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Thursday, January 7, 2016

How to Fix Problematic Undereye areas!

My biggest makeup struggle (aside from even winged eyeliner of course) is by far my undereyes!
My skin type is dry to begin with and the delicate skin under my eyes is no exception.

This makes applying concealer to cover my dark circles nearly impossible without my eye bags suddenly appearing aged and looking like, for lack of a better word, dinosaur skin(appealing I know, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL).  Just take a look at my selfie below. Ohhh yeah that undereye though. 

For years, I just opted out of wearing concealer because my dark circles were less offensive than my flakey, creasing concealer. I asked countless makeup artists and cosmetics specialists for advice but nothing seemed to work. If I had a dollar for every time I heard "oh, just set it with some powder" or "Bake it, girl" I would be on a beach somewhere in Hawaii and not here in cold Canada writing this blog post.

If this sounds like you, don't worry I understand and there is hope. 

One of the first things I have learned during my struggle is that if you are experiencing these types of problems you CANNOT SKIP EYE CREAM.

Seriously, eye cream is the only way to drastically improve this.

Eye cream is tricky because depending on your age, it can sometimes take anywhere between 30 days to 90 days to see results. I am absolutely the type of person to get discouraged if I don't see an immediate difference even if it's just a little bit.

After using my first eye cream for just over 2 weeks I noticed that my undereyes were looking alot better without makeup. Just after the 3 week mark, I decided to give undereye concealer another go. For the first time ever it didn't look completely awful. Not amazing but not awful.

I still had a little creasing but the sudden appearance of "wrinkles" after applying makeup was no longer an issue. After about 6 weeks I decided to try a more intense eye cream. 2 weeks later my entire under eye had completely transformed. I don't know wether to credit the first eye cream, the second or both.

If you are a dry skin type like me, you probably avoid powders at all costs but that unfortunately is the only way to prevent creasing. I wouldn't attempt this until after at least a month of using an eye cream because any signs of dryness will be amplified the second you apply even the finest milled powders which will in turn cause "dehydration" wrinkles. Once your under eye has been properly hydrated, wearing powder becomes 100% easier.

Another key point is finding the right concealer. Without your undereye area being hydrated, every concealer is going to appear to be the wrong concealer so, this step is extremely hard without following the first one. The lighter weight the better. Serum type concealers are my favourite as they aren't very heavy and won't weigh down the skin.

A good rule of thumb is that if the concealer is a thicker and more solid consistency then it's probably too heavy for your undereye. An example of this would be anything that usually comes in a pot.

Don't get me wrong this works for some people but for my type of undereye  this concealer works best around my face for hiding blemishes.

Now, you're probably wondering what magical products I have found work best so lets jump to that before I ramble on more.

First let's discuss eye creams:

The first eye cream to show me a difference was the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel.
I loved this one since is absorbed extremely fast and was really easy to wear under makeup because it didn't have any type of oily finish. The price point $46 is also not astronomically high for an eye cream. This is a great starting point if you're newer to the eye cream game.

The second one I tried was the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 eye cream.

This one is definitely heavier and is a little pricier at $65CAD but I wouldn't give it up for the world. The results seemed to happen over night. It's perfect for before bed and if you just use a little, it can also be worn during the day under makeup as well. Although it's not as easily or as quickly absorbed as Laneige, it does give an amazing smoothness to the under eye . I will probably use this eye cream for the next 10years. It's that good.

Now onto the concealers:

Hands down, if you're battling very dark circles as well as dry under eyes the concealer I've found to work best for me is the Bobbi Brown Serum correcting concealer.

The serum consistency is super light weight and moisturizing. This concealer is also tinted with peachy-pink tones to help counteract the blue-purple shades that come with dark circles. At first glance this concealer looks ridiculously off coloured and pink but once applied to the under eye the pinkness is undetectable. The only down side to this concealer is the HEFTY price tag on it. A whopping $47CAD. FOR CONCEALER! but I promise, if you're desperate enough it's worth the splurge.

If your main problem is just finding a nice lightweight concealer to give enough coverage to hide only slight undereye discolouration there are a few different, more economical options.

The Sephora brand "Bright future gel" concealers are great.

They are lightweight, good coverage and actually contain a few ingredients to help brighten the skin. They retail for $17CAD.

My favourite drugstore options are both made by Maybelline.

The first being the Maybelline Age rewind concealer.

This stuff is so light weight that it tends to look ok even on the driest of days however, the coverage may not be enough if you have extremely dark circles.

My second drugstore option is the Maybelline Fit me concealer.

I had a love-hate relationship with this for a while because it did crease alot in the beginning. I started using this strictly as a highlight on my cheek bones and down my nose but could not get it to work under my eyes. Since using my eye cream the Fit me concealer works just fine once set with a powder.

Now, last but not least lets talk undereye setting powder.

I used to refer to setting powder as Satan's Dandruff (ok, not really but it sounds funny).
This step is unfortunately, a necessary evil if you want to avoid creasing. Again, without hydration you're going to hate this step as much as I did.

I have found one that works for me and it is the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.

It's extremely finely milled so it doesn't sit as heavy and leaves a silky feeling to the skin. The full sized one retails for $46CAD but they do offer a travel size which lasts me a few months for $27.

A drugstore option you can always try is the ELF under eye setting powder.

My friend Sam swears by this stuff and it does look nice on her! It has tiny reflectors to help brighten the under eye and is also very finely milled. However, for whatever reason my undereye just doesn't like it and becomes dry looking within minutes! I may give it another go in the future though because it only costs $3CAD. That price point alone is worth a few more attempts.

Thats it.

I know this post was long but I strongly believe there is no other way to fix problematic undereye areas without this combination of remedies. I still do have the odd dry undereye day but I can deal with that.

Thanks for reading!

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