Thursday, September 9, 2010

Question from a reader: How to conceal dark eyelids

I received a fantastic question from Meena. I thought I would also post the answer here since I have tried so many products to fix this problem:

"I am an Asian indian, Nc42 , but have dark (plum color)eyelids. When I put [MAC] soft ochre, or painterly or bare canvas [paintpots] they look more greyish white on me. Do you have the same problem. Do you put a concealor on your eyes, or something, to even out dark eyelids skin tone and make it look nude vs plum.

Look forward to your advice.


Hi Meena,
Yes, I totally suffer from this problem. Not only dark eyelids, but darkness underneath the eye as well. In this post I will talk about some killer products for NC40-42 skintone to solve the dark eyelid problem.

Treatment: I am trying out the 100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream, Organic Coffee Bean 1 oz (30 g) to lighten the area around my eye. I will use it for 2-3 more weeks to let you know if it is working or not.
100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream, Organic Coffee Bean 1 oz (30 g)

If your lids are puffy like mine are most mornings, apply Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller .5 fl oz (15 ml)

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller .5 fl oz (15 ml)
Step 1. After moisturizing the area, I apply a thin layer of MAC Layin Low Paintpot, unfortunately it was limited edition. But keep an eye out, and definitely snag it if they re-release it. An alternative to this product is Ben Nye Blue Neutralizer - No. 2

Blue Neutralizer - No. 2
Step 2. After applying a thin layer, you need to set it with powder immediately. The cheapest product is Ben Nye Visage Poudre Luxury Powder in the shade Banana - it's a pale yellow powder.
Visage Poudre Luxury Powder

Other two options are: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder 0.35 oz OR Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder 0.35 oz 

Step 3: The last step is to apply a matte eyeshadow that is very close to your skintone. I love MAC Eye Shadow in Brule

MAC Eye Shadow Satin Brule

After all of the above steps my eyelids are nice and concealed and match the rest of my face. Hope this helps.

I would love to get more questions from my readers. Please comment below, or send them to me at


Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...

I suffer from dark eyelids too and never thought to ask someone how to get rid of them..

I have to say that if anyone reads this comment and wants something cheap to help diminish them, use the green eye roll on. I have been using it just to moisturise under my eyes but it works brilliantly and toning down the darkness on the lids becuase I can see a marked improvement now that I think about it.

The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

As someone with the same skintone and shade as Meena can I suggest MAC's Paint in Bamboom as a better base for our colouring? It's a great match.

jacy ( said...

hey i'm hoping you can help me (: im a newbie to makeup and im an asian chinese with hooded lids meaning that my lids extend all they way to my eyelashes :/ im not sure how i can work colours on my lids since they look so awesome on you, do you have any tips? sorry if this is difficult for you since your lids are nothing like mine ;/

i hope my question isnt tough to understand ;P

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