The internet has been buzzing about the latest trend to cover the dark circles under your eyes: red lipstick! The trick looked so easy and worked so well on the beauty blogger who revealed her rare secret, that I decided to try it myself. Behold the transformation!
I started with a completely bared face:
I chose one of my favorites lipsticks by Mac: Russian Red and a normal concealer brush to apply the lipstick under my eyes and over my eye lids. The texture of the lipstick feels very different from the concealers I’m used to wear which are more liquid and more gentle to the under eye area. I wasn’t too confortable with how the lipstick felt.
The last step was to apply foundation and see if the red actually worked as a concealer. I used Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid which has a build able coverage. I had to use a little more foundation than usual.
Does it work? Yes, Do I recommend it? NO. And I’ll tell you why.
Think about it this way: Usually, when you take off your red lipstick a light stain stays on your lips, specially if you used a very pigmented brand. The residue of the color lingers on your lips for a few hours even after you removed it.
The same thing will happen with your eyes! The skin around them is much more sensitive and thinner than your lips. There are many blood vessels beneath that area; the harder you try to take the red lipstick off, the more damage you’ll cause and you’ll probably get even darker circles.
I did the test,and left it on my face only long enough to see if the red came through after I applied the foundation: it didn’t. I washed my face immediately after cause I didn’t want my skin to get damaged (after all I am not a teenager anymore!).
My professional advice: use normal concealer! Is more gentle for the skin and you don’t risk looking like a red panda. In what’s in my box I recently added an option that works for all budgets!
One last look at the before and after:
Cheers girls, and remember Red only on our lips!