Brushes from the left: Laura Mercier Blending Brush, MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, MAC 217 Blending Brush, Sonia Kashuk Crease brush
Under-eye concealer has been on my mind, and under my eyes, a little more than usual lately because I haven’t been getting enough sleep (lots of late-night reading), so I’ve been carrying around some of my favorite concealers and concealer brushes wherever I go.
MAC Eyeshadow X 2 in Marche Aux Puces and MAC Fluidline in Dark Diversion on my eyes; MAC Powder Blush in Supercontinental on my cheeks (all are products from the new Styleseeker collection)
A few of my favorite brushes for concealer
Sometimes, I’ll grab a dense, stubby crease brush. Sonia Kashuk made a limited edition one that I still use and love, but I also like her Large Crease Brush, which is still available and only $5.99.
MAC Mattene Lipstick in Delectable and MAC Lipglass in C-Thru on my lips (also from the Styleseeker collection); Illamasqua Rubber Brights Nail Polish in Serenity on my nails; the ring is from an old bottle of Avril Lavigne Black Star perfume (!)
A big factor for me is the shape. I like a smaller brush head that fits snugly into the nook under my eyes, so I can really get into the corners and just beneath the lash line, but a fluffy brush head can also come in handy, by evenly distributing product without leaving streaks behind.
Now, how do I use these brushes? Well, if the concealer comes with a doe-foot applicator like MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer, I’ll apply the product beneath my eyes with it, and then use one of my regular makeup brushes, the ones I mentioned above, to buff and blend the product into my skin. Then, using a clean finger, I’ll gently pat it down, so that it doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of the skin.
Alternately, when a concealer comes in a squeeze tube, I’ll apply a small amount to the back of my hand, and then pick that up with one of the brushes. And if the concealer comes in a jar, I’ll usually just swipe the brush across the pot.
Of course, all of this depends on how much time I have. I’m not above using my fingers when I’m really pressed for time, but I definitely prefer to use a brush, because I feel like the application looks more natural to me.
How about you? What do you use to apply concealer?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,