September 25, 2010

Choose the right concealer!

If you read my last post then you are probably thinking. "That all sounds great but what can I do to hide my under eye imperfections until all this stuff starts working!" Let's face it. It takes at least two weeks of continued use to see results from most eye creams and about the same amount of time to see results from any lifestyles changes you may have made to improve the area. So here are some tips to find the right concealer in the meantime.

MAC Select Moisture Cover
Makeup artist Bobbie Brown suggests yellow-toned products are your best bet for covering up under eye circles. African-American women should look for concealers with a warm orange undertone. Most importantly, your concealer should only be about a shade lighter than your skin tone or foundation color.

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer
So how do you find the right formula? Remember liquid concealer tend have a lighter coverage than cream ones. Here's a breakdown of the different types of concealers on the shelves.

Tube
- These formulas will provide a lighter coverage. However, you can build to get more coverage if necessary. Tubes usually have a more emollient textures which makes them perfect for the under eye area.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Pot - Are cream concealers and typically provide a heavy coverage. Works well on blemishes areas. These formulas are typically to heavy for the under eye area and can cause your makeup to cake up if used around the eye.

Stick - Convenient, and will provide a medium to full coverage on imperfections.

Wand - These are easy to apply. They usually give a sheer to medium coverage. Just like the tube concealers these types of concealers are easy to build. Great for the under eye area.

When applying concealer be sure pat it into the skin when using your finger to apply it. If you rub you will move the product around too much. Most importantly...blend, blend, blend too avoid the cakey look.

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