Yesterday, I posted this piece on color correcting concealers. As one with dark circles under my eyes, I just had to give it a try. Dark circles have always been a problem for me. I recall in third grade, Robert Long decided to change my name from Raquel to Raccoon. All of the other boys in the classroom got a kick out of it and of course, joined in the teasing. I became Raccoon for the rest of third grade. Ugh! As a result, I’ve always been self-conscious about my dark under eye circles.
With memories of third grade on my mind, I was ready to conceal and cover up this morning! It is recommended that people with skin tones of medium and darker use red or orange concealer to hide those dreaded circles. So I used a reddish-orange concealer (bottom right on the photos below). I applied with a concealer brush to be sure to get in those crevices where my finger couldn’t reach – that space in the inner corner of my eye and just under my bottom lid. Afterward, I covered the correcting concealer with one that more closely matches my skin tone. The concealers I used were nothing fancy; just a kit I picked up for very cheap in my local beauty supply store.
Now…this is where it gets interesting. I always wear a foundation to work. However, as an educator, I haven’t been to work since December 23rd because of the holiday break, so I haven’t been wearing it regularly. After 11 days off from work, today was my first day back to work, but my whole morning routine was out of whack. Can you believe that I forgot to put on foundation today?!?! I had simply put on eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick after blending in my concealer. I didn’t realize what I had done until I was washing makeup off my hands. You see, I typically squirt foundation on the back of my hand before applying it and have to scrub hard to wash it off when I’m done. This morning, THERE WAS NONE THERE! OMG…I had forgotten to put it on! I looked at the clock and I was running late. There was no time to put on foundation. Egad! I was prepared to look a mess today.
I jumped in my truck and rushed to work. I was afraid to look at myself, but took a quick peek in my rearview mirror anyway. Then I took a longer peek. Then I stared. I said to myself…”Hey, I don’t look bad!” I was shocked.
In addition to using the correcting concealer, I had used concealer to highlight and contour, but I had forgotten to use my foundation first. Amazingly, the concealer was all I needed! The concealer hid every flaw without the need for foundation. Unbelievable! I now see that use of concealer can save time in the morning without the added step of applying foundation; and that it will also save money in that I will likely need to purchase less foundation moving forward.
In this photo, I began with Avon MagiX Face Perfector to prime my face. Then I used reddish-orange concealer to cover my dark circles and a variety of concealers from the kit (pictured above) to highlight and contour. On my lips, I’m wearing Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Adoring Love and Avon SuperExtend Mascara in Black on my lashes.
Hmm…not bad for 48! God bless concealer!