Want never to hear " you look tired " or cringe over zit again? Follow these 10 unbreakable rules for brightening eyes, covering dark circles, and hiding pimples. No spackles knife required.
DIFFERENT COLORS COVER DIFFERENT THINGS
Break out the color wheel before you start applying ; Choose the best under-eye concealer depends on what you're trying to cover up. Yellow-tone concealer neutralize bluish undereye circles. Use one with a peachy base for brown or yellowish circles. To cover redness, choose a concealer that matches your skin exactly.
YOU MUST CONSIDER THE CONSISTENCY
Now that you've got your shade lined up, factor in your skin. If you're covering dark circles: The skin around the eyes tends to be delicate and dry, so creamy, hydrating concealer such as : L'Oréal Paris True Match Genius 4-in-1 cover foundation and Maybelline Pure Mineral Concealer are best. On the corners, sheer liquids with light reflecting particles add a touch of brightness (which is also why they're the last thing you ever want to put on a pimple). With redness and zits, a pigment-rich, opaque formula will neutralize flare-ups in just one or two (not 10) thin layers. Try L'Oréal Paris Genius 4-in-1 Cover foundation.
YOU WILL NEED TWO SEPARATE SHADES
Unless you live at the office and never see light of the day, your complexion isn't the same all year long. Makeup artist Laura Mercier's trick is to buy one lighter shades concealer and a darker shade to mix and match your skin tone. You can blend the two for your in-between shades.
NEVER FORGET TO PREP
If you're starting to get fine lines around your eyes, plump them and provide a smooth base for your concealer by using your ring finger to put moisturizer all around the eye – including the lids. Give it a few minutes to sink in, though; Otherwise the concealer will slide right off.
ALWAYS APPLY IN NATURAL LIGHT
Blame bad lighting for every concealer you thought matched your skin until you left the bathroom. The best place to do is near a sun-drenched window, where natural light can reveal how your concealer is really performing.
DON'T OVER DO IT. SERIOUSLY
Using your fingers to load on concealer leads to creasing and caking. Instead, use a synthetic concealer brush (natural bristles pick up way too much color). Place three tiny dots of the concealer under the eyes from the inner corners to the centers. Then use just your fingertips to gently pat in the color and blend.
BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHEN COVERING ZITS
The only thing worse than a visible blemish is one that's badly camouflaged. Use a small, pointy brush to dot a concealer that matches your skin directly on the zit. Then, with tiny strokes, sweep the brush around the base of the pimple – that's how you blend precisely and without bacteria. (No fingers allowed)
NEVER SKIP LOOSE POWDER
Pressed Powder can draw attention to fine lines by getting into creases, so choose a light weight, loose translucent powder to set it all. You won't notice the powder, only the absence of shine.
KNOW WHERE NOT TO PUT CONCEALER
We know you'd never, but just in case, don't ever put concealer on the eye lids. It makes them look heavy. Also avoid under eye bags – concealer actually highlights them. Instead, press a touch of foundation on the bags, and then dot a highlighting cream (peachy for fair skin, golden on darker skin) at the inner corners of the eyes and just underneath the bags. Last, skip crow's feet. Concealer settles into fine lines and actually draw attentions to them. To brighten, use one tiny dot on the dark area at the outer corners, and absolutely under no circumstances blend past that point.
Sent From Goay Joe Lie
Director of Joelie Beauty And Cosmetics
3a-3-45, Komplex Bukit Jambul, Penang Malaysia.
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