When it comes to applying makeup, concealing is one step I just cannot skip. Whether I’m getting ready for a day at work, or heading out for the evening, I follow the same quick routine using my tried and tested favourites, which I will be sharing with you today.
So here’s the thing. For years, I’ve had a blemished chin. I can’t remember a time when I had clear skin in this area; I hear it’s hormonal, though my constant picking probably doesn’t help matters much, either. Thankfully, my beloved Illamasqua Skin Base foundation does a good enough job of masking the redness and scarring on my chin so I usually don’t need to use concealer there. Instead, it’s my under-eye area that gets the attention.
Many of us get dark circles under our eyes – greyish purple rings which can make us look tired and drained. Bleurgh. Try as I might to take care of myself and my skin and go to sleep at a reasonable hour, I just can’t seem to shake off these bags. It’s just as well, then, that I’ve discovered a winning combination of products to prime, conceal, brighten and set my under-eye problem area.
PRIME with e.l.f. Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Honestly, I should probably be using an under eye moisturiser, but this primer acts as one with its creamy consistency. The helpful pump dispenses small amounts – a little goes a long way with this product – which I dab onto my dark circles after moisturising and priming my face. I’m happy to say that I haven’t experienced any eye irritation using this primer, but my eyes aren’t known to be super sensitive so I can’t vouch for it working for all. At this price, though, you may as well try!
CONCEAL with Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer
I picked up this concealer when I popped into Illamasqua’s London store to replace my Hydra Veil primer. The creamy product is easy to blend with clean fingers and can be built up to provide the coverage of your needing. The packaging includes a really good mirror which is useful for ensuring precision. I normally pat the concealer onto my dark circles and let it rest there for a little bit, before blending it in using my Nanshy Flawless Foundation brush.
BRIGHTEN with Barry M Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer
In my eyes, this concealer can do no wrong. It is simple to apply, smells good, and goes on cool; it blends effortlessly and sinks into foundation with ease. My only complaint is that it never seems to last long enough! I brush the product over my under eye area, extending down onto my cheeks. Again, leaving the concealer to sit for a moment, I go back to it with my foundation brush and carefully blend it all in.
Powder scares me sometimes. I live in fear of having cakey, dry skin, and having used powder for years before discovering liquid foundation, I know too well how wrong it can go. Luckily, e.l.f.’s light and soft Undereye Setting Powder doesn’t do the old cake n’ flake dance. I dust a generous helping on using a disposable foam wedge, let it bake for a while, then wipe away the excess with my Nanshy Buffed Base brush.
Following these steps has resulted in my pesky dark circles appearing brighter, my eyes more awake and the under eye area feeling refreshed. After a long day at work (not to mention an hour long commute home on the Tube) I’d expect my makeup to be sliding off ever so slightly, but this combination of products hold their ground defiantly, with lines and cracks visible at a minimum. I couldn’t be happier with this concealing routine!
Which products do you use to conceal? Or do you skip this step completely?