Aging is inevitable unfortunately; And as much as I like to embrace aging and encourage other women to do the same (because it’s beautiful and natural) I sometimes have a difficult time embracing new wrinkles or sunspots on my face. I always stress to my clients and friends about how important skin care is as well as having a good beauty regimen in addition to eating healthy and drinking lots of water. If we can’t reverse signs of aging, we can at least try to prevent more of it.
If you’re like most of us girls, throughout the years you may have started to notice small changes in your skin like dark under eye circles, fine lines under and around your eyes, maybe some sun spots due to sun damage. UGH! the frustration! So maybe you went out and purchased some good skin care products to prevent additional aging and hopefully try to reverse some of it, right? GREAT! (If you haven’t, dont worry I will suggest some great products as we continue.)
Now you want to know what the tricks are to hide aging with makeup. You’ve tried packing on the concealers and foundations like the YouTubers and Instagram girls but it’s not working for you and now your eyes are creasing and those fine lines are suddenly not looking so fine. Well makeup wont make them go away unfortunately but there are some tricks to help. Here are a few steps you can take and some of my product suggestions for keeping your under eyes looking healthy and youthful.
First, you’ll want to make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Before any under eye application, (especially if you’ve applied eyeshadow and had any fallout) clean the area and apply eye cream.
STEP 1: PREP
Apply some hydrating under eye patches prior to applying eye cream and makeup. I usually do this for my clients after a long flight or if they are lacking sleep. I really like Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Hydra Gel Eye Patches (they are amazing and really give the under eyes a lift when they are looking dehydrated or puffy). I also love the Le Mieux Eye Firming Masks, they are very hydrating. Apply them while you are doing your hair or if you are rushing while you do eyeshadow and brows. They usually need to be on for about 10 minutes so try to make time for it. If not no biggie, the next step is more important.
Get some here:
STEP 2: HYDRATE Use a Good Eye Cream
Don’t skip this step, ALWAYS use eye cream!!!
Try to find an eye cream that is light, hydrating and illuminating which will help brighten your eyes. Don’t use a night cream, sometimes they are too rich and will cause makeup to cake.
A couple of the eye creams I tried and love are:
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Intense smoothing Eye Gel
- Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Eye Concentrat
- Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye
- La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift (smells incredible too)
- Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair
- Le Mieux Eye Wrinkle Corrector
- Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum
STEP 3: Use an Oil
You can dab a small amount of oil to your under eye area using your ring finger. This will produce extra hydration and keep the area looking hydrated, bright and illuminated.
- Try one of these:
- Eminence Facial Recovery Oil
- Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
- Beauty Counter Balancing Ylang Ylang Facial Oil
- Tatcha Camellia Beauty Oil
- Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-repair oil
Apply a corrector just under the eye if needed to conceal dark under eye circles. Apply a small amount only on the dark area using your ring finger and dab it on. You can blend it with a small brush or a beauty blender.
A couple of correctors I like are:
- YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer Color Correct
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Correcting Fluid
- Giorgio Armani Master Corrector
STEP 5: CONCEAL
Apply a concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin tone just under the eyes and onto the high points of the face. Here we will focus around the eyes. This will highlight the under eye area and make it appear to look brighter and youthful. Only apply a gentle amount as shown in the photo above. Then with a beauty blender gently pat the product into the skin moving upward to blend lightly over the corrector.
Some of my favorite light weight concealers that will not cake up under your eyes and cause creasing are:
- NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer
- ByTerry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer
- YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer
STEP 6: SET PRODUCT
Using a damp sponge like a beauty blender or Wedge sponge, apply a very gentle amount of translucent powder right underneath the lashline to set the concealer where it is most likely to crease. Blend it by gently tapping (not rubbing) the sponge onto the skin. Make sure not to over powder, if you have fine lines or wrinkles under your eyes, you probably shouldn’t be “baking”. We want to keep this area looking hydrated and over powdering will do the opposite.
Here are some of my favorite translucent powders:
- La Mer the Powder no color
- Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
- Jane Iredale Amazing Matte
STEP 7: Final Spritz to Set the Face
After I finish a makeup application I like to finish off by setting all of the makeup with a setting spray which also brings some hydration back to the face. There are tons of setting sprays out there, but the ones I love the most that actually feel hyrating and amazing on the skin after powder are these…
- Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist
- MAC Fix+
- Bobbi Brown Face Mist
- Morphe Prep & Set
Hope this was helpful information. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or feedback.