Crepey under eyes...primer rec?

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I have a very sensitive, dark, and crepey under eye area. I'm going on a job interview next week, and I'm looking for something that will hide the crepiness and not upset my sensitive skin. Does anyone have a recommendation?

Thanks
I say skip the concealor. It never actually conceals anyway. And it only makes crepe-i-ness more noticable. Highlighting the inner corner of the eyes seems to brighten the eyes better than concealor.
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ITA with RCW, concealor will likely jsut make it look worse.

Invest in a good eye cream and it might help, but the concealor will just make it more noticeable, IMO
I use concealer under my eyes BC they're dark and sunken. But it does make wrinkles appear more noticeable, so I dab some eye cream lightly after I conceal.

I don't use powder. And primers seem to make it worse.



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Great. Another thing I can't do anything about.

I can't go without concealer, because I have some sort of serious problem. I never had dark circles in my life (or even a sign of them) until after I had braces off and started meds, so I know it is one of those two things because they are BAD. They went from absolutely NOTHING...no color, no indentation, to the worst you've ever seen in your life.

Anyway, I guess I should feel glad that I don't have *wrinkles* there per say, just crepiness. My whole face is kind of crepey, and it is almost like I've been like that forever. I was white as a sheet as a child, so that may have been a contributor.
Bare Escentuals under eye rever upper works. It has tiny reflectors in it that brightens your eyes and moisturizes. Once your eyes are moisturized, they won't look as dark. Then you apply a lightweight concealer.

but dont apply it to all of the dark circle, but the ring. Thats actually is what makes your circles look dark.
I highly recommend a corrector. If you have dark spots, you need those problem areas to be brightened. I really love Make-Up Designory's Deep Brown Corrector. I am African-American, so my skin is kind of on the deep-end. A lot of Black or Brown (Indian, Hispanic, etc.) women suffer from dark pigmentation on areas such as the forehead, sides of the nostrils and the corners of their mouth. The Deep Brown Corrector is a bright red-orange color and works beautifully. I use it by wetting a sponge and then dabbing the product on my problem areas. The I dab on my foundation with a Beauty Blender.

If you do not have dark skin, you can try the other colors. I highly recommend it though. They work wonderfully.
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Also, I highly recommend highlighting as well.

I do this after applying the foundation (the previously stated steps that I posted above). Get a foundation that is a shade lighter than you or a concealer. From the part of your nose that meets the corner of your eyes, you drag the concealer down to the sides of your nostrils (do this with a tiny brush). Then you drag the concealer all the way up, diagonally. It shoulder stop a little below your eyebrows. It should form a triangle. You're going to color this area in completely. Your face is going to look a bit crazy, but bear with me. Dab the area with a beauty blender until you blended the harsh lines. It should be lighter than the rest of your face, but not tooo light.



Set with powder. I use Ben Nye's Banana and then do your eyes or something. When done, brush away the powder with a powder brush. Then take a dark powder to use to contour. Find your cheek bone and apply underneath you emphasize. Also apply on temples, forehead and jaw line. There should be harsh lines RN, but don't blend yet. Use a highlighter if you want, I like Benefit's Sun Beam. Apply on the upmost part of cheek bones. Then find blush and apply on cheekbones (you should be able to feel the bones by touching your face, DO NOT APPLY ON APPLES OF CHEEK). Then take a brush and blend all of it to take away the lines.

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IMO, there are concealers that work for the under-eye area, but they're not one-size-fits-all - you need the right undertone, texture, etc. for your skin and that can be impossibly hard to find, but it's not literally impossible to find one. My Christopher Drummond concealer covers well enough for my needs, and it doesn't cake up on me. I just pat it on with my ring finger to lighten up the darkness without giving it a grey cast. I don't have any powder (already spent plenty on the concealer, lol!), but it stays on fine, at least in my non-humid environment. Any other concealer I've tried has just made the area look grey or not covered at all, except for when I used Everyday Minerals's peach corrector with their fair(?) concealer over it. (The concealer alone? Grey cast.) That did sometimes make the area look dry, though. I quit using EDM when their customer service started to suck and they changed all their formulas, and frankly, the double layers of powder were a bit too much to expect someone who wears makeup so infrequently to apply in a timely manner, lol. It was too much work just to cover a bit of shadow.

Correctors are a good idea, especially if you have very deep shadows to cover. I've seen Youtube videos of people getting very impressive coverage using color correctors - either yellow or orange tones for the under eye depending on their coloring.

