We probably all have pet peeves when it comes to our makeup. Lipstick feathering around the edges, bottom-lash mascara giving you panda eyes, foundation that’s the wrong color… For me, it’s definitely dry, flaky under eye concealer that settles into my fine lines. (Sidenote: I’m only 24. Why on earth do I have fine lines? Yeesh.) There’s nothing worse than popping into the bathroom mid-afternoon to check on my hair and makeup and seeing that my under eye concealer looks cracked and dull. Rather than brightening my face and making me look more awake, I look tired, and quite frankly– old!
No matter how many under eye concealers I’ve tried, this is always an issue for me. Some are better than others, but there’s no escaping it. Piling on more product halfway through the day only seems to make the problem worse. So what’s a girl to do? I think I’ve found the answer.
Grab your favorite facial oil. I can’t get enough of the Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil Light. I like that it dries to a semi-matte texture, which is perfect for our purposes. And as someone with oily-combination skin, I appreciate that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave me shiny or greasy.
Put the tiniest amount on your finger. I’m talking less than a drop. With the Josie Maran product, I typically just touch the side of the dropper to get a little bit on my finger. (If you get too much product by accident, just rub it into the back of your hand until most of it has absorbed.) Swipe the product under each eye, and gently pat it in with your ring finger to blend it out. Not only will the oil help to re-hydrate your dry concealer, but your under eye area will soak up the extra moisture, making the skin plumper and your fine lines less noticeable.
A few other tips for using this technique:
- Don’t use too much oil, or you’ll end up inadvertently wiping off your concealer.
- Avoid tea tree oil for this method. Not only is tea tree oil drying on the skin, if applied too close to the eyes, it can make them water or burn. (I learned this one the hard way. Ouch!)
- Thick concealers can cause additional creasing because they don’t set completely. Instead, opt for under eye concealers that are a slightly thinner consistency. (My favorites are the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.)
- Pay attention to the number of products you use under your eyes. If you use a corrector and a concealer and a setting powder– that’s three layers! Use the least amount of product necessary to accomplish each step, or else your concealer will end up looking creased and cakey.
- When I have extra time in the morning, I love to combine this technique with one I learned from Wayne Goss. (Basically– apply your eye cream and let it soak in. Apply more eye cream and let it soak in. And if needed, apply more eye cream.) It makes the under eye area super plump and hydrated before applying makeup. By using these two tricks together, my under eye concealer has never looked better.
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what products and tricks you use to prevent your concealer from creasing!