I won’t lie. Coming up with an undereye concealing routine is probably one of the hardest makeup things I’ve had to do. Even when I have found a foundation that works well enough pretty much on its own, this seemingly small problem actually takes several products and some patience to solve. Of course there is a faster way or two of doing things, but I’ve found that the combination of a primer, a concealer, a brightener, and a powder achieves the best result. Check out the step-by-step of my unabridged undereye concealing routine!
First thing first: a primer. I have tried to use my foundation primers for the undereye area, but none of them worked out too well. For one reason or another, they all end up accentuating dryness. *Sisley Instant Perfect claims to reduce shine, smooth fine lines, and erase imperfections. The silicone-heavy formula does blur pores, but it offers no oil control. In general, I am not a big fan of silicone-heavy primers. However, one day I decided to try it in my undereye area, and I discovered it works well that way!
The formula “plumps up” the undereye area somehow, and it creates a smooth canvas. It helps concealer stay put and prevents it from looking dry and cakey. The small 20 ml tube goes for about 44 euros here. Since you only need a tiny little bit each time however, it should last a long, long time.
Next up, concealer. I am still on NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer (original review here). I wouldn’t call it a “holy grail” simply because it could sink into that “fine line” underneath my right eye, but with some help, it does work well.
You can see the shade seems “off” on my arm, but the peachiness is great for brightening up the undereye area!
For some extra brightening, here comes the iconic *YSL Touche Éclat. I have it in Luminous Ivory (N2). The line-up includes 12 shades, but it is not a concealer (I tried once just to see what would happen. It was not pretty!). It illuminates darker areas instead. I use it where the darkness under my eyes is the most pronounced (you will see it in the step-by-step), next to my nose, and in the corners of my mouth. I never thought I’d like it this much (I tried a similar product before. It didn’t work out), but it is now very much an integrated part of my makeup routine!
One of the best part about YSL Touche Éclat is that with one click, I have just enough product for all the areas I just mentioned. I don’t have to worry about wasting anything!
YSL Luminous Ivory (N2) Touche Éclat:
Last but not least, a little bit of powder with brightening properties goes a long way. I used to reach for Guerlain Crazy Météorites for this purpose, but I recently discovered Givenchy Poudre Première. I personally really need to set my concealer with powder (I have tried to go without. Again, it was not pretty!), but I need a non-drying and smoothing one. So far, Givenchy Poudre Première is the best for this purpose!
Now let’s see a step-by-step!
Step 1: bare undereye area
Step 2: Sisley Instant Perfect
Step 3: NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer
Step 4: dotting on some YSL Touche Éclat
Step 5: blending Touche Éclat in
Step 6: after some powder, we are done (you have seen the look here)!
The shortcut would only include the concealer and powder, but the unabridged routine exists for a reason! Also, I can see that the concealing isn’t as close to my lash line as it usually is, but I normally conceal before I put my eye makeup on. When I was getting the photos done, I did it the other way around, and I didn’t want to end up ruining my eyeliner.
Now tell me, what is your undereye concealing routine?