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Happy Monday, ya’ll! Today I’m excited to be starting a new blog series, where I’ll be sharing my top 5 products in each makeup category. Up first is concealers, but let me know in the comments which category you’d like to see next on the list! Also, a quick thanks to everyone who completed my blogging survey! I really appreciate the feedback I received and I’m excited to start incorporating some new ideas! 🙂
Top 5 Under Eye Concealers
Ugh, the dreaded dark under eye circles. Some of us have them due to lack of sleep or allergies, while others are genetically cursed with them (like me). Regardless, I think we all can agree they are a pain to deal with and it’d be awesome if they’d simply go away. While I’ve yet to find a magic potion, pill, or cream to make them disappear for good, over the years I have been able to find some of the best concealers out there to cover up those pesky under eye circles, and today I’m sharing with you my top 5!
L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer– I’ve talked about this concealer before in my monthly favorites, but this is probably the one concealer that I always find myself coming back to. Even though it is drugstore, I think it is hands down better than most high end concealers. It has outstanding coverage and the opti-blur technology really does a great job of blending in with skin for natural looking coverage. Also, if you have fine lines under your eyes, this concealer does a great job of helping conceal without settling into those. Hands down, my fave drugstore concealer!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer– On the high end spectrum, the Nars creamy concealer can’t be beat. On days where my under eye circles are in full blast mode, this concealer is my saving grace and does such a great job of lasting all day long. I will say that with the creamy consistency, a little of this product goes a long way. Typically just one swipe of product will do both under eye areas as well as my t-zone. Although this product is a slight splurge to some of the other products mentioned today, it’s well worth it in my opinion, simply due to the quality.
Rimmel London Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter– Another drugstore fave is the Rimmel London 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter. Not only does this product conceal but it also brightens the under eye area, and can serve as a highlighting stick when contouring/highlighting. The coverage is great and it really does a great job of brightening up any dark spots under the eyes. I also really like the applicator, as it provides an even finish. All in all, a great multi-use product!
NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer– Another recent monthly fave is the NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer. This stuff is ah-mazing! With a thicker consistency, it definitely has great coverage, but it’s not cakey at all like most thick concealers. Instead it is super creamy and brightens the under eye area like nobody’s business. Now that the colder weather has hit, I’ve also been using this product under my nose and on my chin to counteract any redness. I find this product applies best using a damp real techniques blending sponge.
NYX HD Concealer/Color Corrector in Yellow– Last but certainly not least is the NYX HD Color Correcting Concealer. I actually don’t use this product by itself, but instead I use it in combination with another brightening concealer. Typically I will use the Nars concealer or L’Oreal concealer, then top it with a few swipes of this to get rid of any remaining darkness.
Setting Under Eye Concealer
Of course, the most important step with under eye concealers is setting it! For setting my under eye area, I use e.l.f. Translucent HD Setting Powder, a damp Real Techniques Miracle Sponge, and the Real Techniques Setting Brush. After applying my concealer to the under eye area in a v shape, I use the damp sponge to blend the product outward towards my cheeks. You want to do this so it looks more natural, plus doing this helps bring the attention away from the under eye area. To set my under eye area, I typically use one of two techniques, including a quick set, everyday method, or a long-lasting baking method.
Everyday Setting: Using the setting brush, I begin applying a small amount of translucent powder under each eye area in a stippling motion. Once I’ve added the desired amount of product, I gently sweep back and forth to get rid of excess product. This is what I typically do on a busy work day or when I’m in a hurry.
Long-Lasting Baking Technique: Making sure that none of the concealer product has settled into creases, I dip the other end of my damp sponge into the translucent powder and pat onto the under eye area. After a few minutes, I go in with my brush and dust all of the extra product away. I use this technique when I’m wearing a full-coverage makeup look and I want to ensure my product lasts all day.
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Do you struggle with under eye circles? Have another fave to add to the list? Let me know in the comments! Stay tuned for an in-depth under eye concealer tutorial soon on the blog!
Thanks for stopping by! -Cara