We doubt we have to point out the many benefits of eye cream. We all know it’s an essential part of our anti-aging skin-care regimen. And if we tried to convince you to give up your coveted under-eye concealer, you’d likely think we were nuts for even suggesting such an absurd request. However, sometimes wearing the two together-eye cream and concealer-can accentuate fine lines and end up looking cakey.
“Priming the eye correctly, to prevent concealer from cracking, involves knowing your skin type and what its tendencies are,” explains celebrity makeup artist Nicole Bryl of Make-Up New York. “If you are oily, don’t use a thick, oil-laden cream, which will only give extra slip to your makeup. If you’re dry, use something more hydrating so your makeup doesn’t crack. Always let your under-eye cream seep in for about 90 seconds before putting concealer on.” Using concealer as the last step of makeup will give your eye cream ample time to absorb and help clean up any fall out.
After prepping the eye area, reach for a weightless concealer since anything that’s heavy may cake. Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer, ($18) blends away dark circles, puffiness and other eye concerns sans highlighting lines and wrinkles thanks to light-reflecting pearls and good-for-your-skin ingredients.
When time is of the essence and you can’t wait for creams to soak in properly before putting on your makeup, choose something like Armani Beauty High Precision Retouch Concealer Stick ($36) which offers the benefit of both a concealer and eye cream in one.
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