Choosing the right under-eye concealer is a totally a different ball game than choosing concealer for the rest of your face! Yet, most of the times we are blissfully unaware of this. Even the cosmetic counter personel are often unable to sensitize the consumer. I, personally, had committed this faux pas for long.. Here goes the most useful tips to choose your under-eye concealer.
Concealer is meant to be used on small discolored areas around your eyes. It’s not an alternative to all-over foundation; instead, it works best with foundation.
Depending on how much coverage you need, concealer can be applied over or under your foundation. For less coverage, apply concealer before foundation; for more coverage, apply concealer on top of foundation.
Generally, concealers should not be applied over powder foundation, as doing so tends to cause streaking and makes the powder layer roll and pill. If you prefer powder foundation, apply concealer first.
If your skin is dry, particularly around the eye area, prep it with a light layer of moisturizer (you don’t need an eye cream), allow a moment or two for it to set, then apply concealer.
Choosing the shade:
Perhaps the most important step. Any mistake can cause a big time flaw in your makeup.
For the undereye area, be sure to select a shade of concealer that is no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For lightening dark circles under the eye area you should use a lighter color than what you use to cover discolorations on the face.Using a concealer that is one or two shades lighter is enough to neutralize dark areas without attracting unwanted attention to the area by making it look too light.
Color correcting concealer:
- Best for skin color issues (such as bluish undereye circles, extreme redness or sallowness) that aren’t adequately corrected with foundation and concealer alone.
- Coverage is buildable, ranging from sheer to full.
- Available in multiple finishes depending on the formula
Color-correcting concealer is a last resort when flesh-tone concealer doesn’t work well enough to cover or neutralize severe discolorations. Color-correcting concealer is most commonly available in cream or stick form; the liquid versions tend to go on quite sheer or can be easily blended so as to appear sheer.
Color correctors have their unique use, but they take practice to get right. As for which shade to choose, it depends on your concern:
- Peach-based: Work for purple circles with best results.
- Lavender: counteracts sallow or yellowness in the skin.
- Yellow: counteracts deep purple tones such as dark circles or scarring.
- Green: neutralizes redness. Use this only if you have severe redness. Not an usual choice for eye concealer.
- Pink: Neutralizes a blue cast on lighter skin tones; can enliven very pale skin
- Orange/Salmon: neutralizes blue to deep purple or grayish tones on deeper skin tones
If you decide to try a color-correcting concealer, apply it before your foundation; this helps to neutralize and balance the unnatural color of these concealers. You also can pair it with a flesh-tone concealer with the same finish, so that when the foundation is applied on top there is no indication of the color corrector underneath.
Types of Concealer:
Generally, a creamy, moisturizing concealer that works well on dark undereye circles and dry skin around the eyes.
Although a cream-to-powder concealer tends to have more staying power due to its powdery or smooth matte finish, it also tends to crease into deeper lines and wrinkles after a few hours.This presents a dilemma because setting this type of concealer with powder can exaggerate its powdery finish, emphasizing wrinkles. For this reason, most people will prefer a liquid or cream concealer over cream-to-powder.
Generally, cream concealer provides medium to full coverage and comes packaged in a small pot, palette, or compact. Cream concealer works well under the eyes.
Because stick concealer provides reliable medium to full coverage, it works very well to cover moderate to severe undereye circles.
Stick concealer is aptly named because it has a semi-solid texture like a lipstick, is often richly pigmented, and has a thick, creamy texture. This type of concealer can be dotted on or swiped on in a line of color and then blended.
Caution: Swiping without blending it out tends to build up too much product, which leads to creasing throughout the day. Blend the product in a stippling motion with a clean finger or with a small concealer brush, feathering the edges into surrounding skin.
Liquid concealer is the most versatile type of concealer because it offers buildable coverage and works for all skin types except very dry. This type of concealer is also easy to apply. Liquid concealer is also desirable for use on wrinkled areas because its thin texture makes it the least likely to crease throughout the day, although some slippage into lines is always possible. Liquid concealers with a matte finish last longer than those with a satin finish.
A liquid concealer with a radiant shimmer finish is good for under the eyes because it covers and highlights the area with a soft glow, but it should be only a subtle glow, not overt, sparkling shine.
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