You look exhausted!
Are you sick?
I bet you could use a good nights rest!

Such flattering questions slash statements are almost surely inspired by one doggone thing:

Baggy, saggy, droopy, poopy, dark under eyes.

And those same bags inspire this question that I receive maybe every single day of my life:

How do I fix mine?

It’s time I address that.

Damage control: The absolute BEST way to diminish baggy under eyes and dark circles.
First things first. We’d like to avoid having them at all. The way to do that is:

gulping some major aqua
getting your beauty sleep
taking your vitamins
being born that way

I am aware that some (if not all) of the things on that list cannot always be attained, especially with babies around. I am also aware that (due to genetics) some of us (yes I said us, as in me too) could sleep for the rest of 2013 with an IV pumping fluids and vitamins into our veins and still be baggin’

In that case we move to damage control:

Get yourself a de-puffer:

Save those puffy under eyes!

It took me a looong time to finally try this. I don’t know why, it just seemed gimmicky or something. Finally, my SIL said it was her saving grace, which sealed the deal (she has the best recommendations) I bought it and have never looked back. They de-puff and take the edge of those bags in no time. Get one HERE

Now for the makeup:
Starting with:
Damage control: under eye circles.
Usually dark circles come with some form of puff. The problem comes when you cover just the dark circle under your eye.  Aside from the risk of looking like you’ve been wearing tanning bed goggles you have to deal with the concealer actually bringing out and drawing attention to your bags…but you don’t want the dark stuff to show either! What to do?!
Let me suggest applying the concealer in a pie piece under your eye instead. This way you cover the darkness and create a little arrow direction the attention right to your eyes and evening out your cheek in the meantime. Total life saver. Try it with a yellow based concealer like THIS ONE (if it feels heavy, mix it with a little moisturizer)

Banish Dark Circles!


A thin black line around your eye is going to reeaaallly accentuate those buggers. It will recede the skin closest to your eye and draw all the emphasis right where you don’t want it.
Instead, use a bronze or dark brown shadow (like THIS ONE) and a smudge brush to define your eye with a thicker smokey looking line. This will define your eye ad balance out the bags.
It will also make your eyes look BIG!

Secrets to fixing dark circles.


By wearing your brows a little thicker and more defined you’re drawing the eye upwards (away from the tiredness) I use an angled shadow brush (HERE) and an ashy brown shadow (like THIS ONE) to fill mine.

I hope this helps to produce something more like:

“You look like a million bucks!”
“You are positively glowing!” or
“Are you related to Blake Lively, I could swear you girls are twins!”

Have a marvelous Thursday!
And thanks for all of your funny/sweet/cool comments yesterday, and every day for that matter.
I really dig you guys.



  • Bridgette

    21.03.2013 at 03:33 Reply

    Thanks for the tips…LOVE your blog! Buying the de-puffer right now…as I lay in bed with my 2 year old kicking me in the back as he sleeps :)

  • Andrea

    21.03.2013 at 04:23 Reply

    I’m a 27 and finally finishing up my last semester of undergrad. With so many late nights in the library, I don’t get a lot of sleep. My eyes have been looking pretty lousy and I almost snapped the other day when someone told me, “You look a little frazzled!”. I love your tips and I think they’ll do the trick so I look less tired, thank you!

  • Ashley Fenlon (@ashfenlonx)

    21.03.2013 at 04:33 Reply

    Great post, something every girl should know!

  • Maggie Eppler

    21.03.2013 at 04:36 Reply

    Thank you for the tips! It’s always a good day when you have a new post!

  • Katt

    21.03.2013 at 04:51 Reply

    Thanks for the tips Cara. I found your blog via Pintrest. I have had VERY DARK circles my WHOLE life. HOWEVER, my are not puffy…mine are SUNKEN. I have TRIED EVERYTHING. HELP.

    • Ashley

      21.03.2013 at 13:15 Reply

      I was excited to read this…however, my dark circles have zero puff. Zero. If anything, they are sunken. Not really zombie-like, mind you, just definitely not puffy. Sleep, water, witch doctors…none of it works, and every concealer I’ve tried looks like paste or doesn’t cover at all. If you can tell me how to hid those babies, I will be forever thankful.

      • Katt

        21.03.2013 at 15:33 Reply

        Ashley, I am of NO help I am afraid. I am looking for something as well.

        • Ashley

          22.03.2013 at 09:49 Reply

          Well obviously…lol. I was asking Cara. I just replied to your comment so if she responds, she only has to answer the same question once.

          • Caroline

            03.04.2013 at 10:06

            Burt’s bees royal eye jelly helps…I used this (without sunken bags) and I looked puffy. Hope it helps!

          • Sydney

            21.04.2013 at 06:25

            Depending on your skin coloring, I would try a concealer that isn’t too heavy, you don’t want it to crease like many concealers can. Try something like MAC Pro longwear concealer. Then on top of that try MAC prep and Prime highlighter in Radiant Rose. Apply that in the large pie shaped area under the eye to lighten and brighten. The Radiant Rose should work on light to medium skin tones, It’s got a little bit of a reflective quality without being shimmery or shiny. Avoid heavy powders under the eye as well, because they can cause the foundation and concealer to crease. I use a beauty blender or my fingertips to pat the concealer and highlighter into my skin. Hope that help!!!

          • Olivia

            25.05.2013 at 13:51

            I have VERY dark circles and I’ve had them pretty much my whole life (its hederatery) and the best concealer I’ve found is Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer. The corrector is for people with very dark circles to help cover them better before you apply the concealer. It goes on smoothly, will not crease and it had THE BEST coverage ever!!! No joke! And you can buy the concealer with a setting powder so that it also very helpful.

