Applying Concealer - Dilemma of the Week - iVillage Beauty Makeup

When I try to apply concealer, my undereye area looks all crepey, what's the trick to applying it right?

The undereye area is so tender; placing concealer on it has to be done ever so delicately. First, chose the shade of your concealer carefully: For pale skin, use a light beige with yellow undertones. For olive skin, use a medium beige with pink undertones. And for darker skin, use a medium to medium-dark shade with peach undertones.

Gently patting as you go, apply moisturizing eye cream about one inch below the eye. Remember cream "travels up", so don't place it too close to your lower lid. Give it a minute to absorb. Next, lightly place a small bit of concealer directly over the area. You can use a small, square, flat concealer brush or you can dot it on with your finger. Blend with a soft touch, adding a hint more moisturizer if necessary for a more translucent finish.

Always start with less than you think you need. You can add more if needed, but the idea is to use as little as possible. If the color is right, you shouldn't need to pack it on, which is probably what's creating the crepey look you are experiencing.

Deborah's Recommended Products:

Cle De Peau Eye Balm
A creamy, not oily, moisturizing concealer that contains a fine film of "prismatic" powder and hyaluronic acid to maintain moisture levels.
Price: $65
Available: Specialty stores, Cle De Peau counters

Giella Concealer
This sheer concealer with vitamin E and optical diffusers comes in yellow-beige and umber. Buy separately or blend together to create your perfect shade; the sheer consistency really sits well on skin.
Price: $12
Available: (888) 221-0469

Estée Lauder Lucidity Light Diffusing Concealer SPF-8
Contains light reflecting and perfecting particles to enhance the look of the skin, as well as all-important sunblock!
Price: $19
Available: Department stores

Chanel Quick Cover
Comes in two colors, Candlelight and Medium Beige, which both contain light-reflecting ingredients. It's long-lasting and waterproof, and the sponge-tipped wand allows for easy application.
Price: $32.50
Available: Chanel counters, Sephora.com

Eye Treatments

Murad Environmental Shield Age Proof Eye Creme SPF 15
The reflective quality of this concealer lightens undereye circles while hydrating to smooth the area. It also contains caffeine to help shrink undereye puffiness.
Price: $50
Available: (800) 388-9017, Murad, Murad.com

N.V. Perricone M.D. Cosmeceuticals Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy
This treatment contains patented DMAE, a combination of ingredients scientifically proven to restore the skin.
Price: $45
Available: (888) 823-7837, Nordstrom, Sephora.com, ClinicalCreations.com

Shiseido Skincare Eye Revitalizer
This is Shiseido's best-selling product. The fluid texture, the light scent, the dewy finish -- I love this stuff!
Price: $35
Available: Shiseido counters, Sephora

Shu Uemura Principe Eye Zone Complex
Contains wine yeast to naturally help renew skin cells.
Price: $42
Available: (800) 743-8205, Shu Uemura, Sephora.com

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