With today’s super busy lives it is almost impossible to get as much sleep as we really need, but who wants to turn up to a meeting or party looking dull and tired?
My colleagues and friends always commented on how fresh I looked even with just a couple of hours sleep, so today I am going to tell you my secret and give you a list of my holy grail products to fake 10 hours sleep!
COLOUR CORRECTING – This is the first and most essential step after foundation.
The under eye area can tend to look a bluish, purplish or sometimes even greyish colour (grey shaded under eyes are usually a problem for asian skin tones). If we apply concealer (usually in a yellowish shade) directly on top of this it can end up looking green so it is very important to neutralise these undertones before we apply a concealer. To do this you should use a salmon coloured corrector that will neutralise your under eye area or any other highly pigmented areas on your face. The darker your under eye the darker the orange shade of your corrector should be. These are a few of my favourite products to use, but if you run out or have a corrector which is too light for you you can always dab a little bit of red lipstick on the area you want to colour correct.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (Great option if you want a concealer and corrector in the same palette)
Tarte Coloured Clay Underye CC Corrector as it is creamy but not too oily although it is only available in 2 shades – My favourite)
LA Pro Girl Corrector in Orange (Great budget option but only suitable for darker skin tones)
CONCEALING – The next step is one most of you already know. After colour correcting
concealer will glide on smoothly and make the under eye area blend in with the rest of your skin. It is important to use a concealer which is a shade lighter than your skin so it will brighten the area, however be mindful of going too light as this can make you end up looking like a panda! My absolute favourite product to conceal the under eye is the Cle De Peau concealer as it is extremely pigmented, super smooth and blends beautifully with skin, however it comes with a very hefty price tag so below are some more pocket friendly options swell
HIGHLIGHTING – This step is not essential and is something I would do more if it was a special occasion rather than everyday makeup, but it definitely does help! Now that the under eye area is looking nice and even, highlighting will just add that extra boost of brightness to make us look absolutely photo ready. My favourite way to highlight is creating an upside down triangle going from the corner of my eye to the corner of my nose and then up in an angle to the outer corner of my eye. My holy grail product for this is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as it provides some coverage and also brings radiance to the skin.
SETTING – Never forget to do this! After all the work you’ve put in to make your under eye area look perfect you need to make this last. Concealers are prone to creasing and fading so it is essential that after applying you set the area with a some of powder. These are my two favourite products which set the area without making it looked overly cakey and help keep the brightness intact.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Banana (Pressed powder – great for intensifying brightness)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (Loose powder, great for a light natural look)
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