ETA a disclaimer if you're interested in the CD concealer: they only have 3 colors that from the pictures online may end at a Beyonce-ish shade and my dark circles aren't super dark, though sometimes they seem that way to me.
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From the part of your nose that meets the corner of your eyes, you drag the concealer down to the sides of your nostrils (do this with a tiny brush). Then you drag the concealer all the way up, diagonally. It shoulder stop a little below your eyebrows. It should form a triangle. You're going to color this area in completely. Your face is going to look a bit crazy, but bear with me. Dab the area with a beauty blender until you blended the harsh lines. It should be lighter than the rest of your face, but not tooo light.
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I'd probably skip the primer and moisturize instead. I pat a little Weleda Skin Food under my eyes and let it absorb for about 10 minutes. Then I pat on Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. It covers very well. It's basically paint for the face. It would almost definitely cover the darkness. But I wouldn't use it alone for underye. Make sure to moisturize first.

Sleepymeko had a good rec about using a corrector.
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I use an eye cream (Benefit "It's Potent") at night and sometimes in the morning too. Then I use a primer (Benefit "Stay Don't Stray") and then a cream concealer (Benefit "Boi-ing").

I have really dark under eye circles and also the dry skin under my eyes. The cream made the biggest difference.

I keep seeing "creepy"

If you have a sephora near you, you can try various products. I tried Cargo's concealer under my eyes and liked it. I've found that using a cone-based primer works well to smooth the crepey ness
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Thanks for the recs. I will have to try them

I recently discovered the benefits of color correcting, and have been using the yellow undereye mineral concealer from Meow to do so. On top, I use Bare Escentuals Bisque, which is a salmon-type color that is a little warmer than my foundation and neutralizes the yellow. This does WONDERS for the color issue, but since my skin is naturally bumpy and crepey there, I have that other issue.

I have been trying to experiment with putting a liquid concealer over the Meow yellow stuff to get rid of my issue. I haven't been able to find a comparable liquid yellow color corrector to Meow's, though. I tried Maybelline and PF at the drugstore due to the reviews, but they went on pretty crappily.

From the part of your nose that meets the corner of your eyes, you drag the concealer down to the sides of your nostrils (do this with a tiny brush). Then you drag the concealer all the way up, diagonally. It shoulder stop a little below your eyebrows. It should form a triangle. You're going to color this area in completely. Your face is going to look a bit crazy, but bear with me. Dab the area with a beauty blender until you blended the harsh lines. It should be lighter than the rest of your face, but not tooo light.
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
where did you learn to do your makeup?
checked out your blog and have listened to many of your album recs.
discovered chillwave! almost like house but quiter, lol.
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Haha, thanks! I think most people don't like some of the music I listen to, but you know, everyone likes different things. I'm happy you liked chillwave! I feel like it's easier to like since it's so relaxing. I really love Washed Out! If you have a chance to see a live show, I highly recommend it. Everyone is super chill and relaxed and enjoying the music.

As for my makeup... I learn from a variety of makeup gurus on YouTube LOL! I follow quite a few gurus and I try things out on myself and see whether they work out for me or not. I haven't taken pics of my Kim Kardashian technique, but I learned it from Gossmakeupartist, who I highly recommend.

I think it's like a trial and error thing with makeup. What might work for someone else will certainly not work for another person. But I think good brushes (I recommend Sigma for starters) is one of the most important things in your makeup tool box! For the best application, you need good brushes.

I learned on YouTube that you're not supposed to apply powder with a brush since it wipes away the powder (not setting it) and it moves your makeup around, which I found to be true a year ago. I noticed when I used brushes for setting my makeup, my makeup would come off. Now, I know to use a velour powder puff and you press and roll on the face. Then you use the powder brush to brush off excess.

I think the problem with most women is that they do not blend their makeup (harsh blush, harsh lines for eyeshadows, etc.) or they use the wrong kind of eye makeup (if you have small eyes, rimming the eyes with black liner makes them look smaller. Use a flesh tone kohl pencil instead). And putting a light shimmer eyeshadow on the corners of your eye (and slightly below the bottom eyelash) makes your eyes look larger. Also, remember that eyebrows are probably the most important thing on the face! Use eyeshadow to color in sparse places.

Here are some of my favorite makeup gurus. I think the best advice is to take what works for you. Find a guru that has a similar eye shape because not all eyeshadows is a one size fits all! I know that I can't do some of the looks that some gurus do because it doesn't transfer well on my eye shape.

I follow WOC strictly (the colors are more likely to work with my skin tone) and Filipino gurus, since my eyeshape is similar to Filipino women so the results are typically the same

Makeupbyleinabaaaby
MakeupbyGraceNicole
Dope211
QueenofblendingMUA (best eyeshadow tuts ever TBH)

etc.

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