What I Use Every Day Part 2

From left to right; Bobbi Brown Corrector, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, Jane Iredale Pure Gloss, Clinique Lash Powder Mascara, Shu Uemura Lash Curler.

Just to finish up what I use with the final few products…

I’m still loving Bobbi’s Corrector/ Concealer to cover dark under eye circles. If I’m in a rush or don’t feel particularly dark, I’ll skip the Corrector and use the concealer for both the eye area and imperfections on the skin.

Jane Iredale’s Pure Gloss in Cotton Candy is my fav light pink choice for most days to compliment my pinky toned cheeks. For days when I’m wearing a bronze palette, I go with Soft Peach.

Any lashes can benefit from the Shu eyelash curler. It’s iconic. It’s everywhere. It’s as good as they say. It perfectly curls the lashes without kinks, and it sets the lashes to hold that curl throughout the day.

I think I’m on my 5th tube of Clinique’s lash power- which is saying a lot. It really doesn’t smudge and is easily removed with warm water.

Bobbi Brown Corrector/ Concealer

Dark under eye circles can take the focus completely away from georgous eyes and quickly become the focus of the face. Although they are annoying, it really isn’t the difficult to cover them with the right products.

Bobbi has the best system for covering dark circles since she uses color theory to first disguise the darkness using a correcting concealer. Each shade of Corrector is meant to cover either purplish, blueish, or brown based dark circles which is applied on the dark area of the eyes before the concealer.

Traditional concealers are yellow-based which covers redness, the mixture of a yellow concealer and dark circles wouldn’t disguise them, it actually gives a greenish or gray look. If you’re having problems covering darkness, this is probably why.

So that’s the first step- using the Corrector.

It’s a two step system because the Corrector is meant to cover the circles only, so it won’t match the rest of your skin. Now that the darkness is gone, you’ll apply the Concealer which is yellow based and designed to go over the Corrector and return the skin to its usual tone. the lightweight formula is meant to be layered over the corrector, as well as on blemishes and imperfections on the entire face.

So you’re first using the peachy- pinky Corrector to cancel out darkness.

Then you use the skin tone correct, yellow-based Concealer to even out the eye area. Use the powder on the bottom of the Concealer Kit to set it for the day and you’re done.

The total process takes just seconds in the morning and doesn’t feel like an added step, especially once you see what a big difference it makes.

Be sure to let a Bobbi associate help you to choose what shades work best for you since it is specific to both your circles and skin tone.

From this link, click on View Bobbi’s How-To Apply Concealer Video for the whole rundown.

Eye Brighteners

Laura Mercier Eye Brightener

Jane Iredale Active Light

So many women apply makeup for no other reason other than to avoid looking tired. Just the smallest amount of eye brightener under your usual concealer can make the biggest difference in your overall look and diminish tired eyes.

What makes the brighteners unique is the color and added luminosity. Since it’s specifically for the eye area, they have a pinky or peachy hue which assists in disguising the blue tone of dark circles. Luminosity is another added benefit, like in the case of the pens highlighted above, to give a look of brightness and to neutralize dark circles so your concealer won’t have to work so hard. Use the smallest amount on hydrated eyes under concealer.

Best Concealers

So very few women have a concealer that they’re 100% attached to. Balancing out consistency with pigment is a delicate balance that for some reason isn’t often achieved. Many times what looks to be a good concealer upon application, becomes creased, obvious or just disappears altogether.

Of course there are a few that have achieved cult status like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat for its airy light luminosity, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for it’s rich consistency, and Cle De Peau Concealer for its silky feel. So let me introduce you to a few more gems that hide discolorations, fight smudging and creasing, and last all day long.

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When I saw a concealer by a company I didn’t know selling at Sephora under their ‘Best Sellers’ for $40, I knew I had to pony up the dough. Who is AmazingCosmetics and what’s so incredible about this concealer? Quickly I discovered that this full coverage, waterproof concealer smoothes over imperfections covering them completely without appearing cakey or the least bit visible while using only the prescribed ‘pin dot amount.’

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Time Balm, a cream concealer from The Balm, touts itself as anti-wrinkle meaning it doesn’t settle into fine lines causing new imperfections while trying to hide the old ones. Even the most stubborn dark circles can’t stand up to the powder of this little pot packed with vitamins A, C and E. On several occasions, Time Balm has cut the dark circles that I would’ve otherwise used 2 separate concealers to cancel darkness around the eyes, and the creamy consistency is even appropriate for a more mature eye.

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BECCA’s Compact Concealer has you covered in a few different ways with their ingenious little split pan. One side is a creamier version providing medium cover, while the other side gives full coverage with a slightly dryer consistency for bigger jobs. Find your perfect combination for what suits your face and eye areas. And with an impressive shade range of 34 colors, everyone is sure to find their ideal match.

BECCA Compact Concealer

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There is only one category I haven’t written about until now. Concealer. I’ve tried everything; some settle in fine lines, some make blemishes look worse, most look great when you put them on, then wear off in about an hour and many are just too heavy. BECCA’s best selling concealer delivers a one-two punch by having an unheard of selection of 34 colors to ensure the perfect match and by splitting the compact in two using one side for medium coverage perfect for the eye area, and the other side for a heavier coverage that wears all day long. The consistency is uniquely silky with a bold texture and the results are flawless.

BECCA Compact Concealer

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Had a long weekend? Didn’t sleep well last night? Pep up your eyes quick with Bobbi’s Tinted Eye Brightener. I’ve replaced my eye concealer with this little pot of magic. The peachy- pinky color is perfect for canceling out darkness around the eye and the formula is light and blendable without settling into fine lines like some concealers can.

I literally pile it on getting it really close to my lower lash line keeping my eyes looking fresh and awake. If you have super dark circles, you might try it over your usual concealer and if your eye area is overly dry, mix it with a little eye cream. This really is one of those products that most women can benefit from using- which is quite rare. Tired looking eyes are the worst, drop by a Bobbi and pick up a sample. You won’t be disappointed.

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener