For me, beautifully made-up skin is built upon a flawless base. However, foundation alone is rarely sufficient to cover dark circles and brighten up your under eye. This is where a great under eye concealer comes in.
But first let’s go back a step. If you find yourself questioning, which should I apply first – foundation or concealer? The answer is always foundation. Concealer merely arrives to complete the jobs that foundation couldn’t finish. No matter how great your concealer work is, you’ll only cancel it out by applying foundation on top afterwards.
So you know when to apply it, but which should you apply? Here are two good under eye concealers currently residing in my makeup bag; one for a more natural look and one for a more polished makeup look:
The natural highlighter: No7 Instant radiance concealer
For me, this is a make-up bag staple. Think gym, think school run, think should not leave home without wearing. The beauty is that it is so light and easy to apply that in a mere matter of seconds, your under eyes look brightened and radiant. Packaged as a handy concealer pen brush, just a few clicks on the end are needed to dispense product onto the brush before sweeping under the eyes. It has some staying power too, I find it’s around 5 hours before re-application is required. Whilst only providing light coverage, I really notice a difference if I haven’t applied it.
Application: sweep under the length of the eye before curving down onto the under eye bone (I think I may have made this term up – see picture for illustration) and blend.
Need to know: This product is not recommended for anyone with very dark under eye shadows. Whilst buildable, the Instant radiance concealer is very light and is recommended more as a quick and easy radiance boost. This concealer works best when used in conjunction with your regular foundation or BB cream.
Available in a variety of shades, I have medium/pale skin and use shade 20. It is advisable to get colour-matched in store. Available from Boots priced at £14.
The event concealer: NARS Radiant creamy concealer
I’ve titled this ‘the event concealer’ as it’s the one I use when I need a more ‘polished’ appearance for attending events, night’s out, lunch with friends, you catch my drift.
Award-winning, it smooths over skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. The result is a softer, less tired, more even looking complexion. Long wearing, I have never had to retouch.
It’s paraben-free, alcohol-free, synthetic fragrance-free but unfortunately not actually ‘free’. However, I find I only need to use such a small amount per application, that one wand lasts a long time – you could argue that it practically pays for itself.
If you’re a make-up aficionado this concealer can also be used for contouring and highlighting.
Application: The official advice is to apply with your fingers, but I prefer to put 3 dots in an upside down triangle and gently blend with a clean concealer brush.
Available in 22 different shades, my shade is ‘custard’. Get yourself colour matched in-store – search online for your nearest NARS counter. NARS Radiant creamy concealer costs around £24.
Under eye concealer application tips:
When applying products around your eyes without a brush, use your ring finger. This is the weakest finger and gives the perfect amount of pressure for application of product to the delicate eye area.
Plump for pink or peach tones to neutralise very dark under eye shadows.
If you find your concealer is drying in to the creases of your fine lines, make sure your eye area is well moisturised before applying makeup. If your under eye is very dry, try mixing your eye cream with your concealer onto the back of your hand before application.
For any product that involves application around your delicate eye-area, I strongly advise that you head in to store to test the product first before purchase, to ensure no adverse reactions.
If you have any questions about the products I have mentioned here, please feel free to leave me a comment in the box below!