Monday, August 27, 2012

Under-eye Concealer Tips!



Hey everyone! Just wanted to pass along a few tips for undereye conecaler application- based on my Try This, Not That concealer video (check that out for specific product recommendations). I feel like the undereye area is a particularly difficult spot to make the concealer look natural- so these tips might be helpful for you...
  • Do you apply foundation first, then concealer? I do, in hopes that the foundation will take care of some of my problem areas so I won't have to use as much concealer. Also, the concealer will keep from getting smeared around. However- sometimes when you glance at your undereye area and feel like it's cakey- it's not always the concaeler's fault. Does your foundation look thick, dry, unnatural elsewhere on your face? Chances are it's not going to look great in the undereye area either. So just keep that in mind before you blame the concealer. I'm not saying don't put foundation there- but just be aware of what kinds look fresh and natural for your skin type.
  • Don't apply too much undereye concealer. Begin with a very small amount, and build it up only if you think it's necessary. I find that the amount I use varies almost daily, and starting small keeps you from overdoing it. Don't go on auto-pilot-- doing it the exact same way every single day, because your needs will vary.
  • Warm it up! A lot of creamy, full coverage undereye concealers are much thicker than the average foundation. I recommend getting some of that creamy concealer on your finger, and rubbing it together with another finger. This will immediately make the texture just the slightest bit thinner- and it'll mesh with your skin in a more natural way.
  • As you apply concealer to the under-eye, there are some extremely dry kinds that I prefer to just press into the skin, so the heat of my fingers can continue to work its magic. However not every concealer requires it... and there's a new generation of brushes that I think is fantastic for buffing out your concealer- they're the Sigma Sigmax Precision brushes. A side benefit to these brushes- as you blend, you also pick up a certain amount of excess product with the brush.

After experimenting with all of these brushes, I especially love the rounded one (P82, second from the left), and the new flat angled one (P88, far right). Check them out here on Sigma's website. 

  • Mattify. Some concealers leave a very moisture-rich texture which can make bags or anything that's not smooth under the eye seem much more obvious. Let's face it, we're not always wanting to just conceal blue-toned darkness of under-eye circles, but also the shadows that bags can create on the face. A light dusting of powder over the concealer can work wonders for making that whole area look smooth, even, and bright. You can use anything from a face powder to Bare Minerals Bisque (careful- it's full coverage). If you have an extra fluffy eye blending brush- these fit nicely in the undereye area and don't pack on the powder as much as a flat concealer brush.
  • Blot! This was a tip that I mentioned at the end of my concealer video, but before you finish your makeup, double check those little lines under your eye area. You don't always notice this immediately after concealer application- but after a few minutes- you may see product settling in those lines. It's something pretty much all concealers will do. But if you blot over those lines with a q-tip, you can remove that excess product. It'll help your lower liner stay in-tact also, since that creamy concealer isn't interacting with eyeliner, mascara, etc.
Hope these tips were helpful for you! These are the kinds of things I feel like I'm often tweeting with people back & forth about, so I thought I might as well devote a blog post to it! :)


Daily Nuggets...
  • I finished season 2 of Pretty Little Liars last night. Kind of freaking out about how I'm going to be able to start watching season 3! Help! 
  • Filling up my planner with packing lists for the Germany trip. Today on the Beauty Broadcast Facebook page we've been discussing German makeup trends. Very interesting! :)  
  • I dusted today. It's an oddly satisfying experience. 
  • Friday I had a lovely phone conversation with a man (news viewer) who insists that I say Illinois wrong. Honey, I've lived here all my life! I can think of a handful of other words I need to be critiqued on before that one.
  • Any Beauty Broadcasters in the path of Hurricane Isaac? Hope you are safe!!
  • More Beauty Vlogcast videos (including Ask Tyler, What's in my Bag, & more)- after the Germany trip! I will also try to post quick blog updates while on the trip, if possible!
  • Anyone else watch beauty videos while working out? Today during a less-than-strenuous workout I also managed to browse MallyBeauty.com, where I began watching her endless video how-to's on her products. Super helpful & entertaining!
  • Well I think that's enough nuggets for one day. See ya next time!! 

41 comments:

  1. So jealous that you're going to Germany! I want to go one day and actually just started taking German in college now that my new major allows it. Speaking of college I'm at U of Florida so we've gotten some rain but thankfully the storm didn't hit Florida like they thought last week, hope everyone is okay in the other gulf states though!

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  3. Have fun on your trip! Btw i live in Miami and Isaac was just a rainy day we are used to summer storms that are worse than this was. I feel bad for the people in New Orleans though.

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  4. Do you pronounce Illinois with the "S"? I'm originally from Illinois (Quad Cities) and I've always said it with a silent S. :-)

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  5. Thanks for the tips! Your videos are amazing, I buy almost every product that you use!! "If Emily owns it, it's good!" ...that's my muse!! lol! Hugs and kisses from Puerto Rico!! XOXO
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  6. Awesome tips! I strangely wondered why some days my eyes look better than others. I have to admit of doing it the same way every time. Today was one of those days that I used way to much and it looked awful. Have fun on your trip and take lots of pics!!

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  7. There will be a marathon for Pretty Little Liars on tomorrow starting at 11 am on ABC family! The season finale is on tomorrow evening! I can't wait!!!

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  8. Hope you enjoy Germany! Great tips as always! :)

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  9. Great tips! Thanks for that :-D. I live in the Dominican Republic and there was much damage in the rural areas. It all over now :-). Thanks for your concern!

