridged routine exists for a reason! Also, I can see that the concealing isn’t as close to my lash line as it usually is, but I normally conceal before I put my eye makeup on. When I was getting the photos done, I did it the other way around, and I didn’t want to end up ruining my eyeliner.

Now tell me, what is your undereye concealing routine?



  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Pretty much the same! What powder do you use under your eyes to set it?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Now I use Givenchy Poudre Premiere! It used to be Guerlain Crazy Meteorites, but I think the Givenchy one creases less!

  • Divya

    Oh wow! the result is remarkable! Thats quite a routine you have there and the products are all quite exquisite! I on the other hand cannnot be bothered with so much precise application for the simple reason that I lack patience! Secretly I think I like a little shadow under my eyes makes me look wiser! 😛

    The Conscience Fund

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha I used not to fuss about it too much, either. For the past year or so I can actually see my undereye area is not as smooth as it used to be, so I have to spend some time covering it up :p

  • Judith

    Sunny, your bare undereyes is making me green with jealousy! It already looks really great. Because my eyes are deep set I have a natural shadow made by my brow bones, I also have transparent skin so a lot of blueness around my eyes! My routine is foundation, cinema secret corrector a peachy shade and then either make up for ever lift concealer or mac select cover up and I set with a small brush with a pure silica powder (mufe HD). And still I have some blue left!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Judith! I know the problem with deep-set eyes because Dr. D has them, too (lucky he’s not a girl).

      The thing is for some reason, it’s never a good idea to put foundation under my eyes. It just gets dry and cakey. Not a good look! I think makeup is not about perfection. It’s more about improvement. I’ve never really notice anything in your undereye area!

  • truecolorjoy

    sunny… at least tell us you picked a really good skin day when you took photos for this post? if your eyes look like this most of the time, your concealer money can clearly be better spent elsewhere 😛 both bf and i agree, there’s barely anything to cover. if my circles were as light as yours, my cc cream would do the job! not all of my concealer formulas need setting, but if it does, i’ve actually been using my Urban Decay Foxy eyeshadow for it. as for my current routine, i know you’ve already read about it o.~

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joy, actually not at all! It looked worse than usually that day because I didn’t sleep well. I was actually doubting if I should wait till it looked a bit better but I went ahead with it anyways.

      The thing is for one reason or another, no foundation looks good in my undereye area. I should probably have mentioned this in the post, but even something like Guerlain Parure de Lumiere ends up looking dry and cakey there!

      • truecolorjoy

        ah i see. i’m assuming you’ve retried your foundations after discovering the primer trick and still a no go?

        good thing you were having a bad day otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to see anything! at least now you know your steps are totally capable of dealing with worst case scenario.

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Yeah. Also, for the season, every base I like is a bit mattifying, which is a BAD idea for my undereye area!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Most of the time I just use some foundation and powder but I’m going to give the Sisley primer a try !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, I would just use some foundation if I could, but foundation never ever looks right in my undereye area so I kinda gave up on that!

  • 38noodles

    Wow! That’s a great routine you’ve found! I’ve never thought about priming for under eye concealer, but it makes absolute sense! I was considering the Sisley primer, but it’s rather pricy, so I’ll have to wait until a sale comes up. My problem is overdoing it, completely covering the dark circles and eye bags, which results in making my eyes look smaller and overall makes me look constipated. Ulzzang magic I needs!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Noodles, I think a primer helps!

      I’ve never really thought about it that way (I mean the complete coverage would make eyes seem smaller problem). Maybe lining your lower lash line with a lighter would help? I personally need more definition. My eyes look bigger that way.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Sometimes I feel like the more I try to perfect my under eye area the more I end up emphasizing the fine lines… So right now I use very little product in that area, just to keep it fresh. Your routine looks lovely though, and your under eye area looks so smooth and even!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I know that problem! That’s why I stopped using foundation there. Layering concealer on top of a foundation in that area has never really worked for me!

  • Icaria

    Love the idea of the primer! I have one I’m not using much so I’ll try that tomorrow. Too bad NARS irritated my eyes because I really liked the finish.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Gah I’m so sorry to hear about the irritation! If I accidentally get ANYTHING onto my lower waterline my eyes could get irritated as well, so I have to proceed CAREFULLY.

  • Sara_BeauTime

    Hi Sunny. this is a great basics post. I am always very interested in concealer routines of others since nothing seem to work all that well on my dark rings. I use Dior Hydra BB for eyes and usually added Estee Lauder’s light illuminating pen on top but now that it is discontinued and mine is finished, I might give Touche Eclat a go.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sara, what dark ring? I’ve never noticed that on you!

      I’ve been curious about the Dior eye BB cream. Maybe I should take a look soon! If I’m not mistaken, the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB is probably the replacement for the old version. You can look into both!

  • Nati

    I look again and again and your undereye area looks perfectly fine in the first picture already! (that’s suppose to be a compliment :) I mean If only I had your skin Sunny girl!!
    Well, anyway this is a hell of a tutorial post, and silicon primer does sound like a neat idea and the final result looks super smooth.
    I have a situation too, deep set eyes, I also have some discoloration going on, my skin is very dry in that area, so set with powder and I get me a crackle look. It is really problematic. So I just use one product, so far YSL anti-cernes has done the job, but it is quite expensive so I have acheaper option for everyday, NYX concealer jar. And that’s all I have to sa ’bout that 😛

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Nati! You guys are way too kind!

      Hahaha it’s great if you can get it done with one product! I’ve tried NOT to set my concealer with a powder. Not only does it crease faster that way, everything kinda just melts!

