The first trick is to make sure that you have a product that is an eye brightener and an eye enhancer. You're looking for something with a peach undertone that has light-reflecting qualities to it. This will really help to brighten up the eye and to help the fact that you won't have to use as much foundation or concealer. As you can see from the video above, the products have a peach-champagne tone base with a bit of light-reflecting qualities to it.
- When put over the eye, they help to diffuse fine lines and dark circles and give the eye a wide awake and fresh look.
- You're going to want to put this where your darkest circles are and that's right in this triangle. I like to pat it in with my fingers to warm up the product and really help to have it soak into the skin.
- If you prefer to use a sponge or a brush, make sure that you pat it into the skin so that it stays on and isn't wiped away. You can instantly see how this brightened up the eye.
- If you feel that you still need coverage, you can use an eye brightening or illuminating concealer with a little bit of a yellow base. Put it, once again, right there where the dark circles are. For this, I would use a light feather brush to help finish blending. This gives a really beautiful, natural glow to the eye area without the cakiness of foundation.
So, there you go. Look for products that say illuminating and eye brightening. Those things will help you to naturally diffuse the look of dark circles or puffiness under the eyes and give you the coverage you need without foundation.
Recently, I was able to try a sample of the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers and the Light Reflecting Powder. Well, color me in love!
These concealers and powder have taken the place of my foundation on days when I want some coverage, and a flawless face....but don't have time for the process. The concealers have a full coverage, yet go on smoothly and feel amazing on the skin. The colors are also something to rave about. I mix two different colors to get my perfect match.
1) Vanilla to highlight around the areas that are red (such as nose, blemishes, or any discolorations in my skin). I blend this out to give a soft focus finish on my face, and create a "flawless finish" without a face full of foundation.
2) I then use Honey to mask the dark circles under my eyes. Honey has become my newest favorite peachy toned concealer. It covers brilliantly and doesn't crease in the slightest.
Next, I finish with a swipe of the Light Reflecting Loose Powder, which I apply with a buff brush (loving the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Powder Brush at the moment). This powder gives a stunning ethereal look to the skin. Every time I brush it on I want to sing "ahhhhhhh". Seriously. It is that pretty.
Beauty Essential: Concealer
By Laurie Drake for The Style Glossy
Concealer can be a girl’s best friend, especially after a night out sipping salt-rimmed margaritas. But even teetotalers can wake up with under-eye bags or dark circles – resulting from lack of sleep, fluid retention, hay fever or just the deep-set eyes you inherited from Mom and Dad. Dermatologists say the thin tissue around the eye is subjected to more stress than are other areas of the skin, making it one of the earliest problem areas for women.