How To Prevent Under Eye Concealer From Creasing

Concealer is indeed a girls best friend, it covers up any nasty blemishes and sun spots, as well as covering those pesky dark under eye circles. Yet it can be problematic for many people, from a dry and cakey finish to excessive creasing which both enhances the look of fine lines. In my line of work I get girls and guys on the daily asking me how to combat these problems so I decided to offer some great tips so your under eye concealer looks and stays fresh and beautiful all day long.

1. Before application apply a generous amount of eye cream. A hydrated area will diminish creasing.

2. Use a primer to prep the area before application. You can use one made specifically for the are such as the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer. I also like to use a combination of the Make Up For Ever Primers in Nourish and Smoothing (Check out my full review here for more details).Smashbox_PhotoFinish_Hydrating_UnderEyePrimermakeupforever_step1_skinEqualizer_primers3. Use a creamy rather then a thicker/dryer texture of concealer. The more creamy the texture the less it will emphasize fine lines and provoke creasing. I like to use the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer but it is a tad on the thick and dry side so I like to mix a bit of the HD Concealer in to make it creamier and thinner in texture.

Make Up For Ever HD Concealer + Full Cover 4. If you have a concealer that’s too thick and dry in texture you can also add a bit of eye cream to thin the product and provide more hydration.

5. Apply a light layer of translucent setting powder to the area after application in order to absorb excess product (which leads to creasing) and to make sure the product stays in place. Although powder foundations do the trick I find a translucent powder to provide more hold and longevity such as the the Make Up For Ever HD Powder or the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.Laura Mercier Secter Camouflage Powder + Make Up For Ever HD Pressed powder and Pro Finsih As you can see the main culprit of under eye creasing tends to be due to dryness, so keep that under eye area hydrated and perky for a flawless long lasting finish.

Do  you have problems with under eye creasing? What are some of your solutions and HG products?

Hugs from Beauty Land

My Favorite Setting Powders & Tips For Avoiding Cake Face

Hey Guys,

So today I thought Id talk a little bit about setting powders (in the context of using a liquid base). Setting powders do wonders, they can help set your cream under eye concealer so it doesn’t crease, it can help with oil and shine control, give a radiant look to the skin, and it can help prolong your foundation and make up. The following products are some of my favorite setting powders with rather varying finishes and purposes.

IMG_9514For shine control and longevity look for a transparent powder like the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. This particular translucent powder works on all skin tones, sets the make up for maximum longevity, and does an amazing job at shine control. Not to mention this product looks amazing in pictures and on camera by controlling the white cast that can appear  in photos.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDPowderAnother great powder to get you camera ready is the Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Translucent Setting Powder. The finish on this is a little less matteifying then the MUFE HD powder and has more of a skin like quality. It doesn’t create flash back and makes the skin glow in a natural way. Love this product but definitely don’t care for the packaging. The sponge is super annoying and impracticable, I just take it off when in use and replace when its stored away to avoid a loose powder catastrophe. (side note: I wouldn’t recommend this product to dark skinned guys and gals as it does have a light flesh tone color, which may create an ashy appearance).

UrbanDecay_razorSharpUltraDefintion_finishingPowderThe Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder in Fair is a wonderful setting powder for the under eye area. Its almost translucent but has a slight pale-pink tone to help brighten under the eye area (Its like the Banana Powder for light skinned folks!!). It doesn’t cake up or dry the area and helps my concealer be crease free all day long.

bennye_facepowderIf your not worried about flash back in photos and your going for a more natural look then I highly recommend the Mac Mineralized Skin Finishes. The finish of this product is gorgeous, it makes the skin look so radiant and fresh. It helps my make up last and helps with minimal shine control without completely mattifying the face. Plus the shade range is extensive. I like to use it either to set my foundation and to add a bit more coverage (as its not translucent yet is on the sheer side) or in the summer on its own just to create a fresh and even skin tone. It lasts all day long and never fails.

Mac_MSFAnother similar product is the Mac Select Sheer Loose Powder. It has the same type of light reflecting properties but also does a slightly better job at oil control. There is a small shade range but due to its sheer nature the possibility of finding the right shade is high. The only down side is that its loose and thus prone to making a mess.

mac_selectSheerLossePowderThings To Keep In Mind When Working With Setting Powder:

  1. When applying powder remember to tap the brush to remove excess product. Its better to apply thin layers and easier to correct then applying too much!
  2. Use a light hand and a large fluffy brush to disperse a sheer wash of product (the denser the brush the more product transferred onto the skin!!). This will help avoid and/or minimize the chance of cake face.
  3. When applying powder try to push the brush and product into the skin, rather than swiping, to avoid moving or disturbing the make up underneath. Another option is to use a large fan brush or a powder puff to roll product onto the skin to minimize disturbance.
  4. Use a setting spray, whether for oil control or dewyness, to further set make up and to sheer down powder if you accidentally went over board.
  5. If you lean more towards oily skinned avoid heavy dewy or light reflecting powders whereas my dry skinned girls should go for the opposite.
  6. When choosing setting powder consider what you want it to do as well as your skin type and shade: are you looking to look flawless on camera, control oil, maximize longevity or all of the above?

I love all these powders for different reasons but one thing they have in common is their ability to stand up to their individual claims and their ability to adapt to skin for a flawless long lasting finish. What do you guys think, are any of these your favorites too?

Hugs from Beauty Land