How to Apply Undereye Concealer Like a Pro
Scenario: In the morning, you apply your eye cream, generously swipe concealer on your dark circles, and tend to the rest of your face. Moments later, you catch a glimpse of your undereyes, and they are drowning in cakey rivers (a.k.a. sad fine lines) of concealer. The horror! We thought concealer was meant to conceal, not reveal. If this makeup mishap happens to you on most days, then read on for some life-changing tips from the pros.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: According to Laura Mercier director of global creative makeup artistry Benjamin Ruiz, moisture is the key to achieving a flawless result. “The first step in concealer application is to moisturize the eye area religiously day and night with an eye cream and serum,” he says. For extra skin boosting benefits, Ruiz recommends serums that contain arnica and caffeine to reduce puffiness and darkness. Plus, serums will naturally improve the texture under the eye and allow the concealer to lie flat on the skin. He recommends: Laura Mercier Repair Eye Serum ($83, nordstrom.com).
Choose your concealer wisely: Ruiz suggests opting for a concealer with a creamy texture that actually matches your skin tone (a rookie mistake, he says is choosing a concealer in a lighter shade than your skin tone). According to Artis Brush founder Matthew Waitesmith (Kylie Jenner is a major fan), 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.”
Use a brush to apply concealer, and make sure it’s the right one: For Waitesmith, the key to mastering perfect concealer has more to do with the applicator: “You need to find a brush that can pick up a small amount of product and blend it so thinly and evenly you don’t see any trace of product,” he said. Matthew recommends Oval 3, Oval 4, and Oval 6 brushes from his line to do the trick. To apply concealer, he suggests gliding the brush in fluid continuous movements with light and gentle pressure over the undereye area.
Apply concealer above foundation: If you are a concealer and foundation-under-the-eye type, then it’s best to apply concealer over your foundation. “Laying your concealer on top of your foundation means you can use less, since the foundation is already offering medium coverage.”
Only apply concealer where you absolutely need it: For Ruiz, one surefire way to have shoddy concealer is to apply it indiscriminately under the eye. “The biggest mistake is applying concealer to the entire area under the eye, which immediately creates too much texture and caking,” he says. His advice? Apply concealer with a small brush only in the dark areas under the eye, and blend.
For the finishing touch, powder up: For both Waitesmith and Ruiz, this final step (also known as baking) is absolutely essential to achieving smooth, long lasting line-free concealer. Waitesmith finds that powder made of ultra finely milled particles helps locks the concealer in place, but cautions against iridescent powders, as they end up highlighting the texture of your skin. For a perfect soft-focus effect, Ruiz recommends Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, which blurs out all the unevenness and guarantees all-day wear.
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