My skin was never that bad when I was younger, but then when I had a kid, my face flipped the fuck out and I turned into the Elephant Man or something. I was always into doing eye makeup and lipstick, but when my skin got really bad was probably when I started taking make up very seriously. Not being pregnant for a while and getting my hormones back in line and getting religious about using glycolic acid sorted my acne out, so now I only get a zit every couple months or something, but I have some red marks and scars left over that I use concealer on.
It seems that a lot of y'all have under eye circles that you want to cover up. I am going to be real with you and say I actually know fuck-all about covering that stuff up. I just don't get circles, and if I don't sleep well or something and I do get a little under-eye stuff going on, it's not so bad that I sweat it. It's just that i have to put concealer on my red marks, and if I do my eye area, too, I think it might look like I have too much makeup on? Maybe? Also, I have this weird idea that if I don't put any foundation or concealer on in the areas of my face that are fine, like my under-eyes or my nose or my forehead, and i blend my makeup in so you can't really see the line where I cover up and where I don't, maybe the areas where I have a lot on won't be as obvious and seeing real skin texture makes the made up areas look more natural?? I don't know, these are make up philosophies I invented myself. I know other makeup bloggers might refer to themselves as GURUS or whatever, but I have too much doubt and self-loathing to ever say that I am an official on any topic, and that I am ever 100% right. Maybe I look like shit! I just like putting makeup on. I also like swimming, but I am not gonna front like I am going to win the Olympics, right?
ANYWAY, I'm not going to leave y'all in the lurch just because I don't know what the hell is going on.
I was at Sephora the other day with my friend and she said something about under-eye makeup, then y'all were asking about it, so I thought I would ask her. I mean, she allegedly uses it all the time, and I've never noticed her having dark circles, so one would assume that is because she is good at covering them up!
Meet my double-cute-best-girl, Joanna! Perhaps you recognize her, since she has been my main t-shirt model on my other site for a long time. Her eyeliner always looks nice and precise and symmetrical, she is good at doing her hair, and she isn't a bullshitter, so I will go ahead and vouch for her opinion on the matter of under-eye makeup.
Take it away, Joanna!!
"...I do use under-eye stuff. I usually go with Benefit's Erase Paste. You use a little bit and it goes a long way. The texture of it feels like its a heavy cream, but it blends in nicely. I guess that's what I like about it because I have naturally dark circles under my eyes, plus the veins that sorta show underneath. It just makes me feel better wearing something that is a little thicker and I can smooth out and blend. I normally wear this during the winter when my summer tan goes away.
I did want to try a new concealer, only because I get curious and sometimes it is worth the money. Lately, I've been using Lancome's Effacernes and I kinda loved it right off the bat! I could sorta compare it to Naked's makeup (note: Joanna and I are both currently in love and having a serious relationship with the Urban Decay Naked foundation) in that it is really light textured compared to Benefit, it doesn't crease and it creates a really nice matte finish and smooths out fine lines, and it sorta makes your eyes look brighter. Again, a little goes a long way with this one. I got this at Sephora for about $30 (I think) and I've almost had my little bottle for a 9 months or so.
Again, because I have issues with the dark circles, sometimes I feel like any concealer I use stops working but it's just me, I'm sure. What I like about this Lancome concealer is that I usually do two coats (when I'm feeling especially gross and tired-lookin' around the eye area.) I apply one coat, let it dry and then a second, just to make me feel better, I guess. I used to use MAC concealer, but it was just too dry and I felt like it brought out more fine lines than anything, but then again, I've had friends that live by that shit. Also, what I noticed about the Lancome stuff is that it has lots of different shades + intensity levels which I think is a nice touch because you can work with more skin tones."
There you have it! Maybe that will help you out in the under-eye department. I think the only thing I would add is that under-eye circles are usually shadows and vascularity under your eyes, so if you have a problem with them, just cover them up like my girl Joanna, and don't buy some creme or something that says it will make them go away. That is impossible since a cream can't change the way light falls on your face, cause that is magic-talk, and it can't change the vasculature under your eyes, since then it would be a pharmaceutical and you wouldn't be able to just buy it somewhere. You might be able to find something that has some cooling qualities that might make the vasculature constrict or something and get a little reduction that way, but the circles would come right back anyway, once the cooling effect wore off.
If you have any feelings on this topic, go ahead and share! Like I said, this is not my area of expertise.