A clear, flawless complexion is something we all strive for when applying makeup! Redness, pigmentation, blemishes and most commonly, covering dark circles, is the reason we apply all these wonderful products to our face every day. When it comes to dark circles, there’s unfortunately a couple of obstacles in the way, making this one of the trickiest areas to achieve a natural finish. The skin under your eye area is incredibly delicate, add to this, fine lines and dehydration, and you’ll notice a completely different texture of skin to the rest of your face.
Hydration will always be your first concern with covering dark circles
The first thing to focus on is hydration. You want this area to be plump, and springy, not dry and flaky. Dehydration will only accentuate ageing and uneven texture, so make sure you work in a nourishing eye serum or illuminator before applying concealer. Osmosis MD Refresh, CosMedix Elite Eye Doctor and Colorescience Total Eye are our top recommendations.
We then want to discuss the miracle working product, Jane Iredale circle/delete Under Eye Concealer. Yes, you’ve tried 5 million concealers. Nothing seems to stay put, correctly conceal, match your skin tone or not leave mascara smudges BUT… this is all about to change. This wonderful product comes in in a split two-tone palette, which allows you to blend both colours to match your skin tone. Or simply use the lighter colour on its own as a highlighter to brighten the area. It instantly diminishes dark circles and softens the appearance of fine lines. It also adds Vitamin A, C, D and E and Green tea extract (amazing antioxidant). You can say goodbye to those dehydrated, puffy, dark circles, showing the world how tired you really are.
Concealer comes after your foundation
Your concealer should always be applied in a tapping motion and avoid dragging or pulling the skin. We recommend applying AFTER foundation. The main reason for this is to ensure the concealer can be blended and match your skin tone flawlessly. Secondly, when applying concealer first it’s easy to use way too much. As mentioned above, you just want flawless even coverage. Its a natural instinct to dab it all over your red, uneven patches. Concealer is a lot thicker consistency than foundation, and although it feels nice hiding all those flaws, the end result will be way too heavy and unnatural. Covering dark circles is about reducing not drawing attention with too much product.
As you’re applying, remember this area is very delicate, so tread lightly! Work the concealer right up to the corners and over the top of your eye lid. This will double as a great base for your eyeshadow or any other eye products that you’ll be applying over the top. If fine lines aren’t an issue in this area (lucky you) then ‘set’ or finish the concealer with powder. Translucent powder will give a much nicer finish as it’s finer and won’t add colour.
Concealing Powders and Hydrating Setting Sprays will help boost longevity
Spray the entire face with a hydrating or setting spray to give a lovely dewy finish and keep all that hard work in place! If you have stubborn darkness, that isn’t covered with concealer alone, you could use colour corrective powders to camouflage. Peachy tones, like the one in Jane Iredale corrective colour kit, can be applied on top to hide blue or purple. Being a powder, ensure this is applied over any liquid or cream products, after they have set, or on it’s own.
Another great use for this concealer is to use as a facial highlighter. We can’t stress enough that this MUST be in small doses. Apply a small amount of the lighter tone down the centre of your nose and across the higher plains of your cheekbones to create a highlight. You will notice a more three-dimensional finish to your foundation. Ensure this is blended with a brush for the ultimate natural finish. Your bronzer and or blush can then be applied on top!
So, here’s the rundown. Hydrate first, foundation second, conceal third and lightly powder to finish. Remember, dark circles are caused by blood pooling in the capillaries around your eyes. Due to the skin being so thin, they become visible. As they are so close to the surface, you only need a small amount of product. Practise makes perfect and after a few attempts, your newly concealed eyes will become a part of your daily routine. You’ll look and feel fresh, vibrant and glowing!
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