The dreaded under eye creasing! We have all been there! The under eye can be one of the hardest places to conceal. Lets face it, no one wants to look older than they are and if you get it wrong anyone can look 70 quicker than you can blink!
I have dark circles and my under eyes are kind of ‘crepey’, is that even a word? I think they are just the one place on my face that is dry! So I have tried lots of different products, followed everyone’s You-tubes tips and tricks with some being hits and some a complete fail! I feel I am now at a point that I am happy with the products that I am using and my application.
The biggest tip I can give is your skin care regime. If this is lacking your skin won’t be at its best and your makeup just wont play the game. It is the same as painting your house. If your surface is dry and peeling, then the fresh coat is not going to look any good. If you have sanded and prepped the surface before you paint, your new paint will look great and last well no matter the season.
My holy grail has been the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye cream. I originally received this in a tester size from a gift pack I received with purchase. It was a game changer for me and I haven’t looked back. I always use it morning and night.
In the morning I make sure I apply the Estee Lauder eye cream soon after my shower so it has time to soak into my skin before I apply any makeup. When I sit down to put my makeup on, I apply more…yep more eye cream! This was a tip I picked up from a Wayne Goss You-Tube Video. If you haven’t watched his channel, then I highly recommend him. It is important to ensure there is time in between each layer to ensure it absorbs into the skin. When I am really tired (and I have time) I will even add a third layer! For the 2nd (and sometimes 3rd layer) I like the Mac Fast Response Eye cream. This cream is a caffeinated cream that de-puffs, firms and erases dark circles and fine lines. Perfect for under the eye concealer.
Once I have given the second layer time to absorb (this is when I do my eyebrows and my eyeshadow) its time for colour correcting. I use my Stilla Correct and Perfect Palette. This is great for concealing dark under eye areas without being heavy. I then set with a light dusting of the yellow powder from this palette. I have previously reviewed the Stilla Palette. If you would like to have a read you will find it here.
Once my foundation is on and blended I then apply Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. I have found this to be the most effective for the under eyes with little to no creasing. But my little trick to help it from creasing or drying out to a crepey mess …. is to mix a small amount of my eye cream with this concealer. This has been a life saver for me. Just a small amount mixed in and applied with either a tapping motion with a flat concealer brush or with an oval brush. (I reviewed the Simple Glam Girls Oval brushes here.) What! I hear you yelling…not a beauty blender?!?!? Sadly I am not a fan of the beauty blender under the eyes. For me it thins out the concealer which then struggles to conceal my dark circles and my pigmentation also starts to show through. So I gave up on using this to blend.
Once I have the concealer blended it needs to be set. If you don’t set it, it won’t stay! I also make sure I set straight away, as soon as I have the concealer smooth. If not, it will crease.
When it comes to setting, everyone in the you-tube world sets by baking their under eyes. It is supposed to be the best way to stop your under eyes from creasing. Baking is used to absorb all of the excess oil and melt into the skin. Do I want my under eyes to have no moisture or oil left? Hell No! Makes me look old and hagged! Not my idea of fun!
So I use a light dusting of powder (my favourite is the yellow powder from the Stilla correct and Perfect Palette or Mac Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder) which I apply with either a fluffy brush (Real Techniques setting brush) or pat on with damp beauty blender.
For me I have found the trick is not to over do it. The more product you put on the worse it looks. Remember less is more with your concealer and powder ensuring to avoid the area when it comes to applying foundation. But you definitely want more of your eye cream – at least two layers. Just remember to let it soak in between each layer and before applying other products.
Everyone is different and will find some things work for them, but not for others. What are your favourite under eye products? Do you have any tricks that I should try? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear them. xx