Welcome to this 2 part series on How to Brighten Under Eyes. In Part 2, I’ll focus on the common mistakes of under eye makeup and how you can avoid them!
How to Brighten Under Eyes – Part 2!
The market is saturated with a lot of really good concealers yet you still find yourself unable to nail that bright and smooth-looking under eye makeup. The best under eye concealer, unfortunately, is not enough. There are under eye makeup application boo-boos you may be committing! Find out if you’re guilty and learn how to prevent them.
Oils are not produced on the under eye and it happens to be the most delicate part of your face. Make sure you apply eye cream at least 5 minutes before makeup application. Using your ring finger (the finger with the lightest pressure), pat the under eye cream gently. You know your eye cream has been absorbed when the area is slightly tacky to the touch. If you apply while the eye cream is still sitting on your skin, your concealer will just slip and slide all over the place. A good eye cream is the perfect moisturizer and primer before concealer.
Concealers intended under the eye are creamy and lightweight while those intended for blemishes have a drier and heavier formula. When you conceal a blemish, you need something more bulletproof in order to cover the hyper-pigmentation, or sometimes, an active breakout. Your under eye needs a different kind of camouflage. Great under eye concealers must have suitable coverage while still being lightweight and hydrating. If you get cheeky and used the same concealer for your blemishes on your under eye, there’s a big chance that the delicate eye area would be overwhelmed, resulting in a dry cake-y mess.
Less is more couldn’t be more apt. I’m partial to concealers with medium to full coverage because you use very little and it goes a long way. I apply the most concealer on the darkest area and diffuse the concealer on the surrounding area. For most people, the inner corner typically needs the most attention – that’s where I first apply the concealer and I just blend away on the surrounding area. The more concealer you apply, the greater chance that the product will settle on your fine lines.
Anything haphazardly blended will sit on top of the skin. When product sits on top of the skin, it has higher likelihood to crease. There are two professional ways to blend: (1) Use your fingers and pat (not rub) the concealer in place and (2) Use a wet sponge (like a Beauty Blender) and bounce it around the under-eye area. The 1st technique uses your finger’s warmth to melt and blend the concealer. The 2nd technique ensures the most air-brushed, even and thin application of concealer. I find that I have the smoothest result by using both techniques.
Setting powders specifically for the under-eye area are finely-milled and light-reflective loose powders. Pressed powders and powder foundations tend to be on the heavier coverage and will add unnecessary weight on your under eye. Don’t go crazy with the powder! Over-powdering will also give you cake-y finish. Important: Immediately after smoothing down the concealer, follow thru with loose powder almost instantly. I have a personal technique too: I lift my entire eye area including the brows to get a stretch and get as little micro-creasing as possible. By doing so, my under eye is completely smooth before I set it with powder.
Go Forth and Brighten Away!
There is no alternative to smooth and bright under-eye. It takes a great concealer and a handful of good techniques to make it happen. You’ve been shown the way. You got this!
If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can find it here.
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