We all struggle with it. Some, more than others. But you won't know you need concealer until you try it! It instantly wakes you up, makes you look fresh and gives a more healthy, youthful appearance. What some of you may not know is what type of consistency to go with and how much to put on! The key to using a product that works is using a product that works for YOU and using it right:
1. Light Skin - Use the lightest shade to lighten underneath your eyes and not too yellow. NW15 would be ideal if you have dark circles and NC14 if they're not too dark, just to brighten. If you're very light, it may very well just blend in; but just make sure you use a lighter and/or translucent powder to set it in. My current favorite would be the Mac mineralized skinfinish powder (if your undereyes are normal/dry) or Laura Mercier translucent setting powder (if your undereyes are normal/oily).
2. Medium - Use a shade or two lighter than your skin on the peachy tone. Mac NW 20/25 would be ideal (I usually mix the two). You can go with the NC series if you have NO dark circles. If you're really dark under the eyes, you will need to use go the extra step and peachy/coral corrector first and then your concealer on top. You may use the Bobbi brown correctors or Anastasia medium cream contour kit for this. When all else fails, use a peachy tone lipstick ;) Just make sure you go over it with concealer. Set it in with Mac Mineralized in Light Plus to brighten up further (normal/dry) or Laura Mercier translucent (normal/oily) to set in.
3. Dark - Use a shade or two lighter than your skin, NW25/30 would be ideal. You need the peach tone to correct undereye darkness versus the NC series. If you're really dark under the eyes, you will need to use go the extra step and use dark orange corrector first and then your concealer on top. You may use DermaColor or Anastasia dark cream contour kit. OR just find a dark orange/red lipstick! Again, make sure you go over it with a lighter concealer and set it in! In order to brighten, you may use the Ben Nye or Anastasia Banana powder to set in and further highlight (for normal/oily) or Mac Mineralized in Medium/Medium Dark (dry skin.
You may switch up from a dry setting powder to a mineralized powder based on your preference. However in order to avoid "cakiness" you need to use the appropriate powder and to hold it in place much longer.Always use a small amount and build the coverage you want. Afterall, why add so much product if you don't need it? What a waste!
DRY - If you're very dry under your eyes, don't use a dry concealer stick or creme; it will look drier. Opt for something more hydrating like the Laura Mercier secret concealer or Benefit Fake up or Lorac Porefection. Mac ProLongwear also works for dry.
Oily - If you are oily, go for a dryer concealer like the Lise Watier concealer wheel or DermaColor. TIP: If you are using a cream concealer, always make sure to warm up the product on the back of your hand before you apply it! Mac ProLongwear also works for oily.
If you are only concealing, you may use a concealer closest to your skintone and only put it in the dark areas. If you are trying to brighten, then follow steps 1,2 or 3 and make sure you create a "V" from your tearduct, down to the side of your nose and upward to the top of your ear (refer to image). Otherwise, instead of dark circles, you will have white circles. Eek!
Oh! And one more thing. NEVER set in your undereyes with an HD powder, or else...
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