CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH MAINTENANCE CHICK – Non Occupational Hazards
Everyone has their share of occupational hazards. A doctor goes to a dinner party where a fellow guest asks the good doc to take a look at an unusual mole. The computer tech is “on-call” the day after Christmas fielding calls from friends, not customers, on how to set up a new iPhone or Tivo. The neighborhood barbecue is a great place to meet the neighbors, but not for the stockbroker who gets badgered between bites of hamburger to give tips and advice.
The biggest difference between these professions and being in the beauty biz is that we (the beauty pros) can’t wait for someone to ask our professional opinion. In professional or social settings, it feels good when someone sees you as the authority. I have one personal guideline: I never give unsolicited beauty advice. However, once asked, I’m fully committed to making you look and feel your personal best.
With that said, I was thrilled to receive a wall post on Facebook from a former school classmate asking for beauty advice: “Okay, I know I’m asking the right person! What’s the best concealer and/or brightener for the eye area? =)” Just so you know, flattery will get you far. So here is my prognosis…
Not all under eye circles are created equal. The most common varieties are:
Blue- caused by lack of sleep and your parents (ha ha-heredity)
Purple- caused by sinus and circulation issues
Brown- caused by dehydration
Hydrate: Regardless of color, the first order of business is to hydrate the delicate eye area. Using a separate eye cream is not a beauty biz ploy to get you to use two moisturizers. It makes sense once you understand that facial moisturizers are larger link molecules that can’t penetrate the skin around the eye and are not opthamologist tested for use around the eye. You wouldn’t use internal wall paint to paint the exterior of your home would you? Of course not, so trust me and use a moisturizer for your face and an eye cream for the eyes.
Conceal: The ‘best’ formula is based purely on your preference and there are many options from emollient creams to lightweight liquids in pots, wands, tubes and sticks. Choosing the correct color always trumps formula in matters of concealer. Many people make the mistake of going too light in covering dark circles. No Bueno! Let’s say you got a big butt (hey, it happens)… are you wearing white pants or dark pants to cover that bedonk? As the poster child of dark circles, get a concealer that exactly matches your skin. When I learned this tip from make-up artist Robert Cook 10 yrs ago, it rocked my world! I still love him for it… muah Robert! My fave concealer of all time is Lancome’s Maquicomplet in the shade Clair II
Application Tips: Have fun experimenting with different application processes to get different coverage levels. Using a concealer brush will give you a nice even medium coverage. This is the preferred application method for most women. But, if you are the poster child, like me, gently pat (or pack-ha ha) a little extra concealer with your middle finger once you have applied layer numero uno with the concealer brush. One last Pro Tip is don’t let your concealer extend past the iris of your eye. Most of us don’t need it on the outer portion of the eye and its likely to crease when you smile.