PREPARING THE FACE FOR MAKEUP

Correctors brighten the darkest areas under your eyes, allowing concealers to both lighten and blend. Concealers should blend into your skin, lightening dark circles and instantly making you look better.

Concealers are the secret of the universe. While concealers are available that cover tattoos, spots, blemishes, scars, redness, and bruises, most people use a concealer to lighten dark circles under the eyes. Different concealers and correctors are formulated for each specific use. Pick a concealer and, when needed, a corrector designed for each of your problem areas. Under-eye concealers are not formulated for use on blemishes or areas of redness. They are creamier in consistency and lighter than the skin tone. Using under-eye concealer on areas of redness will only highlight the imperfections. Yellow-toned foundation that matches the skin tone is the best way to adequately cover blemishes, scars, and tattoos. The application of under-eye concealer is the most important step in any makeup routine. Concealer is the one product that, when chosen and applied correctly, can instantly lift and brighten the face. Choose a color one to two shades lighter than the foundation. The skin under the eye is very thin, so the blue of the fine veins just under the surface tend to show through. A light yellow-toned concealer masks this blue discoloration and brightens the skin. For those with alabaster skin, a porcelain-toned concealer will work. Sometimes a stick foundation one or two shades lighter than the face can serve as an under-eye concealer for those who need very little coverage. Correctors are available for extreme under-eye darkness. When a regular concealer cannot fully lighten the under-eye area, a peach or pink corrector is used to counter the purple or green tone. A regular yellow-toned concealer is usually lightly layered over the corrector to lighten the under-eye area. Occasionally, those with extremely deep purple or green coloration under the eye will not need the layer of regular concealer.

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Some women need between two and four colors that can be mixed and blended to accommodate changes in skin tone under the eye, which can vary with the time of day, amount of rest, and hormones. Sometimes a corrector is enough to solve the under-eye problem. Rules should be followed, but there should be flexibility for what works where. Sometimes something as bold as a bright pink or peach cream blush will work for very intense darkness.

CHOOSING CORRECTOR COLOR

Correctors are for extreme under-eye darkness. If your skin is pale, choose the lightest colors, beginning with bisque or light pink. For deeper skin tones, choose peach or darker peach.

Pink 1

1Begin with a clean face.

2 Apply corrector beginning at the inner corner of the eye and continue underneath close to the lashes, where there is darkness.

3 Gently blend by pressing with your fingers.

4 The corrector is complete on the right.

Peach

1 Begin with a clean face.

2 Apply corrector at the innermost corner of the eye and underneath to cover the darkest areas. Apply corrector generously, making sure there is enough to block the darkness.

3 Gently blend and tap with your fingers.

4 The corrector is complete on the right.

Darker

Peach

1 Begin with a clean face.

2 Begin at the innermost corner of each eye. This is the deepest, darkest area of the face, so apply the corrector densely.

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3 Blend with your finger and press the corrector into the skin. Never rub or drag your finger across the skin.

4 The corrector is complete.

CORRECTOR APPLICATION for ASIAN EYES Even if you don’t have a lot of darkness corrector still brightens the eyes.

1 Begin with a clean face. Note the darkness is not severe.

2 Cover the entire area with corrector.

3 Gently blend with your fingers.

4 Note the difference even when the darkness is subtle.

CORRECTOR BRIGHTENS Corrector can be pink or peach toned. Make sure it is applied up to the lashes and in the inner corner space between the eye and the bridge of the nose.

1 Determine whether corrector is needed to counteract deep purple or green coloration under the eye.

3 Apply corrector to all areas of darkness.

4 Gently press the corrector into the skin with your fingers. Troubleshooting: Corrector or Concealer If it creases Using enough powder applied correctly is key. If you skimp, it will end up creasing. If it’s cakey The ratio of eye cream to concealer is off. If it’s too light Use an extremely light dusting of light bronzing powder to warm up the area. If it’s not bright enough or if it’s too dark Try to add a bit of fast-absorbing eye cream, then repeat corrector and concealer. If the eye makeup transfers to the concealer Use eye makeup remover, a cotton swab, or a sponge and remove all under-eye product. Start over with eye cream, and let it absorb before applying other eye makeup. Clean brush between corrector and concealer steps.

CONCEALER LIGHTENS

Concealer should be one or two shades lighter than your foundation and yellow in tone to blend as it lightens. Apply after corrector in most cases.

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1 Apply concealer generously under the eyes starting at the recessed area at the innermost corner of each eye.

2 Cover the entire area below the lower lash line to cover any darkness or redness.

3 To blend the concealer, gently warm it between your fingers and then press it into the skin.

4 Set the concealer in place with a sheer loose powder.

POWDER SETS CONCEALER

Most women can use a yellow-toned, loose powder, but those with extremely fair skin may need a white-toned powder.

1 Using a brush that fits in the corner of the eye, dust the powder onto the skin.

2 Brush the powder across the under-eye and sweep off any excess with the brush.

3 Sweep the powder across the eyelid.

4 Apply the powder under the brow bone. Repeat two times if necessary.

FOUNDATION

Beauty starts with great skin. The right foundation will make you look like you’re not wearing any foundation at all. You’ll just have even-toned, great-looking skin. The reason we wear foundation is to even out our skin tone and texture. When applied correctly, the result is skin that looks clear and smooth. But, what is most important is that the skin look better than it did without foundation. Some women shy away from foundation because they associate it with thick pancake makeup that sometimes looks like a mask.

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