Correct before you conceal!

I have always struggled with under-eye circles, even from an early age because in my case, it’s hereditary. My mom has them and my grandma had them. There are creams out there that claim to erase those dark circles, but they are expensive and the cheaper creams that I have tried do not do anything. Looking good doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, it’s being resourceful and having the knowledge to fix your beauty dilemmas.

I didn’t know there was a difference between correctors and concealers till just recently and it has been life-changing to the way I do my makeup now. Concealers are aimed at hiding any blemishes, discoloration (sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, etc.), acne, and to brighten up the underneath of your eyes… but what about dark circles? Concealers aren’t enough, they will typically make your under eyes look washed out or gray and that ain’t pretty!

If you have slight and I mean slight discoloration, concealer will usually be enough on its own to hide anything you’re trying to conceal. But what about the girls like me who have blue, green, or purple under-eye circles? Or what about the girls who suffer from red under-eye circles? We need to correct these nuisance colors before we can conceal and brighten up our eyes! Here are some pictures to demonstrate what cream colored products you will need if your under eye circles fall under these categories:

(BLUE / BLUE-GREEN CIRCLES = PEACH/ORANGE PRODUCT)

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(PURPLE CIRCLES = YELLOW PRODUCT)

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(RED CIRCLES = GREEN PRODUCT)

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I’m going to focus on the more common type of under circle and that’s the range that I fall into, blue-green. If you shop at any drugstore you’ll easily find the green and yellow correctors. But what about the salmon, peach, or orange colored ones? Bobbi Brown and Eve Pearl  are two expensive makeup lines that make fabulous correcters, but they are priced at $22.00 to $32.00. YIKES!

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil: Almond

Price: $4.49

Where to buy? NYX ; Ulta

I have a less expensive alternative and guess what? It’s not labeled as a correcter, it’s a NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil! Yeah ladies, that’s right! The color Almond is the perfect peach that color corrects, so say good bye to your under-eye circles .

How to use – After putting on your foundation, apply the pencil gently and directly underneath your eye. Wherever there’s discoloration, apply that pencil girl! Take your ring finger (since it has the least amount of pressure) and pat the product until it is blended out. Never rub your corrector or concealer because you want the product to be concentrated in that area, thus having more coverage. That’s what we’re after right? After applying the pencil, use your favorite concealer. I recommend using a concealer slightly lighter than your foundation because you want  the underneath of your eyes to be bright. How do you think Kim Kardashian gets that amazing glow and lifted cheek bone effect?

As always, I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below and follow!

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Eye primers and bases.

Eye primers are intended to make your eyeshadow more vibrant (meaning the colors will intensify) and last longer! If you don’t believe me, I’ve got pictures to prove it! It’s amazing what a primer or base can do for your eyeshadows… especially the less pigmented ones (which are typically the drugstore kind). Just think of it as painting a wall in your house, you need a  base or ‘primer’ to make your actual paint stand out.

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve done your eye makeup and a few hours later… yuck! Your eyeshadow has lines and your skin is now visible again? This is called creasing and it is not pretty! The oils in our faces can break apart the makeup we put on it unless we use a primer to prevent streaking, spotting, or fading. Typically, eyeshadow will do this in the crease of your eye (wherever your eye folds)… hence the term ‘creasing’ haha. Some people don’t have a crease, that’s another blog another day. Any ways, see why primers are necessary now? Don’t worry though… you do NOT need to spend a fortune on a primer. Just because the word ‘primer’ sounds fancy, does not mean it needs to be expensive. 

Urban Decay: EyeShadow Primer Potion

Price: $20.00

Where to buy? Urban Decay ; Sephora ; Ulta ; E-bay

As you can see these primers come in 4 different colors, I have the Original formula that dries clear. If you’re needing coverage, the color Eden has a matte nude finish. So for you, that means if you have any discoloration, veins, etc. it will cover it like a concealer. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Urban Decay primers, but they’re tricky to work with at first. The product is not bad in and of itself, it’s how you apply it that sucks haha. I hate being particular about something, so I prefer makeup that’s effortless.

How to apply – This works best on its own (meaning do not put
foundation or concealer on your eyelids). I usually do a full face of foundation (even on my eyelids) and I defeat the purpose of using this primer because it just makes it crease. You should only use a tiny morsel of this product because too much of it can be a bad thing. They have this same primer in ‘bottles’  also, but you will get more product in these squeeze tubes… plus it’s more sanitary! Just put a small dot of it on the tip of your finger and rub the product in.

