Concealing Dark Circles & Blemishes
I rarely go a day without using some sort of concealer. Even if I don't have any blemishes, I still have a little redness to cover and undereye dark circles.
If I don't cover my dark circles, then I just look exhausted so a little concealer never goes amiss. I've used a lot of concealers over the years and I'm yet to find my holy grail of undereye concealing but the ones I'm currently using do a decent job. For days when I have little time to do my makeup or if I'm just having a lazy day then I'll use the Gosh Click N Conceal in light - a yellow toned concealer in a click pen style tube. A few clicks is enough to cover both undereyes, with the light texture blending well. Like a lot of concealers I've tried, this doesn't feel cakey but I find the area looks dry by the end of the day. On some days, I find its not enough coverage so I'll follow with the Nip & Fab CC Eye Fix in light - an apricot toned concealer. It applies darker than you'd expect but somehow blends out lighter. It offers slightly more coverage than the Gosh concealer and feels more moisturising. As my undereye area is quite dry, I always apply a good eye cream before makeup. If I have time, I like to use MAC's Strobe Cream mixed with E.L.F's Eye Brightener *. Strobe cream really brightens and refreshes my eye area - mixed with e.l.f's brightener, it adds colour to conceal those dark circles. The eye brightener is a powder product so mixing it also makes it creamy and easier to blend. For extra brightening, I'll apply Rimmel's ScandalEyes Liner in nude to just under my waterline and blend in, which really gives my eyes a little extra boost in the 'looking more awake' department.
In the beauty blogging world, the most hyped concealer is no doubt the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I've been pretty loyal to it over the past year or two. It conceals and blends beautifully, without looking cakey or oxidising. Most importantly it lasts all day and its a snip at just over £4. The only downside is of course the packaging as the writing rubs off so easily,a little annoying but I cant grumble too much as its so cheap. Now this covers most blemishes but now and again I'll get a whopper which needs something more. In that case, out comes the Becca Dual Coverage Concealer - a compact with one shade of concealer in two 'strengths': medium and extra coverage. I've only used the medium coverage so far as generally its enough but it gives more coverage than the collection concealer. This pan will cover any blemish and has saved me a few times from having a meltdown over my skin. Its blendable and lasts all day, which is exactly what I need. Shade wise its perfect and no doubt I'll repurchase it after I run out.
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