When it comes to beauty hacks, an abundance of them stem from TikTok. The social media platform has become a must-have for skincare and makeup savants looking for quicker, easier and clever ways to go about their routines.
So, when a product recommendation or method goes viral, good luck finding the product in stock anywhere.
The latest TikTok beauty trick that has the internet captivated includes your previously purchased concealer and blush as well as, wait for it, your under eyes.
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The first to demonstrate the technique, TikTok user @paintedbyspencer showed off their flawless complexion which they credit to using blush under their eyes.
"If you're not blending your blush up to your under-eye area, you're missing out," Spencer said in the video. As for the blush, the colour isn't very noticable but the sweet flush of pink adds both radiance and warmth to the skin.
As the TikTok took off, other users began trying out the trend and also found that the technique worked for them. But how does it work? Well, most users reached for Rare Beauty's Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, dabbing a small dot under each eye and then adding a dot of Tarte Shape Tape concealer and blending out.
"I thought this would make my dark circles look worse and was fully prepared to redo my makeup… I AM SHOCKED," user Steph Hui also said in a stitched TikTok.
Targeted at those with dark under eyes, the way that the concealer-blush hack works is that the warm hue of the blush works to cancel out the unwanted discolouration that's often in blue and purple shades. To do so, the warmth of the blush in pinks and corals works to eliminate the appearance of the cooler colour and mixing the hue with concealer creates a seamless blend, sans obvious blush colouring under the eyes.
While some found that the hack made their under eyes appear brighter and more awake, others found that the technique didn't work for them—and there are a couple reasons why.
First, those with deeper skin tones may notice that the trend doesn't really translate as well on their complexion. But fret not, user @makeupbymonicaa showed how using blush in an orange or coral shade will work much better than the pink.
Next, when trying the method myself using a pink blush, it left my under eyes looking, well, pink. The reason why the colour cancellation may not work is based on your skin's undertone. If you have a warm, more yellow undertone then reach for your pink blush and blend away.
But for those with neutral, pink or cooler undertones won't benefit from adding more the same hue to their base, so opt for something warmer. If you're in the latter group and have some strong dark circles, you can also try using a coral, soft peach hue to do the trick. Essentially, reach for a colour that's the opposite to yours—think: warm skin needs cool products, cool skin needs warm products.
If you're under eye discolouration is the bane of your life, then we've already listed some surefire ways to brighten your complexion with some strategic colour correction. But if you're short on time or products, the concealer blush hack might just be perfect for you.
Take a look at our favourite concealers and blushes below, so you can have a go at the famous TikTok hack.