Hard time dealing with dark circles, wrinkles, and overall dullness? Learn how to better mask your problem areas for that flawless complexion.
One of the toughest things to do is mask dark under-eyes and make it look natural. There are many ways to attempt this, but only a few get the job done right. Many women suffer from discoloration with blue-purple tones, bags, and wrinkles. Not only is product choice important for the under-eye area, but so is technique. Create a flawless finish to your overall makeup look by highlighting these hard to tackle facial spots with three simple steps.
Step 1: Concealing Dark Circles
Dark circles are a usual concern for many people. As a natural aging process, the skin around your eyes begin to gradually get thinner, exposing the blue-toned blood vessels which cause the dark shadow appearance underneath the eyes. When trying to brighten up this area, you want to avoid using a concealer that is a lighter shade than your skin tone. Doing so may cause your under-eye to appear ashy and grey. What you need is a colored concealer, preferably in an orange or salmon tone, depending on skin color. This is going back to the color wheel and understanding that orange is opposite to blue which helps cancel out the darkness and brighten the area. Using a subtle tone of orange, like salmon, works well for those with light skin. If you have a darker skin tone, you want to opt for a concealer with a true orange tone. This will be helpful for hyperpigmentation in other areas of the face as well.
Step 2: Concealing Wrinkles
When it comes to bags and wrinkles, you need to start your makeup process with a moisturizer and allow a few minutes to absorb into your skin. This is going to help plump up the skin and prepare it for your foundation/concealer. The next step is to use a silicone based face primer. This is important to prevent creasing and the cakey appearance of makeup that sets into fine lines. The primer will help fill the lines and provide a smooth surface for your makeup application. Be careful over-applying the product because it may make wrinkles more noticeable. Apply the concealer with your fingers and tap the product into the skin. When you set your concealer, use a light translucent powder with a puff and tap it into the skin as well. This is going to help set the makeup and provide a smooth appearance under the eyes which will last all day. The final step is to lightly mist a finishing spray over your face to help freshen up the area and to help prevent a powdery appearance.
Step 3: Under-Eye Highlighting
Last but not least is highlighting to enhance your makeup and finish with a flawless appearance. The best type of concealer to use for this should have a creamy consistency. My favorite to work with is the Smashbox High Definition because it is blendable doesn’t require much to get the job done. It is easily applied with a damp makeup sponge and taken underneath the eye to the top of the temples. Blend down and be sure to highlight around the nose area. This helps your blush stand out and brighten your face. Don’t forget to set the area with translucent powder and setting spray!
After you are satisfied with your masked under-eye, you can now continue the rest of your makeup application.