What’s your current technique to apply concealer underneath your eye?

I apply a dab (I usually use liquid) of the product in the under eye area but more toward the top of my cheek bone, and then I use a synthetic foundation brush to diffuse and buff most of it out. I go back in with either a dampened sponge or a small, fluffy synthetic brush to diffuse and bring up the product toward my lower lash line. I’ll then use a small, flat brush to pat translucent powder over–not really baking but a bit more than a dusting–and use a large, fluffier brush to diffuse any excess away.

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I apply a small dab in the most sunken part of my undereye circles, then blend in stippling motions with a Sephora #57 concealer brush. I go back and blend the edge with my foundation brush.

I apply Tarte CC Corrector under my eyes with my ring finger, then apply a dab of Maybelline Better Skin Concealer on the darkest part of my under eye circle and blend with my ring finger again. I find the warmth of my finger really helps melt concealer into my skin.

I put a little dot of Lancôme Effacernes on my ring finger, then dab it under my eye and tap it around lightly until it’s blended. A little goes a long way with this formula. I’ve tried different brushes, but my finger works best for my aging under eye area.

Prep is important for me. I have to ensure adequate hydration. It’s a balance. Too much and my concealer breaks down and too little and fine lines are emphasized.

I’m a big fan of the Giorgio Armani concealer. I put a bit of concealer on the back of my hand with the wand and go in with a synthetic e/s brush. I like MAC 221 as 217 is too broad for my u/e area and I tap in product in problem areas and then diffuse the entire area with the brush. I do not need to set this concealer. This is sufficient for light makeup. I do not like to perfect the area for casual wear as I think it looks odd.

For days when I am wearing more makeup, I will add an additional step and go in my trouble areas with NARS soft matte directly from pot to brush (same brush) and buff. I set with a Laura Geller baked balance n brighten with a Zoeva brush of which I can no longer see the number (it’s an h/l style brush)

Which Armani concealer if you don’t mind me asking? I liked a few samples that didn’t need to be set with powders but I forget which since the line expanded (and I haven’t visited an Armani counter in ages).

Thank you Wednesday! You saved me a trip to a counter which I appreciate so much bc that lighting is unforgiving and my winter skin is dry / aging. I’ve burned out on IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer & Bye Bye Foundation.

First I use my peach color corrector which matches my skin quite nicely and diffuses, but still corrects, so it doesn’t look wonky. I use the UD Naked Peach Corrector. I put one dot on the outer corner and a small line on the inner (just where my crazy dark circles are) and pat that with the pad of my finger. Then I’ll do another small line and just dot a small amount of CP Hyaluronic concealer (the stuff is very pigmented so I just need a smidge) to bring a bit of brightness back. I tap with my finger and if I accidentally got too much I’ll bring in a beauty blender to distribute/suck up the excess. I use a somewhat large fluffy tapered brush to get a small amount of powder and just lightly tap to set my concealer in place.

My current concealer is MAC Prolongwear. I press the pump to get as little product as possible on my left index finger, use that finger to dab a layer under both eyes, let is sit (to dry and get more tacky) for a couple of seconds while I apply my foundation, than I blend the concealer well under eye with patting motions. I finish everything with a setting pressed powder.

Sounds familiar ^^^
I apply it with the applicator to undereye in 3 generous sized dots. Then I go in with my beauty sponge to tap it into place, plus sweep it upwards one the outer edge of my eyeshadow to give that a crisp, clean edge. Followed by dusting on some RCMA No Color Powder with a soft brush over the area to set it.

I have very very dark circles in the inner corner of my eyes, sinus problems. So Becca Undereye Brightener across the whole undereye. Dab concealer and use a slightly damp micro beauty blender to blend out from the inner corner of eye out. I make sure my eyes are well moisturised before I start.

I went to sephora and Becca rep happened to be there. I also have really dark eye circles. She put the brightening, then the light concealer and a dab of the medium concealer in the darkest area. I use my finger to apply. I then take the excess away with a dry blender and use a light powder with a large powder brush.

I make sure my under eye area is well hydrated and I use an under eye primer.
The under eye brightener by Becca or sometimes the bottomless tub of Tatcha primer. I use Lancome Effacernes in the lightest shade. It comes in a squeeze tube which I really like since I have better control of how much product I use. It is also more sanitary. I put a very small amount onto the back of my hand and allow it to warm up on my skin. I will use either a brush or my finger and place the concealer into the darkest part of my under eye dark circles, avoiding the bags. I let it set for a bit to dry down just a hair and then I pat it out with either a brush or my fingers. I get the same result either way so doesn’t matter which tool I use although if time isn’t an issue, I usually use a brush and it is a very small, flat shader. After applying I again let it set for a bit and then I powder with one of the million powders that I collect like they are going to run out of super fine finishing powder tomorrow. I don’t have a problem with under eye creasing, for some bizarre reason but I can get by with just a minimal powder. I use to use the RCMA No Color powder but after awhile, it seemed to dry out my skin so now I use either my Cover FX or the Bye Bye Pores powder.

