Monday, July 15, 2013

How to Cover Dark Under Eye Circles with Sofia Black D'elia

Dark circles under your eyes can make you look tired and worn out even when you're not. Hiding dark circles can be very challenging. 
On my last film I was lucky enough to work with actress Sofia Black D'elia (in her early 20's). 
Sofia is one of the loveliest young women I have met and has a uniquely maternal instinct. Sofia's dark circles are hereditary so it's something she has dealt with her whole life and really wanted you to know how to hide them. She truly gets the credit for me creating this post for you. 

Over the years I've had lots of faces with dark under eye circles to play makeup "chef" with. I've tried many different products and created many different "recipes" with varying degrees of success. 
These are untouched photos of Sofia before and after her makeup in the makeup trailer. 
Sofia Black D'elia's dark circle under eye cover up recipe. Kim Greenes Makeup Tips from the Set

Sofia's under eye recipe: Urban Decay under eye Primer (yellow) + Judith August Orange Masking Cream (equal parts of each color) + Face Atelier #7 (tan) + Purely Cosmetics "Yellow Color Corrector" mixed with equal parts of Fusion of Color Cosmetics "Peach Frenzy matte blush".

The basic color correction for brown is salmon or orange. Keeping that in mind your recipe may need to be adjusted depending on your skin tone. For instance if you are a darker skin tone then Sofia use more of the darker color in the Judith August Orange Masking Cream and a darker foundation color and less of the yellow powder and more of the darker orange.
If you are lighter than Sofia do the opposite.

We did an impromptu photo shoot. (not in her costume or on the film set)
You can see from this photo what a warm and caring person she is!
Sofia Black D'elia. Photo and Makeup by Kim Greene. Hair by Melissa Yonkey


  1. Amazing makeover. This can change your look

  2. Kim, I have a question for you. I wonder if you can help.

    After more than 40 years, I have decided to stop epilating my eyebrows.
    I have been "natural" for more than a year. The right one looks bushy and fine under the arch but the left one still looks like the first days when a few hairs are growing. I have tried to "design" more hair under the arch with a pencil with no success. Do you have any suggestion? Thanks.

    1. Sorry it took so long to reply. Somehow I missed this comment. To help regrow the hair exfoliate gently with a scrub (try sugar scrub). After 40 years you may need to use a brow or eyelash serum that helps with regrowth. For a temporary fix try Skin Illustrator's Brow kit. You use 99 % alcohol to activate it and to take it off. It stays all day and is water proof. Use your search engine to find a retailer that sells it. I'm pretty sure Naimies, NIgels and Frends Beauty carries it. Most pro makeup retailers should.

  3. Great tip! Is the Fusion of Color product applied last?

  4. Dark circles over eyes is very extreme problems for youth and they apply different type of home-made tips to remove them. Professional Hair and Makeup Artist Melbourne

  5. What would you recommend for someone with pale/fair skin tone & under eye circles/tear trough?
    The transformation here is amazing!

  6. I am a big fan of Sofia, interesting to see her before and after makeup trailer. I have been using the products of Yofi cosmetics since two months back. Now most of the dark circles under my eye are removed but it doesn’t look like Sofia. She has a thrilling looks.

  7. My wife is wanting to get the same affect for her eyes. She has never tried covering up her dark circles so she is really looking to get them covered up now. I will show her this and hopefully is will work on her.