      • Fallon Ashworth

        01.04.2013 at 01:46 Reply

        I’m the EXACT same! I’ve tried so many concealers. Using these types of tips though has helped a bit. Latest concealer I’ve tried (and still using) is ‘Boi-ing’ by Benefit and it’s certainly up there – good amount of coverage and is a thin formulation. I have very dark circles (like they look like bruises under my eyes) and no puff – ever.

      • Tania

        24.04.2013 at 17:16 Reply

        She never answered any of our comments on this post :(

        • Cara

          25.04.2013 at 01:52 Reply

          Thanks for mentioning this Tania! I get so behind on questions sometimes (between facebook, twitter, youtube and the blog I can completely loose track of what has been answered and not!) So I made a list of my best answer this question at the bottom of this comment thread! Thanks again and I am sorry for the wait!

          • Tania

            04.05.2013 at 07:02

            No problem, Thanks! Love your blog and I voted for you on Allure!

      • Cara

        25.04.2013 at 01:56 Reply

        katie, I am very sorry for the wait on this answer. I am afraid there is not a whole lot you can do with makeup for the sunken circles. ( I know exactly what you are talking about) I think that they are actually pretty on a lot of people and give character, they are not a sign of tiredness like bags:) but if you are uncomfortable with them I do know that you can add restalyn (at a medi spa) in that tear trough and it smooths it out. I’ve had friends swear by it. If they really bother you it might be worth trying?

        • Bonnie

          25.08.2013 at 21:59 Reply

          Cara, as someone who has had dermal filler (Juvederm®) injected into my tear trough in 2008 (my company didn’t use Restylane® in the tear trough because our injectors felt hylauronic acid was softer), I would advise that treatment with caution. I have pale skin and the dermal filler was visible under my skin as a blue-green tinge. Also, when it broke down (as it naturally does), it didn’t do so completely. At first I was pleased about that since it meant having less of a sunken appearance. However, as time has gone on, I can see that the filler has moved down my cheek and there is a somewhat lumpy appearance. I have always noticed the seam between the dermal filler and the natural fat pads of my cheeks. Finally, I feel that it stretched the delicate skin around my eyes and created a crepe-y look when the filler was gone.

      • Jacqueline

        09.11.2013 at 17:10 Reply

        I have the exact same problem and I use MAC Studio Finish Concealor. You can also have your dermatologist inject Restylane or Juvederm under your eyes. It works miracles but it’s expensive and you have to research the right doctor. It lasts about a year.

    • Jen

      22.03.2013 at 18:31 Reply

      Have you tried using Preparation H? (If this sounds crazy, I swear it’s not!)

      • Katt

        23.03.2013 at 04:27 Reply

        NO, I will give it a try. THANKS

      • Angie

        24.03.2013 at 10:40 Reply

        They changed the formula in Prep H and it doesn’t work anymore unless you have some that’s been laying around a couple of years…sorry, just thought I’d let you know before you spent the money on it. :)

        • Jen

          25.03.2013 at 08:48 Reply

          I recently bought some and it worked!

    • Amelia

      26.04.2013 at 18:52 Reply

      I am not a Dr, and I don’t want anyone to think I am trying to make a diagnosis, this is just personal experience…. Everyone I have ever known with super dark rings under their eyes, that are sunken, have iron and vit B deficientcies. I found that a really really good liquid vitamin, that is plant sourced, and extra vit C (and i am also iodine deficient, so I take Kelp as well) have almost eliminated them! But, I checked with a Dr to make sure it wasn’t a medical condition first.

      • Jessica

        26.05.2013 at 12:50 Reply

        That was exactly the problem with me and my sunken eyes. I take B-12 and it has helped. Iron is harder to find. I ordered it online once. Many people have these deficiencies and do not know it.

    • rockermom59

      14.06.2013 at 18:46 Reply

      You know what gets rid of dark circles? Use Revlon Photo-Ready Eye Brightener. It’s the best product created in the last 20 years, besides BB cream!

    • Jennifer

      13.12.2013 at 07:37 Reply

      Sunken here too!

  • Betty

    21.03.2013 at 05:01 Reply

    Your blog is fabulous! I am buying that eye roller today. Thank you for all your amazing advice! I have received so many compliments from the subtle changes I have made after reading your tips and tricks. Happy Thursday :)

  • Nicole

    21.03.2013 at 05:31 Reply

    Um, you just saved my life. :) I was born with deep set, small eyes with dark eye coloring both on and under my eyes. Thank you so much for these awesome tips!!

  • Rhonda

    21.03.2013 at 05:32 Reply

    I absolutely LOVE all your tips and tricks. Ever since I found you and started using all your make-up advice, all my friends say I’m getting younger and they are getting older. I’m finally feeling Fabulous at forty!!! Thanks and get sending us all you posts. We are listening. XOXO

  • Melissa

    21.03.2013 at 05:54 Reply

    Thanks for all your tips, they have helped me so much. I look forward to receiving your emails.

  • amandapowell3

    21.03.2013 at 06:08 Reply

    Thank you for this post!! My undereye circles/bags are genetic and it is a struggle to deal with everyday! I hate the “are you tired” and “do you not feel well?” comments. I would love to wear contacts but wear my glasses to camouflage them. Ugh! I found that I love Benefit’s Erase Paste! It is a yellow sticky concealer!

  • Andrea

    21.03.2013 at 06:09 Reply

    Oh my goodness!
    This is all so clever, I love it. I’m jusssst starting to get some droopy poopy bags, so i was so excited to see this topic. It’s like you KNEW i needed this!

