12 Concealer Tips for Dry, Aging or Crepey Under-Eyes
I've always had an issue with concealer under my eyes. Even when I was younger, it would still accentuate fine lines and just make the area look older than I was. For the longest time I just stopped using concealer completely and went a little heavier on the foundation there, but as I get older, I just find I need a bit more coverage than foundation alone can provide. Being exceptionally pale and having thinner skin under my eyes, I have a lot of blue showing through, which I like to try and cover more and more as I mature.
I've tried a lot of tips and tricks. Some worked. Some worked a little bit and some didn't work for me at all. We're all different and products react differently on everyone's skin so what works for me, may not work for you and vice-versa. I'm going to include a variety of tips that I've learned over the years, so you can try them out and figure out what works best for you!
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This goes for everyone no matter what your skin type. Ensure the under-eye area is properly hydrated and moisturized every day and especially before you do your makeup. I highly recommend using hyaluronic acid or polyglutamic acid before applying a moisturizer because these products pull more moisture into the skin to help keep the area plump and hydrated.
2. Facial oils - If you are extra dry, you can try using a hydrating facial oil under your eyes (and under your moisturizer). Research which types are best for your skin, but generally argan, maracuja and squalane are good choices. There are many different options though, so try a few and see what works for you.
3. Facial oils (again) - a different way you can use a facial oil is to mix a drop in directly with your concealer. If that's too heavy, you can add a drop or two directly to your beauty sponge before patting in the concealer.
4. Less is more - if you're like me and you watch beauty gurus on Youtube, you'll see them adding giant triangles of concealer underneath their eyes. This is not a friend to aging skin, dry skin or even most of the general public. Try adding small dots under your eyes and blend it out. Reapply if you need a little more until you figure out the minimum amount of product you need. Anything more will tend to start creasing or looking cakey and crepey.
5. Look up - I think most of us do this anyway, but just in case you don't - look up when applying your concealer. It helps eliminate some fine lines so the concealer has a smoother surface to blend into.
6. Use your fingers - Try patting in your concealer with your ring finger. Your finger helps warm up the product to blend it in better, plus you can press the product into your skin a little better. If you find it still looks a little heavy, you can always go over with a damp beauty sponge to remove excess product and blend it out.
7. Easy on the powder - Every notice your makeup can look great, but as soon as you set it to help prevent creasing, you wind up with crepey, dry looking under-eyes which accentuates the fine lines and creasing even more. Forget baking or using a lot of powder. Use the tiniest amount of powder on a sponge or brush and lightly...lightly...dust the area. You can always go back in and press in with your fingers too to warm up the skin. If you find you still have issues, you can skip powder all together and pat out the concealer throughout the day with your fingers to help blend out any creasing. I personally usually use a sponge to apply powder to my face and I tend to powder my face first and then lightly touch under my eyes with whatever might be leftover on the sponge to avoid going too heavy on the area.
8. Use a hydrating concealer - This seems like common sense, but many people don't know there are different options or they get so caught up in what's hot and on trend, that they don't use what may be right for them. Experiment with some more hydrating concealers like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer, Maybelline Fit Me or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye.
9. Use two concealers (yes you read that right) - If you find you need heavier coverage from a drier concealer, such as Tarte Shape Tape (one of my favourites when I need coverage), try putting on a small amount of a more hydrating concealer (I usually use a dab of Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) which I blend out completely before adding a dab of Tarte Shape Tape and blending that out afterwards. The hydrating concealer helps to set a base before adding a drier, more full coverage concealer on top. This is a trick that works really well for me and one that took me a long time to learn.
10. Prime - I've recently been trying out the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer and I've been finding that it makes a huge difference under my eyes. This is pricey, but I sometimes use my regular primer on my face and just add a touch of the Tatcha Primer under my eyes. I also just have the smaller travel sized sample on hand. I just find that when I use this, a lot of concealers just seem to glide over the area better and don't accentuate any fine lines. It's been my latest trick and one that I really enjoy.
11. Don't bring the concealer so high - I often see beauty gurus bringing the concealer up to right underneath their eye as high as they can get it into the lash line. Everyone naturally has some creasing there so why accentuate it? If you look at your eye, chances are there is no discolouration up that high and even if there was chances are it will be covered by eyeliner, shadows and lower lashes. Only bring the concealer up as high as you need it so you can avoid letting it settle into these lines.
12. Set it and forget it - Don't forget that after you powder, you can add in a hydrating or dewy setting spray. Some people like to spritz their beauty sponges and pat it under the eye, but I find this doesn't work for me without shifting around my makeup. It may work for you, but even if it doesn't, you can still use it to spritz your face. A good setting spray will not only help your makeup last longer throughout the day, but it will help powders melt into the skin and help eliminate that powdery, crepey look.
There you go...12 tips and tricks you can try if you've been struggling with your concealer. Getting older or having dry skin, doesn't mean we can't enjoy certain makeup products. It just means we have to get creative and figure out what works best for us. In case you're curious, some of my favourite concealers are:
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer - this is my newest favourite. It blends out like a dream, gives great coverage and I've had no issues with creasing or it looking dry. I've been using it over the Tatcha primer with great success. I've been enjoying this more than a lot of high end concealers I've tried.
Tarte Shape Tape - this is drying on a lot of people, but for some reason even though I normally struggle with my under-eyes, this works pretty well for me. I either apply the teeniest drop of it (a little goes a long, long way) or if I need a little more coverage I use:
Maybelline Fit Me - I'm not really a huge fan of this just on it's own because it's not enough coverage for me, but I do love using this under a full-coverage drier concealer (like Tarte Shape Tape). It just works for me!
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer - This one gives me good coverage and doesn't seem to be too drying for me. I do really like the formula of this one.
Elf Camo Concealer - This is a bit drier for me, although for many people it's less dry than Tarte Shape Tape. I guess I'm a little backwards on this one. It does have great coverage though. Just keep in mind it dries quickly, so do one eye at a time and pat, pat, pat. This is super affordable, so it might be worth a try.
That's it! Remember there are a ton of concealers out there, so it may be a matter of finding one that works for you and the methods that work with your individual skin type. Do you have any concealer tips or tricks that you've tried out that I didn't mention above? Feel free to leave a comment, because you never know...they just may work for someone else!
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