Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bags Belong On Your Arms...Not Under Your Eyes

It has been WAY too long since my last blog post so I decided that it was time to get writing. Over the past few weeks, several people have given me some great ideas to write about. Though this is true, I'm ignoring all of those ideas... (just kidding, I'm just putting them on the back burner for now). Today's blog post will be about concealing those dreadful under eye circles that we all have. While a good night's sleep and plenty of water help combat those pesky suckers, we all know that life is chaotic and we don't always get that. So, are my four simple steps that will help eliminate under eye baggage.

Step 1: Prime
Recently, I started using MAC's Mattifying Gel ($19). This is an amazing product because it helps your concealer last all day AND reduces the concealer build-up that is all too common, under the eyes.

Step 2: Conceal
It is important that you pick a concealer that has a peachy/orange base. These colors help take out the purple and blue undertones in the skin. You also want a concealer that has a gel-like consistency. This will help reduce that "cakey" look. My favorite concealer is Eve Pearl's Salamon Concealer ($30). When you apply this, you want to use your ring finger and smooth it out, along your under eye area.

Step 3: Foundation
Apply your favorite foundation. To do this, you can use a stippling brush, a Beauty Blender, or your fingers. Some of my favorite foundations at the moment are : MAC's Pro Longwear ($29.50), Tarte's Recreate Anti-Aging Foundation ($37) and Revlon's ColorStay Foundation ($12.99).

Step 4: Set with Powder
This step is EXTREMELY important. You need to use a setting powder to lock in the gel/cream that is in the concealer and to set your foundation. If you have dry skin, you may only want to apply the powder to your t-zone (forehead, nose, chin, and under eyes). You do not need a lot of powder, as a little goes a long way. To avoid over application, I recommend using a soft puff, like NYX's Flocked Puffs ($3). My favorite translucent powder is Makeup Forever's HD Microfinish Powder ($30).

Voila! That is it!! While this may seem like a time consuming process, it really will only take 5 minutes to do, and will make a world of difference on your face! You will LOOK well-rested... even if you haven't slept for days!



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