  • JoAnn

    21.03.2013 at 06:21 Reply

    I learn so much from you! The concealer pie idea is genius!

    • maria

      26.04.2014 at 07:40 Reply

      New to the blog..can you explain what the concealer pie is?

  • Randi

    21.03.2013 at 06:32 Reply

    I NEEDED this!! I have two boys (2 & 1) and my dark circles are telling stories! I can’t wait to tweek my makeup this morning to make me look more refreshed! BTW, LOVE your blog!! You have changed how I do almost everything beauty-wise!

  • Lisa

    21.03.2013 at 06:34 Reply

    Cara, you’re the best! Thx for this.

  • Autumn Petraus

    21.03.2013 at 06:51 Reply

    Hi Cara! I would love to brighten and conceal the dark area under my eyes..and have tried concealer as well as a mineral eye brightener….The problem? All the products I’ve tried seem to highlight what i can only describe as “chicken skin” texture, fine lines and dry skin. Nothing I’ve tried seems to plump up that area with moisture and soothe the texture. I’m also struggling with finding a super gentle eye make up remover. Something that will gently take off makeup without tugging. (have tried olive oil and cetaphil but don’t like either.) Any suggestions would be a god-send! Thanks again! You are beautiful inside and out! Your blog is an oasis!

    • Betty Nauman

      21.03.2013 at 15:17 Reply

      I would recommend using coconut oil for eye makeup remover. I have used it forever, it will help your eyelashes from falling out too!

    • The Baker

      21.03.2013 at 18:27 Reply

      Have you tried gentle exfoliation with MAJOR moisturizer afterword? I have the “chicken skin” thing too and that is as close to smooth as I can get…but I onlynrecentlynrealized that area, because of the chicken skin, needs buffing to get rid of the flaky aspect. Then I load on some vasaline or other super thick stuff at night and that helps plump it a bit. Good luck to you!

    • Ang

      27.03.2013 at 22:33 Reply

      Years ago I kept getting eye infections and my eye Dr. suggested scrubbing my lashes at night with a small amount of warm water and a few drops of baby shampoo. I dip 2 Q-tips in the solution and use one for each eye.What I found was not only did it take care of the recurring eye infections but it took off my waterproof mascara easily and quickly…and without irritating or burning my eyes. I then just use a warm wet wash cloth to remove the soap from my eyes. Been doing this now for years! I don’t like using any kind of oil remover because I always end up with it getting in my eyes and having blurry vision for a while.

      • Devin

        13.09.2013 at 21:37 Reply

        My eye doc also recommended using baby shampoo, especially for contact lens wearers. It helps remove calcium deposits.

  • Maddy Cane

    21.03.2013 at 07:10 Reply

    Thanks for the tips, I suffer from insomnia and so have the worst eye bags ever, hopefully these can help me look a little less like the living dead! xxx

    • Lindsey

      22.03.2013 at 09:41 Reply

      I have had insomnia for a long time as well (ever since college changed my internal clock) but I found this vitamin supplement that literally gives me the best sleep of my life, all it is is passion flower you take two a half hour before bed and it knocks you out and doesn’t make you feel drugged in the morning like sleep aids; plus its all natural. I would def recommend trying it if you want better sleep but don’t have more time. :)

      • Sena

        22.03.2013 at 21:36 Reply

        My friends with insomnia also swear by melatonin supplements. Good luck!

        • anna P

          23.06.2013 at 07:45 Reply

          Melatonin knocks me out too – gives me crazy dreams though. Like bad enough that I’d rather not take it. Affects people differently though.

      • Melanie Adams

        07.10.2014 at 14:17 Reply

        Where do you buy this, I also have insomnia. Is it safe for my 15 ur old daughter, must be hereditary because she also has a hard time sleeping.
        Thank you…Melanie

  • Jessica T

    21.03.2013 at 07:25 Reply

    This is SO helpful! Mine aren’t baggy but they are DARK being that I am so pastey white.

    Cara, no one has ever “taught” me make up like you do, I read your blog DAILY and love every minute! I even got my sister (who never ever wears make up) to read your blog for when she’s doing her photo shoots (she’s a photographer).

    Thank you for all your tips!

  • Emily

    21.03.2013 at 07:34 Reply

    Good to hear that depuffer works. I’ve been using that depuffer with concealer and it’s worked pretty well so far, but I’m interested in the regular depuffer

  • Sneza

    21.03.2013 at 08:32 Reply

    “and still be baggin'” lol


  • Kallie Papkie (@blondeeambition)

    21.03.2013 at 08:44 Reply

    I have the same Garnier depuffer but mine already has concealer in it…have you tired that kind? Its great!

  • Shaylin Brunson

    21.03.2013 at 08:52 Reply

    I just added everything you suggested to my amazon cart.. I’ve been getting those awful comments since I was in 2nd grade (I’m now 22) and I have had ABSOLUTELY no clue how to fix it.. I thought I’d just be screwed for life. Thanks so much for this post!! I hope it works for me!!

  • Jo

    21.03.2013 at 09:25 Reply

    Thank you for this amazing post…actually thank you for your amazing blog. As a mother of a 2 yr old toddler and 5 months twins, I will need these wondeful tips on how to NOT look like I haven’t had much sleep in the last 2 years 😉 I’ve been using a lot of your make up/hair tips and tricks and I had a lot of compliments. You’re doing a great job…keep them coming…I honestly love all your posts :)

  • Ashley Grissom

    21.03.2013 at 09:28 Reply

    Awesome tips as always!! I do have a question though; would this be considered the highlighting in you HAC’ing or is this a totally different step?

