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The Only Concealer Trick You Need to Cover Dark Circles

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The struggle to cover up undereye dark circles is very, very real. That's why when we saw Deepica Mutyala's viral YouTube video (the one where she used orangey-red lipstick under her concealer to cover up shadows), we wanted in on the action. Immediately. (Try these 10 Beauty Tips to Look Instantly More Awake.)

The concept made sense, because—according to basic color theory—orange cancels out blue. But as it turns out, the lipstick trick doesn't work for everyone. After we swiped it along our undereye area and blended, we looked bruised—not beautiful. So what gives? Fiona Stiles, a celebrity makeup artist, explained it like this: "It's all about your skin color. You have to have a darker complexion and prominent dark circles for the red lipstick to work."

The final verdict: In order to counteract shadows, you need a concealer with peachy undertones. The darker your skin, the more likely you are to be able to use a pumped up version of peach (like orange or red, for example). "But as you go lighter in skin color, you need a paler pigment of the corrective shade in order for it to work," she says. (Find out How to Apply Foundation for Even, Flawless Skin.)

If you really want to brighten those circles, Stiles recommends applying a liquid luminizer on top of your peachy concealer to bounce light back to your undereye area. And if all else fails, try the new Bobbi Brown Serum Corrector Concealer ($40; sephora.com), which is jam-packed with brightening ingredients like vitamin C and licorice extract to actually treat your dark circles while concealing them. (We swear by it so much that we gave it a coveted 2015 Beauty Award!)

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