Ooh! I picked up a great makeup trick last week from Courtney, a makeup artist/MBB reader/self-professed crazy cat lady at the Laura Mercier counter inside Saks in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Here’s the deal: I asked Court if she could recommend any secret weapons from Laura Mercier’s line — awesome products that maybe a lot of people didn’t know about — and she pulled out Laura’s Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum.
This stuff is bright and tight. It contains green and white tea, arnica extract, caffeine and geranium to tighten skin and has a brightening pearlescent pink color.
Courtney’s trick? She uses it on herself and her clients as something of a primer for under-eye concealer.
Pat a minuscule amount — just a smidgen — beneath your eyes before concealer, let that sink in for a minute or two, and then apply your regular concealer on top.
BAM! It’s like P90X for concealer. You should see fewer concealer creases, all-day wear time and a lighter look from your concealer overall.
BEAUTY FUN FACT: according to Courtney, Laura Mercier uses Shu Uemura technology in all of their skin care.
Courtney said that a bunch of the makeup artists at Saks use the serum this way as a primer for concealers, and it doesn’t just work with Laura’s line. They also do it with concealers from other brands.
I’ve been using a sample of Laura Mercier’s Repair Eye Serum for the past few days, and I have to say, IT WORKS! But here’s the thing: you have to use the absolute smallest amount, which is great, since a 0.5-ounce bottle costs $80.
It is expensive, but if you only use a minuscule amount, the bottle (which has a pump) should last a really long time.
If you’re ever near Saks in San Francisco and want to learn more about Laura Mercier, stop by the counter and ask for Court, or call her at (415) 438-5368 to make an appointment beforehand. She’s fun, helpful and loves talking shop about makeup and cats (ask her about her kitties, Oreo and Dubbee).
I love secret-squirrel makeup tricks like these. Do you have any concealer tricks you’d care to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,