  • Leah Stenson

    21.03.2013 at 09:32 Reply

    Thanks so much for these tips!!! I have struggled with dark circles/baggy eyes my whole life. Can’t wait to try your suggestions!

  • Michele

    21.03.2013 at 09:35 Reply

    Another wonderful post! As a forty-three year-old mom to three, including one in every age category, I really needed this tutorial! Love starting the day with your posts….:)

  • Sophie

    21.03.2013 at 09:37 Reply

    Great tips!

  • Erin

    21.03.2013 at 10:19 Reply

    I was just going to ask you to do a tutorial on dark circles! Mine seem horrible! You are the best! Thank you!
    PS I just bought the Lorac Pro Pallet today! So excited to play!

    • Erin

      26.03.2013 at 13:56 Reply

      So I absolutely love the Pro Pallet and I also got the UD blush in quickie and like it so much better than the bouncy blush. I am new at the HAC and I am fair but borderline medium. I couldn’t find the physicians formula bronzer you suggested for fair skin so I got a light bronzer from them and it’s more for summer due to the shine. What matte bronzer or powder can I get at a local drugstore that’s cost effective until I get the hang of it?

      • Emily

        26.05.2013 at 23:09 Reply

        NYC’s matte bronzer in “Sunny” is great, and only $3

  • Rikki Barley

    21.03.2013 at 10:36 Reply

    Did you just use one color of eyeshadow and did you put eyeshadow on the rest of your eyelid as well as using it as a liner?

  • Laura

    21.03.2013 at 10:38 Reply

    I love your blog!!! I have really found my inner goddess and finally people tell me I’m simply glowing (being 7 months pregnant). Can you please do a tutorial on your eyelashes? I feel like that is the missing piece for me, and I don’t trust the videos on YouTube anymore. I want to hear it from YOU! <3

  • liz @ btb

    21.03.2013 at 11:34 Reply

    It’s like you’re reading my mind. I just thought to myself yesterday afternoon that with all the HACing I’ve been doing lately, I’ve noticed that my bags don’t look nearly as baggy and my circles are almost non-existent. And believe me, I had them BAD. People have asked me on multiple occasions if I got punched in the eye. The pie shaped highlighting trick has helped SO much. Plus now I don’t look like I have so much face on my face. Sounds crazy, but I have a big face with long cheeks and jawline. The HACing has totally helped break my face up into sections and look smaller.

    My husband even told me “Daaaaang babe, where are you going lookin so good?” and it was just after I did my “Stop light” makeup. . . A little HACing at every red light I got stuck at on the way home. THANK YOU! I swear I tell everyone about your website. YOU HAVE SAVED MY (MAKEUP) LIFE!

  • Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)

    21.03.2013 at 11:37 Reply

    Great tips! Seems like I carry too much baggage under my eyes…

  • Kerry

    21.03.2013 at 11:50 Reply

    Thank you for this post, I so need it!! Besides a puppy who demands to be let out at 4:30 am and lots of stress I notice more and more bags lately.


  • Beth Morton

    21.03.2013 at 12:37 Reply

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I suffer with really bad under eye dark circles and i’m forever being told- you look tired, are you sick, take your vitamins! blah blah blah! I’ve used soooo many different products and concealers in my lifetime its crazy! These tips really help and I can’t wait to try it out and see the results and hopefully the negative comments will disappear too! :)

  • Mary

    21.03.2013 at 12:57 Reply

    Hi! I love this post and your blog! I have a question though, is there any good alternate to the NYX Hawaiian Coffee shade? Is there a good dupe of it in the Lorac palette???

  • samantha

    21.03.2013 at 15:43 Reply

    I am so excited to see this! I’ve been meaning to email for WEEKS requesting you do a ‘bags’ tutorial. I am 34 and have genetic bags that are exacerbated by allergies. They’re not dark/discolored. Just super puffy making my eyes look like pin pricks in my face. Will try the eyeliner and brow tricks today! It gets so old hearing “Wow, you look tired!” “If you rested more your eyes wouldn’t be so puffy” , etc etc.

  • Lindsey

    21.03.2013 at 18:26 Reply

    I am new to your blog and so far I love it! I have recently tried the tinted Garnier eye-rollerball due to several recommendations. My eyes had a reaction to it and watered my eyeliner up to my brow. Not good. :(

  • The Baker

    21.03.2013 at 18:32 Reply

    I just had to tell you, once after a horrible health thing, I was getting well and had slept well and done “good makeup” and I left my house thinking, “Geez, this is the best I have looked in ages!” and minutes into my outing, a neighbor said, “you look so tired, are you well?” and I just deflated! It is funny now, but seriously, the if you can’t say something positive, don’t say it mentality does not occur to some people!

    Thanks for the tips!

  • glambunctious

    21.03.2013 at 19:05 Reply

    Love your how-tos, Cara! The pie piece for under eye concealer (learned in the HAC vid) really changed the way I apply it and makes me look better! Thank you for sharing a great tip!

  • marina

    21.03.2013 at 19:57 Reply

    thanks for the tip Love to see a tutorial l on this!! However when I go looking for the nyx concealer wand in yellow I can’t find it I see white however doesn’t say yellow?

  • Stephanie

    21.03.2013 at 20:10 Reply

    Haha! Love this post! I have a newborn.. I need this!

  • Jen

    21.03.2013 at 20:20 Reply

    cara, I love your blog. you rock. :)

  • Rachel

    21.03.2013 at 21:23 Reply

    YES! I have been NEEDING to read a post like this. I’ve noticed the older I have gotten the more I have dark circles and under eye bags. They haven’t always been there. Its very aggravating. Thank you thank you THANK you for your wonderful advice, once again. Its like you’re reading my mind!

