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Tips for under-eye concealer
September 2, 2018, 4:26 pm

Tips for under-eye concealer

There are many known causes for dark under-eye circles mainly genetics or bad lifestyle choices. Now you have to slather on vitamin-K- and vitamin-C-rich eye creams and makeup to diminish the unsightly color that lets everyone know you are not getting enough sleep.

It’s hardly surprising that under-eye concealer remains a must-have. Even if you don’t wear a full face of cosmetics every day, a small swipe of this stuff disguises blemishes with little effort. Unfortunately, it can do the opposite when applied incorrectly. So if you need a refresher, here’s exactly how to do it the right way.

Finding your shade: Like your foundation, color-matching matters with under-eye concealer. When you utilize the wrong shade, you risk cakey-looking skin or worse, emphasizing the darkness of your already dark circles.  One trustworthy tip for finding the right concealer is to test the formula on your fingerprint. If you can see the lines of your fingerprint more easily with the concealer on, avoid the formula.

Another tip is to try a combination of concealer and face lotion to create a fantastic tinted moisturizer. This is a great way to offer light coverage and hydrate your skin at the same time. Use liquid concealer and some highlighter to make any puffiness appear less noticeable, all while making your skin look silky smooth and reflecting light at the same time.

Liquid versus powder:  Although powder concealer may be more appealing to those with oily skin, Ma actually finds cream or liquid formulas much easier to apply, blend and maintain, regardless of your skin type. It also looks the most natural.

With liquid concealer, draw a triangle under the base under your eye with the point aimed downwards toward your cheek. When you blend the triangle, it creates the optical illusion - hiding dark circles, giving the impression that the face is lifted, and draws the focus up towards the eyes.

Powder concealer has the tendency to look cakey as the powder gets into the fine lines and wrinkles. Instead the recommendation is that women should stick to cream/liquid. Cream based is best for those with dry and pre-mature skin. Since it’s less oily, liquid can be used for normal, oily and acne-prone skin types.

Application: Once you’re ready to apply your under-eye concealer, start by applying your foundation first. The foundation can camouflage a bit of under-eye darkness so you don’t have to use a lot of concealer. From there, you’ll need a small, flat synthetic brush to spread evenly under the eye.

Use brushes for application because it makes the job easier and the application more smooth-looking. The flat- shaped brushes work best, and blending is also important to the final result. Lightly tap the concealer with your fingertip to ‘set’ the work and remove excess concealer. If you’re using a nongreasy concealer, forgo setting powder altogether. Once you’ve applied the concealer around your eyes, use a thin tissue to blot the area. This prevents the concealer from settling around the eyes - giving off that caked-on look.


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