The Best Makeup for Under-Eye Bags - 6 Tips & Tricks For Mature Skin

Karen Lien
by Karen Lien
3 Materials
10 Minutes

In this tutorial on makeup for under-eye bags, I'll show you how to cover dark circles under eyes on mature skin and conceal discoloration in that area.

Us women over 50 often encounter under-eye issues, like undereye bags, discoloration, darkness, or indentations, but these makeup tricks help to hide them. Let's get started.

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Tools and materials

  • Concealer: darker and lighter than your natural skin tone
  • Foundation
  • Makeup brushes
How to cover dark circles under eyes

1. Conceal darkness and discoloration

I’ve got dark spots under my eyes, eyelids, and on other areas around my face. I dip my concealer brush into the darker shade and gently pat it where I need coverage, blending it in with a blending brush to soften the edges.

It may seem strange, but using a darker or contrasting color helps to hide these areas by making them recede, rather than pulling them forward. This helps to color-correct and neutralize these darker areas.

How to conceal under-eye bags for mature skin

2. Connect the colors

Once I’ve neutralized all the discolorations on my face, I blend a small amount of the shade I used all over my face to harmonize the color all over. I use a foundation blending brush to give me a smooth and cohesive look.

Best makeup for under-eye bags

3. Hide under-eye bags

Under-eye bags have indentations or lines under the bags that are lower and deeper in my face. I dip a flat-ended brush into the lightest color concealer and tap it only on the indentation. I keep clear of the areas I’ve already color corrected with the darker concealer.

To soften the edges of the line, I use a blending brush in a tapping or bouncing (I like to call it pouncing!) motion to gently buff the lighter color into the skin. I don’t rub or move it. I blend it so there are no lines.

Lighter colors pull out or hide the puffiness of the eye bag and soften the deeper indentation just below it. 

How to hide bags under eyes with makeup

4. Contour

Here, I use the darkest color to pull back certain areas of my face and neck.

Using a foundation brush, I put the darkest concealer or foundation on my forehead at the hairline. I want to push that part of my face back to help define, bring forward, and highlight the center of my face.

I put some below my cheekbones, jawline, under my chin, and down my neck. It helps hide a double chin and really makes my face pop!

Blending makeup together with a large brush

5. Blend

After I’ve darkened some areas and lightened others, I blend all of the edges. I find this is one of the best ways to conceal under-eye bags over 50!

Applying color to cheeks and lips

6. Add color to the cheeks and lips

I use a peachy cream blush on my cheekbones and the “apple” or round part to bring my cheeks forward. I finish it up with the same creamy peach color on my lips. I’ve found cream makeup works wonderfully for my mature skin.

Makeup for under-eye bags

How to hide bags under eyes with makeup

While I can’t get rid of under-eye bags completely, I hide them with carefully applied makeup. Using dark and light concealers or foundation works really well. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you’ve tried these tricks to hide those eye bags!

Suggested materials:
  • Concealer: darker and lighter than your natural skin tone
  • Foundation
  • Makeup brushes

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  • Vir6259629 Vir6259629 on Feb 01, 2024

    what is the name of the makeup cream?

  • Patti Patti on Feb 02, 2024

    Thanks for the video! I have a hard time finding makeup suggestions for my wrinkled, mature skin. What type of "cream" products are you using? I have darker skin than you, but I would love to know what you are using and maybe get me some that is a little darker. Again, thank you!

    • Karen Lien Karen Lien on Feb 02, 2024

      Hi Patti! Thank you so mucn for your comment! This makeup I use is fabulous for mature skin! Would LOVE to help you get started with your own cream palette like I use! I provide free color matches via my form here:

      Can't wait to get your form and get you started! Karen