  • Amanda

    21.03.2013 at 22:43 Reply

    Cara, Ive been watching your videos all week and trying to decide what new products I need to purchase….I have a little girl about your sons age (he’s adorable btw, love hearing his voice in your videos and saw him in your 4 min Mommy makeup vid) and I’ve never felt quite as pretty as I see in myself in my old pre baby pics, but thank you for inspiring me to find that beauty in myself again! Anyways, I wanted to share a link I found, I have NO idea if this will really be similar but I was trying to find a budget friendly option for the Anastasia Brow powder Duo and I found a Nyx Brow Powder Duo that looks exactly the same and has great reviews…..and its less than $6! Thought Id share the link for anyone else who might be shopping for this look!

  • Missy

    21.03.2013 at 22:57 Reply

    Wow, I bought that de-puffer but barely used it because I always forgot about it. Also, yeah I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time! Mine are due to genetics and lack of sleep, and genetics can’t be fixed, and with my daughter cutting teeth more sleep isn’t in the picture right now. Every time I look in the mirror and do my makeup all I can see are these bags, I’m going to try these tips out tomorrow ad maybe I won’t look so dead on my feet.

  • Ashley

    22.03.2013 at 04:19 Reply

    If you keep your depuffer in the fridge it works even better!

  • Suzanne

    22.03.2013 at 04:57 Reply

    Ohhhhhhh, girl. You have no idea how much I needed this most right NOW. Literally this week all I have heard is how I looke tired. Yes, I am a little tired, but I wouldn’t say I am totally exhausted! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  • M

    22.03.2013 at 11:14 Reply

    The methods for covering under eye circles are different from covering under eye bags. If you apply concealer directly on the darkest part of the bags that will minimize it much better than the triangle method, which is great for dark circles. You need to minimize something 3 dimensional, and the triangle method won’t work as well as concealing the shadow the bag creates.

    • Mab

      26.03.2013 at 09:58 Reply

      I agree. There is also corrector used to cover different shades if darks circles/spots on your face that cannot be cover with concealer alone. You can use any liner/shadow color you wish as long as it is applied correctly. The shape if your brows will not change your dark circles (first time I’ve ever heard that), but the shape can age you. I think had she used a real representation if her strategy it would have been better to see real results vs in made using a photo editing app/program.

  • 3girls1apple

    22.03.2013 at 11:35 Reply

    Thank you SO much for these great tips! I’m no make-up artist so it always helps to have one in your corner. Bye bye bags!

  • Lindsey

    22.03.2013 at 12:57 Reply

    Totally loved this post especially since I am prone to baggy eyes. Well, more like dark circles, not exactly bags. Anyway, the reason for my comment is so say 1) you are awesome and 2) do you have any plans to post any tips for us girls who wear glasses? and i’m not talking hipster, these aren’t prescription lenses-i just feel cool wearing glasses kind of girl. i’m talking about the girls who wear glasses everyday because we love wearing them (and need them too). Of course, i could solve my own problem and wear contacts, but i just don’t feel like myself without my dark rimmed glasses. :)
    you are great! thanks for always posting such awesome tips and tricks. :)

  • alicia

    23.03.2013 at 17:00 Reply

    hi cara. was wondering if you could make a future post about looking good on the beach, face wise (uneven skintone) and body wise (the cellulite, the unfirm skin), etc. need ways to still look great in and out of the water. thank you soo much.

  • Tania

    23.03.2013 at 19:00 Reply

    Love your blog! Would the yellow concealer work on dark skin? I am Hispanic and have dark olive skin.

  • Liz

    24.03.2013 at 16:30 Reply

    Great Tips! My genetics have left me with Puffy bags & dark circles. I just purchased some cosmetics from Mac & they are great! De-puffer also has silicone in it to smooth out the skin! Concealer works great. Both affordable! Tried many different brands to help with both problems, some work ok, some not at all! Used the Garnier Brand de-puffer for months though didn’t really do much. Good luck ladies…

  • Dame

    24.03.2013 at 16:44 Reply

    I absolutely love all your tips and tricks just found your website and can’t wait to try a few out! Second I was wondering if the garnier eye depuffer works really really good for dark circles if not what would be a great fairly inexpensive product to take on the task, I am only 20 years old and it looks like I barely ever sleep which I get a good 6-8 hours a night and drink lots of water daily I’ve tried other stuff from aveeno but no change

  • Lynette

    24.03.2013 at 17:37 Reply

    I am LOVING your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  • Claire (@LemonJellyCake)

    24.03.2013 at 18:45 Reply

    I’m pale with dark circles that never, ever go away and I get the “you look tired” comment. Thanks so much for the fabulous tips! :)

  • Krys B

    25.03.2013 at 11:07 Reply

    Cara this has changed my life! Thanks for the great tips!! =)

  • She's Pretty Just Ask Her

    25.03.2013 at 11:50 Reply

    This is fabulous! At first, i wasn’t sure what you did to make such a subtle, but obvious difference and reading through, I truly learned something new :) Thanks!

  • bobbysueboutique

    25.03.2013 at 14:29 Reply

    You are a true life (face) saver…..2 toddlers ages 2 & 3 mamas got black(circles)! Love Love Love your website! xoxoxo Trendy Boutique Clothes~Trending Now, Chevron Prints & Maxis

  • Heather Dewald

    25.03.2013 at 22:23 Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! The dark circles and bags are definitely genetic! My mom and I are always looking for ways to deal with it. I’ve been doing everything wrong!

