Best Under Eye Brightening Secrets
Happy Makeup Wars Monday! Today I’m bringing you the best undereye brightening secrets and products. First, you have to know by now that skincare really does help give you an edge against things like puffiness, undereye circles and more. I highly recommend using an eye cream with SPF like my favorite Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37. I’m on my 3rd tube of this product because it really does help to brighten the under eye area, even if it’s the only thing you’re wearing. If this isn’t your thing, look for eye creams that have Vitamin C and Caffeine to help reduce puffiness in eyes.
This post contains a mix of press samples and products purchased by me.
Some days, I feel like I have awful dark circles. Other days, I just know that I’ve lost a bit of volume under my eyes because of age. I also would benefit from upping the amount of water that I drink. So on the days I need it, I use concealer. I’ve swatched several of my concealers here for you.
- Pink, Peachy Pink, Orange and Salmon – work to neutralize blue / purple undereye circles
- Yellow – works to neutralize deep purple undereye circles
- Green – works to neutralize redness
- Lavender – works to brighten the complexion
1. Illamasqua Skin Base Lift in White Light – This is an absolute white concealer and it will brighten the face wherever you use it.
2. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden – One of my local BFFs swears by using this for her undereye circles; it’s a peachy beige. She says it doesn’t crease and it’s pigmented enough to cover her circles.
3. OCC Skin Conceal Y0 – This is a really nice match for my skintone and I like it under my eyes or around my face as it has excellent pigmentation.
4. BECCA Undereye Brightening Corrector – This is a peachy pink color corrector for under the eyes to help cancel out dark circles.
5. Alba Botanica Fast Fix for Undereye Circles – This is a peachy yellow color corrector for under the eyes to help cancel out dark circles.
6. bareMinerals Stroke of Light 1 – This is a peachy pink color correcter for under the eyes to help cancel out dark circles.
7. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral – I love this one under my eyes as it doesn’t crease but I wish it had slightly more pigmentation.
8. Cover FX Cream Concealer in N-Xtra Light – I don’t normally use under my eyes but around my face and it has nice pigmentation.
9. NARS Concealer in Chantilly – This is a really nice match for my skintone and works under my eyes or around my face and has great pigmentation because it’s in stick form.
If you suffer from occasional undereye darkness, like I do, you’re probably better off with something like Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer or OCC Skin Conceal. If you have heavy duty dark circles a color corrector might be more helpful, like the Alba Botanica, BECCA, bareMinerals or Eden. For extreme brightening, you might like the Illamasqua.
As a general rule, if you’re using a powder foundation, apply your concealer first, then apply the powder foundation. If you’re using a liquid foundation, apply your foundation first, then your concealer. However, if you’re using a color correcting product you’ll have to apply the color corrector first, then the foundation. This is where a beauty blender is really helpful because you can apply a thin layer of the color corrector, then a thin layer of foundation on top of it, and make sure it blends with the rest of your face.
If you end up with your undereye concealer creasing, which is a very common problem, try blending it out with a damp beauty blender and then use a tissue to blot off any excess oil.
1. Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Foundation in Porcelain – I like to use this to add a subtle glow to my face, mix with other powders, or to set a cream product.
2. Silk Naturals Flattery Illuminating Powder – this is a mix of white, light pink and gold to give your skin a subtle glow
3. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminousity Glow Powder – a subtle white powder
4. e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder – this is a pinkish white powder that looks like it has a lot of shimmer to it but it doesn’t once it’s applied to the skin.
5. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder – one of my all time favorite powders for anywhere on the face, but definitely under the eyes.
6. Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Cameo – This is a pale peachy pink matte powder. It’s basically the pale girl’s version of Banana powder. You know, the stuff that Kim Kardashian made people go crazy over. This is actually the product I like the least out of these 7 but I get questions about it frequently so I included it here.
7. Silk Naturals Brightening Concealer #1 – It’s lighter than Anastasia Banana and Peaches & Cream, as it’s made for pale skin and it’s slightly tinted peachy-yellow. You can actually use this on its own or use it to set undereye concealer.
After you apply your undereye concealer, you absolutely need to set it. I swatched my favorite powders here. The trick is, whether you’re using a loose or pressed powder, tap off your brush after you get product on it and before you apply it. Then pat the powder on sparingly. You can also use a beauty blender to apply the setting powder if you’re not comfortable using a brush. I typically apply setting powder under the eyes with a brush like the Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush or the real Techniques Base Eyeshadow Brush.
If you apply too much powder and dry out your under eye area, reach for something like Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Light and use half a drop to slightly moisten the area, then blot again. This will keep you from looking crazy dry.
Depending on how bad your undereye circles, you absolutely might be able to get away with using your foundation and a brightening powder, which I tend to think works pretty well on me.
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