I’m all for streamlining my makeup bag and only carrying the products I know I’ll need (although I do like to have options when it comes to things like lipgloss), and I’ll never turn my back on a great multitasking product, like MAC Bare Study Paint Pot, which can work as a base or a standalone shadow, but when it comes to concealers? — I generally like to keep my bag stocked with two different shades, one a few shades lighter than my natural skin tone for concealing dark circles and for brightening my under-eye area, and a second shade that more closely matches my skin tone for covering up blemishes, small scars and discolorations on my face.
A lesson learned the hard way…
Back when I first started wearing concealer, I was all about keeping a streamlined makeup bag, so whenever I left the house, I’d bring just a single light concealer shade, which I used under my eyes, and wherever else I felt I needed to on my face.
Little did I know at the time, but the light shade I was using, which was a little lighter than parts of my cheeks, chin and forehead, was actually drawing more attention to my trouble spots, like a makeup spotlight.
A few department store concealers to try
Nowadays, I usually bring 2-3 concealer shades with me (usually two, but sometimes three). For my under-eye area, I’m back to using an old love of mine, MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer ($18).
That area up there under my eyes gets really dry, but Moisturecover couldn’t care less. It handles my dry under-eye area better than anything else. The medium-coverage formula also looks natural and doesn’t settle into my fine lines (yea!). The only downside, and it’s not a deal-breaker for me, is that I do have to reapply it after about eight hours of wear.
Most of the time I wear it in shade NW25, even though I’m color matched to NC42, because I think the peachy tones better counteract the purple tones under my eyes (especially when I’m dog tired, like today).
Speaking of Pro Longwear Concealer, I think it’s really great for my face in general. Being super concentrated, a little goes a long way, and it’s awfully stubborn, in a good way. In other words, it doesn’t budge.
It can, however, oxidize and darken over time, especially when applied to super oily skin, so when I’m having one of those bouts, I usually wear it in NC42 mixed with a slightly lighter shade.
A few more concealers to try…
Still looking for a great drugstore option…
I wish I could offer a great drugstore combination under-eye/face concealer to try, but I’m still looking for one that offers good coverage and comes in a wide range of colors. If you have any recommendations, please share! Let me know in the comments.
Lunch 2.0 Deluxe Professional Balsamic Tomato Edition!
Ok, so my lunch today? I think I may have mentioned this already, but I’ve been pretty jazzed about the kitchen lately, thanks to all of the cooking shows I’ve been watching at night, and I’ve been trying a few different things.
I’m not the most creative person when it comes to food (so often I eat just to get it out of the way), but in an effort to be kinder to my tum, I made this fried egg sandwich today with tomatoes, chives, mayo and salt and pepper on whole wheat toast, with a side of sliced black figs sprinkled with Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze.
That glaze?? I’m talkin’ BOMB. DOT. COM.
It’s a concentrated balsamic sauce you can sprinkle on just about anything — meats, fish, veggies, cheese, fruit (!) — whatever tickles your fancy.
It’s almost always sold out at my local TJ’s, but I grabbed two bottles when I spotted it the last time I went shopping (SCORE!).
The other day, I sliced up some fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil and sprinkled some of the glaze on top…
And even though it probably sounds kind of gross in theory, I tried it on sliced strawberries yesterday and almost passed out. A really delicious contrast of sweet and tangy.
Look for it next time you head to Trader Joe’s. They keep it next to the olive oil and spices at my local store.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you’re having a good day so far.