  • maria

    25.03.2013 at 22:57 Reply

    I inherited my dark circles from my dad (gee, thanks dad), and always get asked if I’m tired, or if I slept last night. In fact one time I had an evaluation at my job, and the only reason I got a negative one was because they said I looked tired all the time. REALLY?! Can you guess who left that evaluation crying?! I am going to buy the depuffer tomorrow. Thanks!

  • Debra Rhodes

    26.03.2013 at 17:27 Reply

    Thanks Cara, I am saving your site as my homepage, lol. I have been struggling for years with “baggage” & hate them so much. I have used the Garnier without any change as well as cucumbers, tea bags,spoons, Prep-H & everything, Nothing works for me!! I have tried different concealers & I just can not get it right. I followed your video & still for some reason mine will not cover. :( I use products from Avon, Cover Girl & Mark. maybe its the product. Please help, my self esteem keeps dwindling!!

    • Debra Rhodes

      26.03.2013 at 17:29 Reply

      also the strange things is I only have the puffiness NO darkness

  • Debra Rhodes

    26.03.2013 at 17:30 Reply

    forgot to add, I am 35 years old, I have NO dark circles just puffiness, I can send a pick to you

  • Britta Pilnik

    26.03.2013 at 17:50 Reply

    My english is very bad, but let’s get it a try.
    How do I get rid of the baggy dark circle, without makeup?
    I just ran out of money and makeup(no good combo), so I’d like to know if you have some tips to me?
    I drink alot of water and sleep very well, but they wont disappear!

    Great blog!

  • Erika ~ Prey Species

    27.03.2013 at 03:49 Reply

    Have you seen: NY’s Own Bill Cunningham (documentary on Netflix about the NY Times fashion photographer???) If not, highly recommended…..I’m pretty much a fashion failure these days and still loved the show :) I’m providing a link to my web site where I did a review of the documentary in case you want to check it out :) If not just Google search or pull it up on Netflix – it’s part of the instant view collection – I have a feeling you would love it! From one Netflix addicted girl to another – Happy Movie Watching!!!

  • [email protected]

    28.03.2013 at 12:01 Reply

    I just recently bought Almay’s depuffing concealer and so far I would say its a winner. Try it an let me know what you think.

  • paulinkad

    28.03.2013 at 16:19 Reply

    Awesome Post :) Thanks!

  • Sara Webb

    28.03.2013 at 20:37 Reply

    Hi, great ideas. I have had dark circles for the majority of my life. I am a nurse practitioner and have lots of patients ask me what is wrong with them because of dark circles. It wasn’t until I was in Nurse Practitioner school that I learned that it can be from allergies. I can sleep forever and still have dark purple circles under my eyes. When you have allergies, the tissues inside your nose can swell, causing nasal stuffiness. When the swelling happens, the venous blood can not drain completely from around the eyes. That is what causes the dark circles also the puffiness. Usually a cool cloth for 10 minutes will help, and great allergy control.

    • jorien

      16.04.2013 at 02:06 Reply

      I’ve read using the neti pot helps if y o u have allergies and dark circles.

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    29.03.2013 at 10:36 Reply

    Omg! You are a genius!!

  • Jennifer

    29.03.2013 at 12:41 Reply

    I have the same problem! Please help us Cara! TIA!

  • Kelsey

    30.03.2013 at 19:22 Reply

    Seriously… you read my mind! I needed that post BAD. Maskcara is my favorite beauty blog, lady! Keep it up!

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  • Hannah

    01.04.2013 at 13:56 Reply

    Cara, What type of vitamins should I take to help reduce under eye circles? Great post, by the way! It really helped me!

  • Elvira

    04.04.2013 at 13:12 Reply

    Thank you SO much! I was wondering why my colleague keeps thinking I’m tired, even though I was wearing concealer… I’m going to try your ‘cake piece’ tip tomorrow :)

  • amandapowell3

    08.04.2013 at 07:18 Reply

    So I have to share an AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING product I just found last week!!! Peter Thomas Roth makes this eye serum called Eye FirmX. You can find it at Sephora, Amazon, etc. It basically tightens your undereye circles and almost makes them disappear!! And I have genetic, dark, puffy eye circles. I seriously cried when I used it for the first time because I was so amazed!

  • SarahW

    09.04.2013 at 15:23 Reply

    Are the products that you recommended, the products used in the photos?

  • Ary

    09.04.2013 at 18:58 Reply

    I have try the concealer trick and it works!! I can see the difference! I will def keep at it :)

    • Stephanie

      10.04.2013 at 15:44 Reply

      I have been doing this the last few days, but it seems like my mascara rubs off under my eyes after i apply the concealer. What do I need to do differently? I have never ha this problem until concealing.

  • Emily

    13.04.2013 at 06:51 Reply

    Wow looks great! I wonder if I should use a different color for my brown eyes. Maybe something with a bluish greyish tint instead…

  • Elisa (@HipMom)

    14.04.2013 at 00:08 Reply

    This is a fantastic tutorial, thank you!!

  • Valeria Fugate

    15.04.2013 at 07:25 Reply

    Just forwarded this to all the tired Mommas i know, under the heading of Momma Makeup. 😉 Thanks Bella! :)

  • melissa630

    15.04.2013 at 18:34 Reply

    oh my, where have you been all my life?? Fantastic blog. I can’t wait to try your hints and tips. I’m a victim of genetic dark circles (no puff) and have tried pretty much everything… and still looking. I love that everything is available on amazon… thank you for making it so easy!!

