April 15, 2013

makeup tips & tricks

concealer tips

My morning beauty routine used to consist of me staring long and hard in the mirror at my arch-nemesis, ‘under eye darkness’, wondering how I was going to hide it. No matter how much time I spent covering it up by mid-day it would appear again almost as if to mock my  effort.

My particular shade of under eye hell darkness is purple so during my research it seemed the most effective way to cover it up was to apply a yellow based concealer first and then layer a concealer one shade lighter than my skin tone on top. The reason for this is that yellow is a complimentary colour to purple thereby cancelling out the unwanted undertone.

Now, I did all of this correcting and layering in my 20’s and realized as I entered my 30’s that I was putting way too much effort in for little return. Always on the hunt for more efficient ways to do things, I discovered a handy little trick that’s quick and easy.

step 1: dab a luminizer cream on the darkened area under your eye. A luminizer works to refract darkness and create an almost neutral base, and a cream works better than a liquid or pencil because it’s thicker and more moisturizing so you won’t end up with a dried out pasty look.

step 2: use a concealer brush to apply a cream based or liquid concealer on top of the area where you have just applied the luminizer.

step 3: (optional) dust a setting powder like rms beauty ‘un’ powder which is formulated with the purest silica so that it doesn’t call attention to any fine lines you may have.

  • Maria @ Orchard Bloom

    I’m so excited I found your blog! I;m in the process of greening my beauty routine and it’s great to find blogs that give good information, but are also fun to read!

    • Thanks Maria! It completely made my day to hear that 🙂 Be sure to look out for more ‘greening your beauty routine’ posts coming soon, and if you ever have any questions feel free to send me a note!

  • Alicia

    I am buying all these things. Thanks for the how-to !

  • Margaret Ann

    This is the best ‘how-to’, step by step application instruction for under-eye concealment I have seen. Very professional!!