Color correcting is a whole can of worms, but it really does help to conceal the dark purple areas under my eyes.
To cancel out the purple, I usually start my under-eye routine by using a peach- or orange-based concealer or color corrector. It's just one step of many.
Lately I've been using and loving Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer, which has an orange tint.
Now, if you're in your 40s like I am, or really any age, and you have any fine lines, things can start to look bad under your eyes the moment you get too much product down there. It can look thick and heavy. I see YouTubers do this all the time -- put a ton of concealer and the whole kitchen sink under their eyes. If you don't want your under-eye area looking cakey, that isn't usually a good idea, so I put a small amount of the product on the back of my hand, and then I pick up just the littlest amount with my finger from there.
I pat that in the inner corners, then use a wet beautyblender to blend it in.
But I don't just leave it like that. Next, I set it with powder, but I'm very particular about which powder I use. I really like NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal.
Basically, you know, all powders aren't the same. Some look thicker and more obvious than others. Some don't look like you're wearing anything at all. NARS Translucent Crystal is the latter. It doesn't look like I'm wearing anything at all, which goes back to what I was saying earlier. The less product it looks like you're wearing underneath there, the more natural your under-eye area will look.
Now, on top of that -- and I know that this is really starting to sound complicated, but you can always skip some steps, like sometimes I'll skip the first concealer/color corrector -- I apply another concealer, one that's closer to my natural skin tone.
I'll usually go one shade lighter than my natural color -- maybe two -- and I'll apply that on top of the powder (I alternate between Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer).
Again, I put it on the back of my hand first and use the littlest amount. Then I pat it under my eyes with a finger, blend it with a beautyblender, and set it again using the same setting powder.
Um...I know that it all seems very involved, but it doesn't take too long once you get used to it. And I think it works well!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,