Red lipstick isn't a typical product featured in an eye makeup video, but this iconic product is more versatile than you think.

Smearing red lipstick under your eyes might seem odd at first, but the logic behind this action is perfectly sound. In the video below, Deepica Mutyala divulges a unique method for concealing dark circles or spots on the skin. While there is an abundance of products specifically designed for color correcting your complexion and evening out your skin tone, Mutyala demonstrates a DIY version that can be done with cosmetics you probably already own.
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For some women, dark circles under the eyes are the bane of their existence. While fatigue might be a common cause for this discoloration, it's hardly the only reason why dark circles might appear. The Mayo Clinic lists several other sources — such as allergies, eczema, and sun exposure — that could contribute to dark circles. They also cite aging and genetics as potential causes, which means that some people are destined to have dark under-eye circles, no matter how many good skin products they may use or precautions they may take. While it's perfectly fine to leave dark circles uncovered, there are some people who prefer to conceal them instead.

For individuals whose stubborn dark circles peek out through regular skin-colored concealer, Mutyala offers a more heavy-duty solution. As shown in the image above, she applies a vibrant orange-red lipstick with a brush to the discolored areas. After patting the lipstick into her skin and blending out the edges, she continues her makeup routine as she ordinarily would, making sure that all the color-corrected areas are properly covered with her normal foundation and concealer. The red does not show through, and Mutyala looks much more well-rested.

The reason this trick works can be explained by color theory. On the color wheel, orange is on the opposite side of blue, which is the typical color of under-eye circles. By applying the orange-red lipstick over that bluish area, Mutyala neutralizes that discoloration before applying the makeup of her desired shade to the affected area. Depending on your skin tone, the shade of lipstick you choose as your color corrector will vary. Reds and oranges are ideal for darker skin tones, while those with lighter skin may want to try peach or salmon. It might take a bit of experimentation to find the shade that best suits your needs, but there are tons of options out there for you to explore.

If you're interested in correcting other forms of discoloration, the same theory applies. For example, if you're concerned about redness due to acne or rosacea, you can take another quick peek at the color wheel. Since green is opposite of red, a thin layer of green (again, the exact shade of green depends on your skin tone) will neutralize that discoloration. Green lipstick is more difficult to come by than orange lipstick, but there is a wide variety of green concealers available from drugstores and department stores everywhere.

If you do decide to try this trick, we urge you to exercise extreme caution when applying the lipstick near your eye. The Food and Drug Administration regulates which ingredients are safe to use in the eye area, and certain lip products may pose a risk for irritation because of their color additives. There is also the slight chance that you may contaminate your eye with bacteria from your mouth. Do your best to keep the lipstick out of your eye, and check the ingredients of your products to be safe.

We embrace beauty in all forms, but completely understand that there are some aspects of our appearance we'd prefer to de-emphasize. This is an incredibly clever makeup hack, and one we'll definitely be trying when we want to look more awake. Watch this easy-to-follow tutorial in the video below, and be sure to let us know the outcome if you incorporate this technique into your makeup routine.