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Elf: Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

Price: $3.00

Where to buy? Elf ; Target

You can’t beat the price for this product, I think it works just as good as the Urban Decay primer… if not better! This comes in 2 colors, Sheer (which I have) and Blush. Sheer has a matte nude finish to it, so just like the UD Primer in Eden… if you have any veins or discoloration, this will give your eye a wash of color and even it out. Blush has a more cool pink tone to it, so if you have cool colored skin (more on the pink/red side) this would work best for you.

How to apply – It has a felt tip applicator which you can apply directly to your eyelid. However. if you are concerned about germs you could always touch the tip of the applicator with a CLEAN finger and rub it onto your eyelid instead. If you’re wanting to use a brush (for whatever reason) apply the product to the back of your hand and take your favorite brush and applicate from there.

**PRIMER TIP # 1** With any primer or base, you only need a thin layer of the product to have it work. Don’t get primer happy! LOL!

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MAC Paint Pot

Price: $17.50

Where to buy? MAC  ; Macy’s  ; E-bay

This comes in 9 different shades. I have mine in the color Painterly, it’s a matte nude color.  Although the price for this product can seem frightening, you really do get what you pay for. It’s 0.17 fl oz of product, so this sucker will last you quite awhile. I’ve had mine for almost over a year and I’m not even half way through it. By the time you keep replacing cheapy primers, you’re going to be spending the same amount of money and not get as good of quality. This is my absolute favorite primer because your eyeshadow will not even budge!

How to apply – With CLEAN fingers, gently rub the product until enough transfers onto your finger so that you can apply it to your eye. The heat from your fingers will make it easier to pick up the product. You can use a brush if you prefer, but I like using my fingers. Brushes will allow you to have better control over the product (where it is being placed) and it is more sanitary.

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Maybelline: Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Price: $6.99

Where to buy? Ulta ; any drugstore

These come in 10 different colors. I have mine in Audacious Asphalt (it’s a dark shimmery gray). These cream shadows are said to be compared to the MAC Paint Pots because they are so long-lasting. This girl right here can agree to that! I love these and they are way less expensive too!

How to apply – Unless you get this in the color white, this eyeshadow primer should only be applied to the lid of your eye. If you want a more sheer (very little color) application, continue rubbing the product until it lightens to your liking. This product is really creamy like the MAC Paint Pot, so it’s your choice in whether you want to apply this with a clean finger or a good blending brush like the MAC 217 Blending Brush.

**PRIMER TIP #2** Just because most primers come in nude colors (flesh tone of a white female) does not mean they’re  limited to just them. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is unless you’re wearing a very natural eye to where your eyeshadow won’t really cover the primer. It should not be noticeable that you are wearing the primer in other words… It’s just there to help, not to stand out.

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MAC 217 Blending Brush

Price: $22.50

Where to buy? MAC  ; Macy’s  ; E-bay

Although I hate the price… nothing compares to how great it makes your eyeshadow look! It’s an investment :]!

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Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (Brown Eyes)

Price: $10.99

Where to buy? Ulta ; any drugstore

Okay, so I don’t have brown eyes… but I love the colors in this little trio. I would say the price sucks, but you are getting 3 different gel eyeliners. If you’re not brave when it comes to wearing bright-colored eyeliners, use the liner as a base for your shadows! I don’t care to wear crazy colors, but the purple for example would be beautiful to create that purplely undertone to your shadow. I applied a black eyeshadow on top of it and it gave it a little somethin’ somethin’ ;]!

How to apply – Since this is a gel creamliner, it is extremely concentrated in color so you only need a little. The pots to these liners are small, so you’re going to need a q-tip or brush to retrieve the product.

**PRIMER TIP # 3**  When using your fingers to apply primer, try using your ring finger instead of your index. It it said that it is the most ‘gentle’. Our eyes are sensitive, so don’t be rough with them!

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Elf Essential Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil 

Price: $1.00

Where to buy? Elf ; Target

Creamy and affordable pretty much sums up this eyeliner. When you’re working with an eyeliner as your ‘eye base’ you need something creamy that isn’t going to pull on your eyelids. You are going to hurt yourself and cause unwanted wrinkles overtime from all of the extra tugging if you do not use a creamy formula. A bonus to this affordable eyeliner is that the cap has a sharpener on it. Ha, talk about convenient!

How to apply – You can apply this baby directly to your eye, just be gentle and color in like you would with a crayon. If you want a sheer application, just take a clean finger or blending brush to soften it.

**PRIMER TIP # 4** Always let the primer sit for a good 30 seconds before you start applying the eyeshadow, otherwise it can look cakey (spotted) in some areas and not good!

Down below are swatches of the products I listed and what they look like with that particular primer. I used the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in the Amethyst Smokes and their black color in the palette for the example, enjoy!!!

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