After first putting my Olay line filler and primer I also use a yellow corrector to offset the dark circles. Then after applying my foundation I apply my Mac Studio Finish concealer with a very small synthetic brush, if that doesn’t quite cover everything I will dot my Cle de Peau concealer over top with a beauty blender and that always does the trick. Then Laura Mercier Under Eye Brightening Powder and that usually does it for the day.

I’m looking for advice! My large, prominent eyes have developed bags at the bottom of my eye sockets, just above the top of my cheeks. They are not very big but are noticeably a reddish-purple color. Decades of concealer know-how flew out the window. What, if anything, can I use to limit the discoloring? The peach corrector followed by neutral concealer I use elsewhere around the eyes just highlights the bags.

Does anything that’s a quick fix help with the swelling: spoons kept in the freezer or tiny gel eye packs from the drug store kept in the freezer, various types of tea bags once they aren’t hot (but some warmth can be soothing), a facial roller kept in the fridge?
I like to apply eye treatments and creams with a polished piece of hematite for circulation and to reduce inflammation. Any major darkness, discoloration and swelling/inflammation is often a sign that our livers need more support bc they’re taxed… Not to be a bummer. : )

Is it possible that the peach color corrector or your concealer are too light or the wrong formulation for your skin now? Sometimes we need to go quite a bit darker than our foundation shade to cover the discoloration.

Hi V,
Thank you. You went above and beyond in suggestions!
I should have mentioned I’m 64. Visible signs of aging are irritating (esp. when you allow yourself to fixate on a specific area!). But the wisdom, comfort of knowing yourself and feeling so intuitive outweighs the physical aspects.
But I digress. Going to try several of your tips; just need to know a good source for healing forms hematite. One site said the color should be reddish-brown, not black. Should I buy in person? I live in alternative central (Bay Area) so an honest store should be doable.
Thanks again!
Lucinda

I dab or sweep my Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch concealer directly onto my undereye circles with the included doe-foot and blend it over the entire circle with my ring finger.

Prep with eye cream. (Elemis at the moment). Apply a modest amount of pink/peach tone about a shade lighter than face throughout under eye area. Let that set for a min. Take an even lighter concealer (about 2-3 shades) to the very inner corner under eye to draw or push that out further. ( you know, that small triangular darkest area under the eye). Wait till that dries down, sets. Then set with a fine talc free powder. (Cover fx perfect is my fav).

I have yet to perfect my all arounf eye concealer. My inner 1/3 corners are a bit dark as are my upper lids. I find all these suggestions helpful. Experimenting I go!

Sigh.
My under eye area has gotten to be quite problematic as I have aged. Not only the expected fine lines but my undereye “tear trough” has become even more sunken. This creates a shadow that exaggerates my dark circles. Thus my under eye regimen has gotten quite & elaborate complicated and is as follows:
1) Catrice Liquid Camouflage Under Eye Primer – This stuff is amazing. Hydrates, plumps, smooths, prevents creasing, and prolongs the wear of concealer on my under eye area. I have tried similar products by Smashbox & Becca but the much cheaper Catrice product beats them
2) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in shade “Neutralizer” – a long name for such an easy product to use. A peachy yellow that instantly neutralizes gray or purplish discoloration.
3) IT Cosmetics Bye Bye UndereyeConcealer- warmed lightly and patted over the above 2 layers with my ring finger.
4) By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder in shade “Rosy Light”- lightly dusted over the above 3 layers, does not dry my under eye area, blurs fine lines, sets, & brightens.

I’m having that same issue, now. I’m using really good moisturizing prep and then I recently acquired Hourglass’s new concealer that surprised me.. I like it a lot. You don’t need much-and it has a lovely smooth finish under/around the eye. I actually prefer using this or the GA Power Fabric concealer in some spots, and the Chanel pinkish color corrector concealer in between my eyes where that sunken in area is the worst. Then I also use the By Terry gorgeous light powder in “Rosy Light”. It’s a great combination.
Laura

Really? Product in the same color in step 2 works well for you? I have sensitive dry skin that’s tedious to prep, especially when a lil’ neglected, when I haven’t used exfoliating treatments regularly or removed hair like a newborn baby. I purchased and opened Age Rewind this week then tried it out… It made me feel like a zombie-mummy-creature. It dried as it hit skin! I felt like I was wearing sfx aging makeup. After I pressed an oil in it was less painful to look at from far away.

I used a Mally eye primer (idk why) over a Perricone product + Tatcha luminous dewy skin night concentrate.

I immediately went back to IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in med. neutral. *I’m fair or light in their coverage products. Fascinating how it works for ppl I know. Maybe I need to drink hyaluronic acid and get that micro droplet HA + gold injected alllll over. 😣

I have fairly dark circles and spots on the outside corner of my eyes from persistent sinus/headache issues. I have pretty dry skin so I will put on an eye cream, then squeeze a bit of the IT Bye Bye Undereye in a tube onto my finger. I’ll warm it up with fingers, dab it on, and blend with a sponge. I havent tried many other concealers or tried layering concealers but what I’m doing works really well, especially after a very long work schedule at the hospital.

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