I’ve always had dark under-eye circles. I don’t have puffiness or heavy bags, but I just have a good deal of darkness under my eyes. For me, concealer is a GAME CHANGER in how awake and refreshed I look for the day. I’ve tried a handful of great concealers over the years, but recently I tried out Urban Decay’s All Nighter concealer and it is a new daily favorite. It knocked my tried and true Make Up For Ever concealer down to second place, which is a tough thing to do!
While I’m talking about this, I want to quickly point out that I try a LOT of different products. Just because this Urban Decay All Nighter concealer is my current favorite, does not mean that I do not like Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer anymore. Both are fantastic, but I’m currently enjoying Urban Decay All Nighter right now! I always give products a good try before I talk about them so I can give them an honest review.
Anyway, I’ve found that a little goes a long way with this concealer, which is true for most concealers anyway. It’s quite thick, so my favorite way to blend it is with a damp beauty blender. You could certainly use a brush, or even your fingertip too!
3 tips for perfect, long-lasting concealer:
- Apply a small amount AFTER applying foundation. You can always add more, but too much concealer leads to creasing which is the literal worst.
- Apply in a triangle shape spanning the side of your nose, to half way up your cheekbone and meeting below at the center point. Don’t simply swipe a line of it right under your eye, spread this product out so it gives overall brightness to that area of your face.
- Set with a setting powder. Setting your concealer is a must, especially for any of you who experience eye makeup or mascara smudging below your eyes. If you are not setting your concealer, you are asking for trouble. My favorite setting powder for concealer is Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. This is magic. It brightens the under eye, takes all the tackiness away from concealer, and lasts all day with no creasing.
Of these 3 tips, the third one is the most vital. Setting your concealer will help it last so much longer, and stay right in place. Even if you don’t typically set your foundation with a setting powder, set your concealer!
A few budget options for a loose setting powder are this one by e.l.f. HD underage setting powder or this one by No7! If I ever come across a sample of this setting powder by Tarte, I’d love to try it under my eyes because I think it will be nice and brightening!
p.s. For more recent skincare posts, check out this one about my winter morning skincare!