Have you ever put concealer on only to realize mid-day that it has begun creasing and settling into your fine lines? This post is for you then! This is something I hear a lot of my clients say they struggle with so I wanted to break down my top tips for ensuring this doesn’t happen. But before I dive in, I think it’s important to note that fine lines and/or wrinkles are a completely NORMAL part of our skins aging process. So EMBRACE IT and don’t be too hard on yourself or fall into the comparison trap when it comes to your skin. After all, makeup can do a lot of things but getting RID of wrinkles and fine lines ain’t one of them! 🙂
Tip #1: Use Eye Cream
The skin under your eyes is very delicate and often needs a product geared specifically for the problems we tend to see in our eye area. Such as dark circles, bags/puffiness, fine lines & wrinkles, dryness, etc. These problems can come from things like rubbing our eyes, squinting, sun exposure, age, and more. So its extremely beneficial to use a product that not only targets those problems, but that will keep your under-eye moisturized underneath the makeup to prevent a dry or cakey look.
Tip #2: Choose the Right Product/Formula
The product you use has a lot to do with how your concealer will last/look throughout the day. For example if you have dry skin yet you’re using a concealer with a matte finish, that’s only going to emphasize your dry skin and look cakey. So you should go for a creamy formula instead. When choosing the right shade, be sure you are choosing one that is just 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone. Not 4-5. 😉 Utilize sites like Ulta to read the details of the product and help find your correct shade. That’s typically a lot easier than trying to figure it out in-store!
Tip #3: Use the Right Amount of Product
One trend I’ve been happy to see lately within the beauty community is using way less concealer. It seems crazy now to do the infamous triangle technique under your eye when all of that product really isn’t necessary. And it also could be the reason behind your under-eye creasing. When you use too much product, it’s easier for it to settle into fine lines because it has nowhere else to go. Trust me when I say a little goes a long way when using the right product. Look out for the Instagram Reel I’m posting tonight where I show you my technique and how much product I use!
Tip #4: Smoothen Your Canvas
When I say “smoothen your canvas” I mean looking up toward the ceiling when blending out your concealer in order to stretch out the skin under your eyes and create a smooth surface for blending. It doesn’t make sense to try to blend out your concealer on top of your fine lines and expect an even application. How your concealer looks when you set it, has a lot to do with how it’ll look throughout the day. So blend, blend, blend!
Tip#5: Set, Set, Set!
This final yet very important tip is KEY! You have to lock your concealer in place with a little powder to ensure it doesn’t move around throughout the day. You can use a smaller fluffy brush to lightly tap the powder over the concealer or, like me, you can use a damp beauty sponge. You’ll want to look up for this step as well to ensure your concealer is blended and smooth before applying the powder. Another important thing here is to be VERY gentle as to not move the concealer when you’re applying the powder. I like to dip my damp beauty sponge in a translucent powder and wipe off the excess and then gently press the powder into my concealer. (Again, look out for my Instagram Reel today for a visual of this.) This step is major for preventing under-eye creasing and helping your makeup last!
I would love it if you let me know in the comments or on Instagram if this was helpful to you! I strive to provide any tips and tricks that I can in order to empower you to create your own makeup looks and/or grow your own artistry & skill. Practice makes progress, so just have fun along the way! 🙂