I wonder, does anybody ever just say peace-the-eff-out to under-eye concealer?
OK, peeps…deep makeup thoughts right now, because if I don’t distract myself this morning, I’m going to sit here thinking about the three hairline cracks I just found on my iPhone screen, in which case I risk becoming stuck with a permanent crabby Filipino grandma frown for the rest of my life.
*SIGH!* In 10 years that $169 screen repair fee (OY VEY) won’t matter, Karen. 🙁 It won’t matter. Just keep telling yourself that…
So, concealer. Mine has been giving me major trubs lately, and I’m starting to think that not wearing it anymore might be a viable option.
Is that crazy? I’m almost at the point where I’d rather look a little tired than have to contend with my under-eye area looking crêpe-y, heavy and straight-up dire. My once trusty combo of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer and NARS Translucent Crystal Pressed Powder is doing nothing for me now.
And I’ve tried all my usual tricks to fix it — a different eye cream, blotting my skin before applying makeup, different primers, mixing in a couple drops of oil, couple drops of an illuminator — nothing has worked. The area just looks thick and heavy.
Hmm… Now that I think about it, it could be because I’ve been wearing minimal base makeup lately, and the full-coverage under-eye concealer effect is contrasting too much with my tinted moisturizer.
That, or the universe just hates me, ha ha! Freakin’ beauty gods and their HIL-AR-I-OUS sense of humor…
I wonder if I should just completely stop wearing under-eye concealer. A few makeup artists have told me that my dark circles really aren’t that bad in the grand scheme of things. Maybe the intense darkness I see in the mirror is all in my head? I am my toughest critic. I recognize that.
My plan is to dip my toe in the water, so to speak, with some tinted moisturizer this weekend. I’m not ready to quit concealing cold turkey, but I’m going to try blending some tinted moisturizer up into those inner corners instead of concealer, wear that around for a bit, and try not to scare any small children. We’ll see how I feel by Sunday night.
Anyway, has this thought ever crossed your mind? Have you ever thought about quitting concealer? Or have you quit it already?
Saturday Surfing: Interesting tidbits I came across this week
- This is what makeup packaging looked like in ancient Egypt.
- Despite its name, “dragon’s blood,” a trendy skin-care ingredient being lauded for its healing and calming properties, isn’t derived from actual, ya know, dragons. It comes from trees! — tree sap, to be precise.
- Take a peek behind the curtain at the creative process of makeup artist Peter Philips, creative and image director for Christian Dior Beauty (and former creative director for Chanel), and how he puts together fantasy-themed makeup looks for the couture runway.
- Here are the products hair stylists recommend for doing at-home color.
Hunter Harris, the author of this piece, firmly believes that more movies should portray teenage girls with skin that looks like real skin — pimples and all — and I agree. From the post:
“It feels important, then, that in the age of Glossier, the last year has presented two adolescent heroines whose skin isn’t pristine. In Eighth Grade, out this week, and last year’s Lady Bird, we get to see two misfits whose skin looks like the skin of someone actually in high school…Lady Bird’s cheeks, pockmarked with pimples, were the first thing I noticed about Lady Bird when I saw it. In that first scene, mother and daughter are in the car, driving home from a college visit, when a familiar fight erupts: Is everything her parents have worked to provide her wasted on her? Lady Bird rolls her eyes and looks out the window. You can see, ever so slightly, a constellation of brownish spots imperfectly masked with cover-up. I thought it was a mistake at first, but there they were in every scene: This was a real girl, with skin like mine.”
This October 20th and 21st in Los Angeles, Sephora will be hosting its first-ever interactive beauty event — SEPHORiA. It’ll be two days of immersive, interactive physical and digital experiences and activities (along with plenty o’ products, obvs).
You So-Cal girls and guys are so lucky. Frankly, I’m shocked that they didn’t want to host it in Novato! Ha ha ha.
- If your mom tells you that at 10 years old you’re too young to wear press-on stiletto nails, here is your solution.
Thinking about buying a designer knockoff? Maysa Razavi, an attorney with the International Trademark Association, says that bargain hunters may not realize that they could be funding organized crime, and that “…the same people who are counterfeiting are involved in human trafficking and terrorism.”
Side note: I just re-watched the Sex and the City episode where the girls go to Los Angeles for vacation, and Samantha and Carrie go to “The Valley” to buy a fake Fendi bag.
- The author of this piece celebrates her wrinkles: “I’ve raised three children, run two marathons, maintained a career more than three decades, collected a beautiful group of friends and now have the pleasure of enjoying five fabulous, fantastic grandchildren. It’s been a wonderful life, and I’ve got the wrinkles to prove it.”
This is my friend Shannon’s band… And her lips in so many fun colors!
If all my upper division science classes were set to rap music, I’d probably have a PhD in chemistry right now.
I’m anxiously waiting for the day when accordions make their way into popular music.
What are you doing this weekend? We opted against camping for now, but maybe a little later in the season. We literally don’t have any gear at all — no tents, sleeping bags, camp stoves, nothing. So, have to figure out what kind of camping we want to do first.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,