Watching TikTok videos of people wearing red and pink lipstick under their eyes is endlessly entertaining. It sounds unorthodox, and it is, but for some people, it’s a miracle trick for masking dark circles and the look of bright eyes and bushy tails. Celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono — a Rihanna favorite and global makeup artist for Fenty Beauty — uses a similar technique on RiRi and says she’s launched a new product that will make the task easier. Here’s a scoop.
“This trend is all the rage on TikTok right now,” Ono says. “People literally take pink lipstick and mix it with their concealer and put it under their eyes, or mix pink blush with powder under their eyes to create that soft look. Color correction really comes down to the color wheel: we makeup artists use it to see which colors are opposites. The opposite of red is green, so red will really help to correct any green lines or dark circles under the eyes, and pink is a shade of red.”
Ono points to Fenty Beauty’s new Match Stix Correcting Sticks ($28) in four shades—rose quartz, banana, peach, and pumpkin—that are designed to brighten and neutralize dark circles and discoloration before foundation. “I think Rose Quartz is going to be a bigger hit when people get their hands on it because it almost gives you that pink effect under your eyes right from the start, so you don’t have to mix lipstick with concealer anymore,” Ohno says. “It looks great on fairer skin – it’s your perfect brightening shade to get rid of any grays or greens under your eyes and brighten them up.”
For Rihanna, Ono uses a peach shade that she says works best on medium-tanned skin. “Pink is more for fair skin, peach is for medium tan, banana is also for tanned skin, and pumpkin is for deep skin. Essentially, every skin tone category has its ideal brightening shade, and your skin tone matters because every skin tone has a different undertone in problem areas, such as under the eyes being more green than purple.” Although the banana is yellow and not in the pink-red family, it’s for a reason: “The yellow crosses out the purple,” Ohno says. “A lot of times people with darker skin have a blue-purple under eye and this helps to eliminate it.”
If you’re not sure which one is best for you, on the brand’s website you can see which Color Correcting Match Stix is right for you based on which shade of Fenty foundation you’re using (click on each shade and the table will populate the image bar left).
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