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Monday, November 10, 2014

Concealer Dream Team

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Once upon a time lip gloss was my most collected item. A time when a stroll through the makeup department was all about colour. A time before undereye circles would appear and ruin my fun. Now, concealer is one of my most hoarded ahem, collected items. You just never know which one could be the one. The One. The one we're all ultimately searching for- perfect coverage, natural finish, and crease free wear. Oh, yeah, that's the one. But does it truly exist? I'm not so sure. What I am sure of however, is the foursome I like to call my Concealer Dream Team. Intrigued? Read on!

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The backbone of this concealer team is the mighty It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. This is a pretty heavy duty concealer in the fact that it's thick in texture and gives amazing coverage. I tend to like to go brush-less when applying concealer anyway, but the thicker texture of this does perform best when applied with fingers, as the warmth from your hands makes it creamier and easier to apply. Oh, and you really don't need much of this. The smallest amount goes a long way. I have the shade Natural Medium, which is said to work on 70% of skintones, but I find it to be just a tad too dark for my under eye area. No problem though. Why?....

Team member 02 happens to be Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. 'More concealer?! But you said.." Hold that thought. This isn't concealer, it's a brightener. While this does come in traditional concealer shades, it's the Brightener that I love. It's a natural pinky shade that works to, well, for lack of a better word brighten the undereye area. You could use it on it's own if you only need minimal coverage, but I like to layer it over a concealer. It's especially nice if your concealer shade is just that little bit too dark. Quite often I end up with concealer that is the perfect shade for my face, but that little bit too dark for under my eyes. A touch of brightener works to not only even out the shade, but also add light and brighten the area. Perfect for concealing especially dark circles or counteracting shadows if you have deeper set eyes.

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Now that you've got those bad boys covered (the dark circles, keep your head in the game) you're going to want to keep everything there. I used to think finding the perfect, crease free concealer depended on finding the perfect concealer- go figure. But, I've since taken that theory and tossed it; mainly because almost every concealer still manages to crease on me. What to do? Crack out a translucent powder. Since you've taken the time to conceal and brighten you don't want to get all powder happy with something that is going to obliterate your perfectly concealed undereye area now do you? No! There are quite a few translucent powders I'm fond of for this job, but the most recent one to catch my eye (see what I did there?) is Gosh Prime'n Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder. While this can be used pre-makeup as a primer, it's the setting powder purpose where it really shines. I take a little on a Sigma Tapered Blending Brush ( aka the E40) and pat it on over my concealer. I hate the E40 for eyeshadow use- it's too big for one thing, and is a bit too scratchy- but it works really well for setting concealer.

And there you have it! I find that this foursome gives me perfect coverage that wears all day without creasing or fading. Tried any of these products? What are your go-tos for perfect undereye concealment?