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  10. Thanks for the concealer tips, Emily—I especially like the look of the Sigmax brushes. May have to ask for those for Christmas :) And there's a PLL marathon on tomorrow leading up to the new episode! It starts at 11.

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  11. Thanks for the safe wishes, Emily! I'm in Tampa, but the storm looks like it's going to pass us by. Thank goodness!! Now if only I could escape the mayhem of the RNC this week... :/ Lol

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  12. Yep, like a few others mentioned, there's a PLL marathon tomorrow. I'm recording them all so I can be caught up when the show starts back up in the fall. I finished season 2 a week ago or so and feel lost, lol. I'm obsessed! xo

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  13. Loved this post! I know everyone always says "Nevada" wrong. It's Na-va-da, not Nah-vah-dah. Don't say it like the Terminator. :)

    That Illinois nugget was funny.

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  14. Since I watched the "try this not that" vid, ive been blotting my under eye area after I put concealer on and it looks soooo much better now!! On another note, I live in Louisiana and A LOT of people have already evacuated today which created a pile up on I-10 but I'm going to ride it out for now and wait until I get the "go" from the Coast Guard (hubby is in the CG). I figured they'll have the scoop on exactly what will go down. For now, I'm just gonna watch YouTube and catch up on my TV shows until the power goes out LOL

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  15. Thanks for the great tip! Germany sounds like a fantastic trip!

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  16. Thanks for the tips. You are probably going to be busy in Germany, but if you get a chance could you make a video just showing the area you are staining at. It is interesting to see ))

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  17. Thanks for the tips. You are probably going to be busy in Germany, but if you get a chance could you make a video just showing the area you are staining at. It is interesting to see ))

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  18. Thanks for the tips. You are probably going to be busy in Germany, but if you get a chance could you make a video just showing the area you are staining at. It is interesting to see ))

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  19. Thanks for the tips. You are probably going to be busy in Germany, but if you get a chance could you make a video just showing the area you are staining at. It is interesting to see ))

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  20. Fantastic tips. A lot of people would find them useful. I actually apply concealer first. But I agree that finger tips are the best tools.
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  21. Hi! thanks for the tips Emily. Hope your trip to Germany (Deutschland) would be good and inspiring too! :D
    I like the videos of Eve Pearl (at YouTube), now she got new ones like hauls of her make up brand but give lots of tips too! Another good videos is of TheMakeupChair (also at youTube) the girl are a real pro and very nice too! :D
    Have a good trip!
    kisses
    Maria

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  22. Loved those tips specially the blotting part. My under eye concealer ALWAYS settles into fine lines and however I apply it, it always happens. I love to have a fresh looked face but the under eye area makes me look older and weird :(

    Cheers! Check out my blog when you can (http://sifascorner.blogspot.com/)

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  23. Hi again!! just to say that the videos and blogue of Lisa Eldrige are fantastics too with good information, tips, trends, etc. She is now relaunch the brand No. 7at UK and they managed a new technological device to track skin and set the right tone of skin to set the right foundation due to tone and skin type.
    You could check here: http://www.lisaeldridge.com/blog/25263/discover-your-skin-true-match/
    kisses
    Maria :D

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  24. Great post!

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    xx

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  25. Oh how nice, you come to Germany? Where are you going to stay?

    Thanks for the tips, great as always :)
    Hugs from Germany
    Lizzy

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  26. I've been looking for a good concealer for under my eyes for so long now. I have super oily skin and no amount of primer and whatnot does anything for me and every concealer I've tried goes away within a few hours. These are very nice tips though. I'll have to give some a try. And have fun on your trip! I've always wanted to go to Germany
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  27. The 3rd season of Pretty Little Liars can be watched on movie2k.com. All you do is type in pretty little liars and it will bring it up. Hope this helps :)

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  28. AMAZING post, so useful, thanks :)

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  29. Oh my God that nugget about the news viewer calling is just hilarious!!!

    Have a great day!

    xoRosie

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  30. Hi Emily, I suggest you pay a visit to a German drugstore called dm-markt..you will find tons of makeup (essence, l'oreal,etc.) but also lines that aren't available here in the US. I recommend trying the brand Catrice. xoxo Yanina

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  31. LoL, I live in Illinois too. Thanks for all your advise. Enjoy your trip and share it with us.

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  32. Me and my family just got back from Europe a week ago to visit some relatives. :) It's a lot of fun. Let us know about your trip when you get back! Have a fun and safe trip!

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  33. Excellent tips! Thanks a lot for sharing them. xx

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  34. When you go to Germany, DO check P2 cosmetics from DM drugstores. Their lipsticks are fabulous: creamy, pigmented and for less than €2. I think I'm going to cry when I finish the one I bought. Their automatic eyeliners are the best thing I've ever tried. My sister bought the black one when we went to Berlin two years ago and I later regretted not getting any myself. And what can I say about the nail polishes: colourful, dirty cheap again and great quality.
    Their eyeshadows I found to be a little meh, though.
    I would have put wheels to the entire display if I could and packed it with me all the way to Spain, lol.

    By law, German cosmetics cannot test on animals, so that's an added plus.

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  35. I always have problems with concealer caking or creasing too much under the eyes, thanks for the tips!

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  36. I really wanna try those Sigma Brushes! Seems like they'd work great for applying concealer!

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  37. absolutely great tips! i will follow them :)

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  39. Great tips! I have under eye dilemmas so these under eye concealer tips are very helpful to me. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  40. Wish I knew a good somewhat inexpensive concealer ment for the undereye area... (I have blue veins under my eyes that are visible)

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