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I Tried TikTok’s Anti-Blush Hack To Fix Colors

Every day, a new beauty hack crawls out of our TikTok feeds and onto our vanities. Earlier this spring, I noticed beauties inexplicably adding dabs of blush to their under-eye concealer. At first glance, it seemed totally unnecessary. Why would anyone want pink under the eyes? But the gain is not so simple.

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It’s so hot that staying outside produces the same amount of sweat as walking around the block, so I’ve reduced my everyday makeup to a reduced shift. On a day-to-day basis, I normally top up my tinted SPF with mascara, brow gel, and a bit of lip gloss. But if it’s hot enough, any of these products can get axed. The only non-negotiable in my kit is the concealer. I’m a fresh college graduate and exam bins and sleepless nights are barely in my rear view mirror – burnout has been my baseline for the past few years and I have the dark circles to prove it. The blush TikTok hack didn’t pique my interest until I realized it could be the key to reducing dark circles for good.

Basic color theory tells us that hues at opposite ends of the color wheel cancel each other out – this is how color correctors work their magic. That’s exactly what blush does when paired with concealer. The point isn’t to look like a sickly, feverish Victorian child, but to target dark circles and get the most out of your concealer. Here’s what happened when I used blush to correct the color.

The process

To get the best results, I tried this hack with a few different blush and concealer combos. My “For You” page didn’t provide a clear consensus on what types of blush worked best, so I tried something dark (Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm), something pink (Well People Supernatural Stick in Nude Berry), and something with an orange tint (a shade from my elf Blush & Glow Powder Blush palette). For concealer, I swapped between my tried-and-true daily concealer, Kosas Revealer Concealer in shade 08 (my desert island beauty pick, BTW) and my go-to for brightening, Mac Studio Fix in the NC44 shade.

To apply, I just stippled dots of blush between dabs of concealer and blended it all together using a beauty sponge – easy to do.

The results

As I melted into my deeper blush, I felt like I had just lost a tousle. He looked battered and bruised. It took a lot of mixing and the result was way too red for me. Meanwhile, the orange-tinted Elf tint didn’t show as well. Even after building on it with a few layers, it was far too transparent to make an impact.

Pairing my highlighting concealer with a darker blush wasn’t ideal.

Photo: Courtesy of Sumiko Wilson

The orange blush didn’t correct the dark circles as I had hoped.

Photo: Courtesy of Sumiko Wilson

The highlighting concealer with a pink blush was *chef’s kiss*.

Photo: Courtesy of Sumiko Wilson

By far, the combination of a highlighting concealer and a rosy blush gave me the best results. I had resigned myself to the fact that my dark circles were just beyond the capabilities of some concealers (my main character syndrome interpreted this as being more tired than everyone else), but this cleared things up considerably. The pink helped hide the cool tones that sometimes make my dark eyes stand out under my concealer.

Would I incorporate this into my daily beauty regimen? Probably not. Even though my eyes were brighter, they were still more pink than I would prefer. My ideal look is “your skin but better” – the clean girl aesthetic resonated before there was a name for it – and the blush-concealer combo doesn’t have the most natural finish, but it’s the perfect stuff when you’re really going for a full face.

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