My post today is about that one product that we all need and we all use and yet have the most trouble with. As you may have guessed from the title, I’m talking about – concealer. Finding the right colour and consistency of concealer is a challenge in itself, but even when you think you’ve found the best concealer for yourself, it doesn’t stop caking and creasing, especially under the eyes.
You’ll find that the concealer looks caked and crumbly and easily settles into the fine lines under your eyes. No matter what you do, this doesn’t stop happening. The most unfortunate bit is that cakey and creasing concealer can immediately add years to your face, defeating the whole purpose of makeup. I have struggled with this problem for a long time myself, and I’m sharing some tips that have worked for me. I hope you will find them useful.
1. Pick the right shade and consistency:
As I have mentioned above, finding the perfect shade and tone of concealer along with the consistency that works best for under the eyes is key. Pick a formula that is lightweight and less prone to creasing. Liquid, fluid and gel concealers are ideal for under the eyes. Make sure you’re using a colour that matches your skin tone perfectly, because a mismatched colour can also give the effect of caking.
2. Use a combination of concealers:
For very dark circles, you will need to use a colour corrector (orange, peach or pink – depending on your skin tone) under your concealer. Without getting the colours right, your concealer will look unnatural and caked up.
3. Use an eye cream:
Make sure to use an eye cream as part of your night-time skincare routine to take care of any fine lines and wrinkles in the long run. However, make sure to also apply a lightweight eye cream before going in with your concealer. This will tend to any dry patches under the eyes and prevent the concealer from caking up around there and will help it glide on smoothly.
4. Use a primer:
In addition to using an eye cream, using a primer under your eyes is essential to prevent both caking and creasing of concealer. You could either use an eyeshadow primer under the eyes or a regular face primer. This will smooth out any fine lines and dry patches, preventing the concealer from settling in the lines and looking caked up. It will lend your concealer a smooth, natural and flawless finish.
5. Blot with a tissue:
Once you are done applying your concealer, you will need to take half a ply of a tissue and gently press it against the under eye area. This will take away any excess oil from the product without hampering the pigment of the product. This blotting technique goes a long way in preventing the under-eye concealer from creasing. Make sure to press gently and never to rub the tissue under the eyes.
6. Set with a yellow powder:
After you have gently blotted away the excess oil from under the eyes, set your concealer with a translucent yellow-based powder. Not only will this help set the concealer and prevent it from caking, creasing and budging, but it will also instantly lift the under eye again and lend it a radiant and healthy finish.
7. Reapply eye cream throughout the day:
This is a step that you can follow throughout the day, whenever you notice that your concealer has started to look cakey or is creasing under the eyes. Gently reapply some eye cream with your ring finger. This will redistribute the product and pigment under the eyes, giving it a fresh and even finish all over again.
I hope you will try some of these tips to make your concealer look fresh and natural all day long!
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