If I have 3 minutes to do my makeup, I will always choose to get to two things without fail: my under eye concealer and my eyebrows. People value different features when doing makeup, but personally, brightening and framing my eyes takes precedence over the rest of the getting-ready routine.
In our Pretty Basic Series, we will be featuring tutorials and beauty techniques that are essential and make the biggest difference in one’s daily routine. And because nothing is more basic (and sometimes more complicated!) than concealer, this post describes my eye concealer routine. In the concealer tutorial below, products may change depending on your skin type and coverage area, but the step by step process remains the same. Keep in mind you can also vary the product usage based on the occasion (think errands during the day versus going out at night).
For my eye beautifying routine, I start by using a salmon colored concealer to neutralize the blue tones under my eyes. Orange and blue tones are opposites on the color wheel, and once mixed, these shades create a neutral tone making the eye area look brighter immediately (something that my tired eyes are thankful for!). The salmon color concealer is imperative in canceling dark circles – if I was to just apply the skin toned concealer alone, the under-eye blue tones would be lightened to create a grey cast (instead of a brightening effect). I use Benefit Erase Paste in medium, and I tap a small amount on, starting at the end of the eye and tapping towards my tear duct to avoid creating wrinkles (Tutorial Steps 1,2).
After neutralizing, I apply a small amount of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, making sure to provide coverage to the most inner eye spot by the nose (quick shout out here to the best concealer from Nars). I use a damp Beauty Blender (for dry skin) or soft brush to blend in the Nars Creamy Concelar (Tutorial Steps 3,4).
Because you want to avoid the dreaded concealer crease under the eye, you will need to “set” these liquid and cream products to ensure long lasting coverage. I use ELF’s affordable HD Undereye Powder that has finely milled sparkle particles for a brightening effect. Depending on the desired final look, you may also use a light, matte pigmented powder for further coverage – just make sure it is a finely milled powder (Tutorial Step 5). I recommend using a fluffy but precise tip brush that applies a generous amount of powder (and of course, you don’t want to poke yourself in the eye, that’s never a good look!). Because the eye area is ultra sensitive, apply products with care using either specifically designed brushes or your ring finger which cannot apply as much pressure.
In just three easy (but thought-out) steps, your eye area will look radiant, awake, and glowing – as a recap, remember to neutralize any undertones, conceal dark circles, and set/brighten with a powder.
Let me know in the comments if your concealer routine is more advanced or simplified and what eye products you can’t do without in the morning (I’m always looking to learn more tips and tricks!).
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.