Q: Hi Dior! I really have bad "panda" dark circles around my eyes. Even if I pile on concealer, it still shows! I can't cover them completely. None of the concealers I tried work. Help!

A: I've already wrote past entries here and here on this but wow, this seems to be the biggest problem of most of my readers! First, don't despair. I've worked with clients who also have "panda" circles around their eyes and it is possible to conceal them. It may be that you're using the wrong type of concealer. You see, there are concealers made for blemishes and ones that are made especially for under the eyes. Concealers for dark circles are usually lighter in texture while still giving enough coverage and provides a brightening effect. In terms of shade, choose one that's a bit orangey. Some believe that you should always opt for one that matches your skin tone perfectly, but I disagree. Skin surrounding our eyes are usually thinner than the rest of our face. Given this fact, discolorations are more prominent and blue hues usually come out. How to neutralize them? We need to go back to our colors 101. Remember your complementary colors? These are colors opposite each other in the color wheel. They either complement each other or cancel out each other when mixed. For example, if you're a redhead, the best color to wear would be green as this brings out the redness of your hair, as red is opposite green in the color wheel. How are we going to use this info in correcting under eye circles? Since most undereye circles cast blue, we need to use a concealer that has orange in it to cancel out the blue discoloration. Pick a peach or salmon concealer shade or mix an orange corrector, usually found in specialty makeup stores. 

I've just recently received Zero Kuma Cover Control Concealers which are made for the undereyes. It took me only last week to try it out and my, did it work wonders. 

Zero Kuma has 3 shades but for the purpose of this blog post, let me just review two of its shades that would help in correcting dark undereyes. As you see in the photo below, shades #1 (left)  and #3 (right) appear to be peachy because of the orange hue in the formulation.



Here's a photo of me with just one layer of Zero Kuma in #3. See the difference?

With absolutely zero makeup, except for Zero Kuma on camera left eye.
 
If you've been an avid follower of my blog, you'd know that I've reviewed tons of concealers. It might be risky to say this but I am shifting to Zero Kuma and tossing the ones I've been using in the past! This might be a very bold statement to put out there, but you'd understand once you read my reasons below:
  • The texture has the perfect balance of being lightweight but at the same time providing decent coverage
  • One layer and that was all I needed.
  • It's long-lasting and didn't smudge throughout the day. I applied it at 10am and got home at 9pm and there was no apparent caking or smears. 
  • It doubles as a serum that hydrates and keeps eyes moisturized. It contains hyaluronic acid, collagen and rose water. This might just be the best thing that can happen to an eye concealer. 
  • The slanted shape allows for hygienic application.
  • At P895 for a concealer and serum in 1? Not bad, not bad at all!

Zero Kuma Cover Control Concealer is available in all Beauty Bar outlets nationwide at P895.00.
 
Q&A is a section of my blog where I'd be posting beauty-related questions from my clients, readers and anyone really. You can submit your questions to diorco@gmail.com.