If diamonds are a girls best friend, then concealer is her best fren-emy. It has all the makings of a best friend- it hides all your secrets (like just how late you slept after partying last night), conceals all your flaws and stays with you throughout the day. Hoewever, you use it incorrectly and it becomes your worst enemy- it can make your panda esque dark circles look like something out of a horror movie !!
Here is how i apply concealer (thanks to some videos by Lisa Elridge), its pretty basic but might help some of you…
|Left Before, Right: After
Step 1: Choose the right concealer color and consistency
I prefer using concealers that are light and runny under the eye. I feel like thicker concealers get deposited in the lines under my eye but its really a personal choice. I use the Inglot Under Eye Concealer in MW5- it is my favourite concealer for under eye circles. Color wise, theory says that you should choose a yellow concealer for dark purpley circles, and a coral/orange concealer for bluer dark circles. Now honestly, my dark circles are red, so i dont really follow that theory. Essentially – i choose concealer just a shade lighter than my foundation (which is yellow toned)- if it blends into my skin seamlessy, thats all i need.
Step 2: Identify the darkest areas under your eye. Take your time doing this, its an important step
For me , my darkest area is on the inner corner of my eye till halfway down my eye and then on the outer corner
The idea is to apply concealer ONLY where you are the darkest. If you notice the picture above, the area between the two marked areas is not dark and the same color as the rest of my face so i dont need concealer there. If i were to apply concealer on the entire area, it would just lose its point- The dark areas would become lighter but the light areas would become lighter too, so in contrast the dark areas would still appear darker.
Step3: Take a concealer brush and apply concealer only to areas where you are darkest (if you have a runny concealer then they are best applied with a concealer brush. Infact i use a damp brush to get best results- a little tip i got from a reader (Thanks Brenda!))
Just pat down and move quickly, dont drag your brush or try and create strokes. Pat and move. Like i said before i have only applied cncealer to where i am darkest.
Step4 : Take your ring finger and blend
The ring finger apparently has the softest touch, so use that and very lightly pat the edges of the concealer to blend it out.
Step5 : Thats it ! You can apply a loose powder over it to set it, or just let it be.
Thats it ! Now you can fake your way to a great nights sleep !