  • Marci

    01.05.2013 at 10:03 Reply

    I pinned your “Self Tanning Stuff” post a long time ago on Pinterest and Summer creeping up has just now inspired me to read it. I should have read it MONTHS ago! You’re amazing! I’m definitely going out to buy Sun Labs ASAP! :)
    From that post, I saw this one. Also AMAZING! As you could probably tell from the viewing of the Sunless Tanning post, I’m super pale, and this makes my dark circles even worse! Plus I have no time for sleep or anything beneficial :( So, I love these tips! I will be doing my makeup like this from now on. Thank you so much!

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  • S

    06.05.2013 at 20:43 Reply

    I don’t agree with the eyeliner… smudge it does like that?? Now you’ve just created a shadow dark circle….

  • Laurence

    07.05.2013 at 17:12 Reply

    I just discovered your blog and I cannot wait to try out these tips. Thank you!!!

  • emily

    08.05.2013 at 08:17 Reply

    Thanks for the tips! So to get this right, you do not line the eyes, you put an eyeshadow under and over the eyes and then smudge it in? I am trying to figure out how you got from figure 3 to figure 4 where it is blended so well. Thanks!

  • Emily G.

    08.05.2013 at 12:53 Reply

    Actually the Garnier Skin Renew has alcohol in it, which can dry the skin. This product I do not recommend for everyday uses!

  • HB

    16.05.2013 at 18:39 Reply

    Cara, you have extremely beautiful eyes. I wish people told gray-eyed beauties that more often.

  • Jessica

    22.05.2013 at 17:35 Reply

    This thing didn’t work for me.

  • Randi

    02.06.2013 at 21:11 Reply

    I have been waiting FOREVER for tips like these, I am constantly searching for tips on how to make my eyes look less baggy (and they never help) because I always have them no matter how much sleep I get and like you said people are always like “oh you look tired” and im usually not…so thank you thank you thank you!

  • Laila

    04.06.2013 at 22:31 Reply

    Thank you for this post, it really help me, it really help us, I’m going to save it as my favorite so that I can access to it eassily!


  • Melissa

    11.06.2013 at 08:21 Reply

    I have dark circles from allergies so they arent necisarrily puffy, just dark. The best thing I have ever used is Bare Minerals “Well rested”. It makes a HUGE difference.

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  • pam adams

    16.06.2013 at 12:38 Reply

    I am trying this today. Just this week one of my favorite service techs was in and told me “Girl you look rough!” He had never said anything like that to me before. I have had a stomach virus and my neuropathy has been flaring at night, so I had a little dehydration, severe lack of sleep and probably vitamin depletion. Feeling better now, but still have puffy dark eyes, so will give this concealer trick a shot, I hate the raccoon eye look! But this will work. Thanks a million

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    21.06.2013 at 06:15 Reply

    So glad I found this!!! Thank you for the amazing tips!! I even blogged about it!! Here’s the link: 😉

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  • Alecia

    08.07.2013 at 06:10 Reply

    It’s funny how you know just what mistakes we all make and how to fix them. I didn’t realize how much of a difference it makes to thicken your eyebrows and to apply concealer in a pie shape! Also, my mom totally lines her eyes like that (the Don’t do this look) and complains about her dark under eye circles. I’m gonna have to show her this! Love-it! 2 babies keep me awake half the night every night, I so need this thanks! Love Love Love your blog!!! Thanks!

    • Aymen

      17.07.2013 at 12:23 Reply

      drink a lot of water as it freshens the skin and apply Garnier cream!!!

  • Heather

    11.08.2013 at 09:42 Reply

    Please, please stop lining the inside of your lash line. Besides the fact that it wears off quickly because of the moisture on that part of your eyelid, the makeup can cause styes and other gross and potentially detrimental problems with your eye.

  • Lauren

    14.08.2013 at 00:09 Reply

    I know this post was from a while ago. But it is lovely! So helpful! You are a true gem and I would LOOVE to meet you some day! Your whole blog for that matter is lovely! You make women feel beautiful on the outside definitely. BUT you also make sure to remind us to feel beautiful on the inside. And you are so real about it. And you’re so relatable and funny! I love that you’ve embraced what you look like without make up, and dang girl, you have owned it! 😉 You are such a beautiful person and I’m so happy that I found your blog about a year ago. Thanks for all you do. If I lived in Vegas, I would casually (not creepily) stop by and give you a big hug and a high five for all you do!! So thanks Cara! xoxo Lauren

  • Kathie

    24.08.2013 at 10:59 Reply

    I just found your blog yesterday……stayed up LATE watching your tutorials! Absolutely loved them….I’ll be 70 this year, but still love tips & tricks….and need them now more than ever! Even Old Ladies enjoy looking good!!

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    25.09.2013 at 22:52 Reply

    You have the best blog!! So funny, so real and such awesome tips!! Haven’t been here for a while, but came across a link on Pinterest and am sooo happy for the reminder. Keep up the fab work – you’re a 1 in a million as far as I’m concerned :)

  • Melissa

    26.09.2013 at 19:30 Reply

    I love your tutorials and tips! I just wanted to share with you an amazing dark circle and puffiness pen.

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    01.10.2013 at 07:48 Reply


    Could you do make-up for the older woman, I mean older woman over 70. some of us still care. Also, with grey hair.


  • Janice

    08.10.2013 at 19:45 Reply

    Wish I would’ve read this before I bought a tube :) Definitely does not work, the eye roller de-puffer works much much better!

