Since I started the Daily Face project I have been doing weekly written posts answering common makeup questions and/or talking about makeup techniques that I think are important. I have a few more topics I know I want to cover, but I thought it would be a good idea to take some questions from all of you. So, here’s what will happen: you email any general makeup related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will compile a list of your questions and answer one each week on my blog (probably on Fridays). Remember, I’m not going to write back to your emails individually, so don’t think I’m ignoring you. Just keep reading the Daily Face and I’ll get to your question soon!
There is this strange misconception that you should use an under eye concealer that is lighter than your natural skin tone. A lot of makeup artists will tell you this. But, in my opinion, having light circles around your eyes isn’t any more attractive than having dark circles around your eyes. If anything, this actually looks weirder. With makeup, the point is to make the skin fairly uniform in color, with some areas of highlight. Making areas of your skin appear lighter draws attention to them (hence why we highlight cheekbones); why would you then want to draw attention to your eye bags and under eye darkness by using a concealer shades light than your natural skin tone?
When picking out a concealer do not just go for the lightest shade, instead try to pick one that matches your skin tone. If it is a good product it doesn’t need to be light to cover your dark circles. Choosing a warmer color will help cover the cool purple and blue tones in the eye area, while a cool, light shade could make these areas look gray. Also, remember that in the summer your skin is a different color than it is in the winter, so you may not be able to use the same concealer all year round. Spring for a slightly darker shade when your skin is tan.
When you apply concealer to your under eyes do so with your fingers. You’ll get the most natural look this way.
Make Up For Ever HD Concealer is my favorite because it works great AND is fragrance free, hypoallergenic, and has no parabens. I try to use all Paraben-Free products. Not only are parabens bad for you, but a lot of people are allergic to them. I strongly recommend looking at the ingredients of the makeup you are buying. Some of the most “high end” products have the worst ingredients.