October 27, 2016

The Best Way to Stop Your Concealer from Creasing Under Your Eyes

Concealer can be a tricky situation. Kim Kardashian really did a number on the beauty staple when she sort of created a frenzy around her extreme highlighting and contouring routine, using a light yellow concealer.

Do a quick google or YouTube search and you'll see tons of videos on her technique: Draw a triangle of product under your eye, blend it with a sponge, pack on a powder and let it sit  while you finish the rest of your face. Everyone knows it looks amazing on camera. But I'm not the biggest fan of it in real life application.

Don't stone me.

I've just become a huge fan of skin. I love when skin looks beautiful and radiant and real. Looking fresh and flawless is my jam right now. Powdering everything down to absolute matte perfection definitely has it's place in my beauty routine, but man do I love when it literally looks like you could've woken up like this.

The highlighting routine that Kim K. uses will definitely keep everything in place all day, but has a tendency to look very heavy, especially if you're only going for an everyday look. It adds a lot of layers of product to the skin which is how one ends up with that caked on look.  And if you aren't careful, all the powder can gather in any fine lines and wrinkles that are present, which will make you look older.

If the sidewalk is your catwalk and you have Instagram paparazzi following you everywhere, by all means, be as slayed as you heart desires. Majority of the time, if you're just trying to get to work or look decent to run some errands, it's unnecessary.

So I started avoiding powder under the eyes altogether because I'm trying to learn the less-is-more approach. And I'm also trying to preserve my relatively youthful almost-32-year-old face.

I just want to look 32, okay?

If I'm all but eliminating powder and trying to stop concealer creasing under my eyes, what am I using?

Setting spray and a latex wedge sponge. Seriously it's that simple. Here's what I do:

1. Take a tissue or the flat square edge of the sponge and blot away the excess oils from your concealed areas.
This is an important step as it aids in the longevity of the makeup. The more oil you can eliminate from the various layers of makeup on your face, the longer it will take for the skin's natural oils to break through. This will help it last longer on the face and stop concealer from creasing.

2. Spray  one of the flat edges the sponge with setting spray until it is damp.
I have used lots of different setting sprays with good results. The oil-control from Skindinavia ($29), NYX Matte ($8), and even Wet n Wild Photo Focus ($6) are all good options at different price points.

3. Press the sponge onto the concealed areas, applying a decent amount of pressure.
This will make sure that the products mix well together and adhere to the skin.

4. Allow to dry.
And you're all set to go!

I really like this technique because it cuts down on the layers of makeup on the delicate skin under the eyes. It doesn't weigh down the skin and keeps concealer from creasing in fine lines. It could totally be used on your entire face to allow for minimal powder. And we've already gone over how much I love fresh skin.

Well my loves, that's all I have for you today. I hope you'll give this a try and let me know what you think about it. Make sure you're following me around for all the latest updates, and while you're at it, tell me about your favorite setting spray.

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