  • dinnersforwinners

    08.10.2013 at 22:40 Reply

    Wow! Girl you are a godsend, I am pathetically handicapped with makeup and your instructions are saving my LYFE. I am watching your videos, applying your techniques, purchasing some conservative products and making my face look awesome! For a girl who used to use red and black eyeliner UNDER her eyes ONLY in high school to look like a cracked-out rock and roller, then “progressed” to a conservative everyday face that took like TWENTY ENTIRE minutes and looked like your “before” on “beauty blunders”………. oh, dear.

    But I am learning, I am determined not to look exactly like I did at 22, as some of my friends have been in the habit of doing, and my sister gifted me some fabulous M.A.C. stuff for my birthday and I swear I would not know what to do with it without you!

    But I am killing it!!

    Makeup has always been such a mystery to tom-boy me and I used to always say “I need a makeover! I need someone to help me learn how to do this shiz!” But here you were, all along, online for my edducation. THANK YOU I love you.

    Was that too far? I do love you a little. xoxoxoxoxo

  • Darcy

    10.10.2013 at 12:48 Reply

    Hello there. Does anyone know what color of the NYX eyeshadow is recommended? The other day when I clicked it was, “skin tight” but today it is a purple color? Cara (or anyone else), would you let us know what shade of NYX shadow you recommend? Thanks!

  • Jennifer Wright

    14.10.2013 at 09:42 Reply

    Love love love this! I’ve long been a genetic dark circle sufferer and just started wearing my concealer in more of a triangular shape and it works SO much better.

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  • konstantinacharney

    31.10.2013 at 13:43 Reply

    Great advice & application techniques. Wonderful job Cara, the only bags I like are shopping bags!
    Love your blog :)

  • Sunni

    06.11.2013 at 16:13 Reply

    First of all, I found your blog through Pinterest last night and I have been looking around as much as I can since. Love you and your blog and I am so happy that you have recognized for your talents! Big hugs!!!
    So I apologize if someone already asked this but what kind of concealer do you recommend for someone with olivey/tan skin, almost like a latte/cappuchino color, lol. I was looking at the NYX concealer and they also have purple, blue and yellow along with the different skin tones. Thanks a million :)

  • christian

    22.12.2013 at 00:04 Reply

    Oh my goodness! I think I love you!!!! The “pie piece” thing! I’m trying it in the morning!!! Battling the dark circles since I was 5!

  • thespachick

    22.12.2013 at 21:36 Reply

    Great Tips!!! I LOVE your Blog!! & I have the BEST Depuffer out there!!!! Would Love to send you one to review Cara!

  • ailynk

    23.12.2013 at 06:31 Reply

    i can see it so clearly now

  • Navneet

    23.01.2014 at 21:25 Reply

    the pics could have said lil more :)

  • karina

    02.02.2014 at 12:15 Reply

    love this post,wish i had known this years ago,thanx :)

  • Catherine Dingle Schreiber

    05.02.2014 at 16:01 Reply

    Hi Cara, the Garnier de-puffer comes with concealer, too and, even though I have a handful of very expensive, makeup artist recommended concealers in my arsenal, this one is my personal go-to. Creamy, light, cooling, cheap, and it lasts for frickin’ EVER.

  • [email protected]

    14.02.2014 at 04:45 Reply

    Sheeew bout never got to the end where I could leave a comment, congrats on your marriage, I have the eye roller have been using it foreva, but I was not putting it on in the right place I was just putting it under my eyes it works well now thank you soooo much

  • becca

    14.02.2014 at 04:48 Reply

    Also not to sound gross but hemroid cream also takes swelling down outta your eyes also

  • Boni

    26.02.2014 at 19:15 Reply

    Great advice! I don’t have dark circles, but occasionally I get temporarily puffy due to sleeping wrong or not enough. This is all very excellent advice. :-)

  • Erika

    26.04.2014 at 18:58 Reply

    Omg bless u for this!! I have horrid dark circles under my eyes with no puffiness…but that lovely chicken skin thing going on. I’m trying this concealer technique tomorrow and hope that it helps. Just discovered this blog today…Will be spending some time reading every bit of it!!

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  • Kathy

    23.05.2014 at 18:34 Reply

    I saw a YouTube video on erasing dark circles under your eyes, (yes I have them, I don’t sleep well) and the answer the make-up artist gave was after applying your primer, apply a salmon or dark peachy eye shadow or loose powder blush directly on the blue/purplish line under your eyes, NOT from the dark circle to eye lashes, just on the dark line itself! The peachy color actually blocks the blue/purple line. Apply a light application of concealer over the peachy color and under eyes and follow with base and a light dusting of finishing powder like Mineral Veil. It works!

  • Morgan

    04.06.2014 at 15:13 Reply

    As always you have amazing tips and pictures! I have monstrous dark circles, and will definitely be trying some of these out. Thanks for always writing such fabulous pieces!

  • Jennifer V.

    05.06.2014 at 15:56 Reply

    Cara, your blog is the best ever!! Love the pie idea, and taking the attention from the bags up to the brows, so smart! Thanks for sharing your fabulous tips!!

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    Thanks for the tip! I will try it today.

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    14.07.2014 at 05:35 Reply

    Every mom needs this trick! My kids were up at o’dark thirty again! :) Thanks for posting!

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    This is a spectacular run down mama. I love the drawings you do on top of your pictures – please spill the beans how you to do that?

  • Tonya Pillai

    20.01.2015 at 14:02 Reply

    How do you blend the concealer that is in the pie shape?

  • Maggie

    23.02.2015 at 01:34 Reply

    Wow great tips thank you

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    Just came across this post on Pinterest. Thanks for the tips, definitely going to try them. 😀

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    This is such a good post, I keep sharing it with people who ask about eye bags

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    Would LOVE for you to do a video, PLEASE.

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