  • TheProcrastinator

    LOVE this routine! Thanks for sharing — I’d never thought to use an undereye-specific primer, but I will definitely look into it now! I really liked the way Pai Echium Eye Cream set makeup underneath my eye, but nothing else has really felt similarly smooth.

    Hope you do more of these!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I’m glad you found it helpful!

      Oh yeah that eye cream is really, REALLY good. I test eye creams so I can’t stick to it, but so far it is indeed the best in keeping my undereye area hydrated without making a mess out of my concealer!

  • Isabelle

    When I started using a thicker primer on my under eyes, things dramatically improved as well! Sometimes my under eye area looks all dry and patchy for no reason, but a good primer always helps. I’ve been powdering off lightly with the new Laura Mercier translucent powder, which has been amazing for the area as well! Very velvety.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yay! I wouldn’t use a primer like this all over my face, but for the undereye area it’s perfect!

      I’ve heard great things about the Laura Mercier loose powder! Glad it’s working well for you :)

  • Silke

    Ah this post is great! I’m pretty much lacking a good under eye concealing routine, but this sounds quite good and effective! I should really buy the YSL touche éclat aswell..

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Silke, I’m glad you found it helpful!

      There are similar products to Touche Eclat, but I think it’s great they have a big shade selection. You can always find one that blends easily into your skin tone!

  • Lily

    Thanks for this post :-) Now that I’m getting more sleep, I don’t have to worry too much about concealing my undereye area. I have to enjoy these few months though, because once the baby is out, it’s back to panda eyes. LOL!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha yeah my bestie became a mama two weeks ago, and she is seriously sleep-deprived! People tell me this only lasts for a few months though. Otherwise the human race would have become extinct a LONG time ago!

  • Sofia

    Wow love the instructions for this routine. I have the same NARS concealer in Honey :) Same here, I wouldn’t say its holy grail. Though I’m very happy with it compared to the last concealers I’ve had (a few benefits ones that I’ll never buy again).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yay! I’m glad to hear you like Honey as well! I’ve only tried Benefit Erase Paste, but that’s a never again as well :p

  • Larie

    Hey you don’t have dark circles to begin with 😛 Hahahaha! I have complete panda eyes in the morning…bah. But I only use Bobbi Brown’s corrector and some powder because I am lazy and too much product just makes me look old.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You guys are too kind!!! I do! I’ve been told people who have allergies get worse dark circles, because the circulation is bad.

      I’ve tried the Bobbi Brown concealer/corrector, but they always melt my eyeliner! So sadly, as great as they make my undereye area look, I can’t buy them :(

  • Jennifer Monforton

    This was super helpful! You picked some lovely products and they seem to work perfectly together. Glad you found a good use for the Sisley primer and I really want to try that NARS concealer :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Jennifer!

      You should give the NARS one a go. It’s not perfect in my book, but it’s really good!

  • Lena L

    Nice post! :)
    But seriously Sunny, you don’t seem to need all these steps. Your under eye area already looks flawless at around step 3! I heard it is best to use a concealer with peachy/salmon color for this purpose. NARS concealer color looks perfect.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Lena! I do have to set it with a powder though. I’ve tried to go without, and I don’t ever want to do it again!

  • Syirael

    *sigh* I WISH I had a perfect undereye concealing routine…sadly, it pretty much consists of ‘touche eclat then some foundation powder’ which works, but isn’t ideal in the long term! 😀 I have grand plans to try some more different concealers, but it’s hard to do at the NZ price point. 😛 I like the inspiration from this post, though!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Syl, if it works, it work! I’ve heard good things about some drugstore concealers, but I know that even drugstore stuff costs quite some money in NZ :(

  • SprinklesOnACupcake

    Nice routine. The Sisley seems nice, must check that out! I do love the ysl as wel!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Petra!

      I never really thought I’d like Touche Eclat this much. I tried the Clinique version before, and sadly that really didn’t work out. This one on the other hand, is pretty dang perfect!

  • Nikki P.

    I don’t really have much of an undereye concealing routine except putting on Za Cosmetics’s concealer which brightens up my undereyes and setting it with powder. But I truly enjoyed this post. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Nikki! I wish my undereye area were less fussy, but it is so I had to go through great length to solve the problem!

  • Jaa

    I’m intrigued about the Sisley primer! 😀 I don’t think I’ve ever used more than one makeup product under my eyes. Usually just either a concealer or a brightener and that’s about it. When I put more, it seems to accentuate my fine lines and cake. :(

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jaa, yeah I know that problem, too. I can’t use foundation in the undereye area, but without a primer/powder concealer could crease fast.

  • peggy timmermans

    Wow Sunny that’s quite a routine you have there! Som many products!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know :p My undereye area is really fussy!

  • Natalie

    I love the maybelline instant age rewind under eye concealer (longest name ever) but I also love the Touche Eclat. I really like products that are moisturizing under my eyes, but I haven’t tried a primer before. Sounds like a great step.
    I want to try the Dior BB eye or the Smashbox one. They both look like they could be good.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, I’ve heard great things about the Maybelline one! I like moisturizing concealers as well, but if it’s too moisturizing, my eyeliner smudges fast. It’s hard to find the right thing!

      I’m definitely interested in the Dior BB one as well. I have no access to Smashbox here, but in any case I want to wait till I’m running out of the NARS one :)

  • popsicle13

    i use mac prolong wear concealer under my eyes … it works wonder ;]

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOO I really should give it a go! Thanks for the recommendation!