Reader Q: Help Me With Under Eye Concealer

Reader Question: Sometimes when I apply my under-eye concealer it ends up looking worse than before. How can I apply it so it covers my under-eye circles, but doesn’t get into my wrinkles?

Answer: Hey bright-eyes. You’re not alone. Concealer can be the difference between fresh faced and semi-haggered. But, if not used properly, it can actually make you look older by settling in find lines and wrinkles. Ugh, who wants that? But don’t fear, if you have the right information, you’ll look younger and more awake in a snap (or, er, five steps). Naturally, I have those for you. I talked to the best in the biz, Celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, to get her concealer tips.

 Step 1: Find the right formulation. “Liquid concealers tend to have the lightest application while crèmes provide a heavier coverage — this can be tricky though because often the older you get, the more coverage you will require but the more product becomes more visible on the skin,” explains Kashuk. Try something in the middle. Kashuk suggests her All Covered Up Concealer, $10 which gives ample coverage without sitting on skin or settling in pores.

Step 2: Choose the right shade. “Concealer should only be a hair lighter than your skin,” says Kashuk. “Going too light draws attention to problem areas and can look artificial.” She also recommends that if you are going to skip foundation altogether, choose a concealer shade that’s the exact color of your skin so it blends seamlessly.

 Step 3: Start with moisturizer. To apply concealer that looks ultra-professional, always start with a moisturizer and primer. “These products will quench the skin and retexturize it by filling in lines for a better base,” says Kashuk. Try Sonia Kashuk Primer Vitamin Serum, $19.

Step 4: Don’t put concealer on your crows-feet, silly. “Apply it on an as needed basis, spot treating redness and dark circles and use as sheer a coat of concealer as possible to prevent the product from settling into lines,” says Kashuk.

Step 5: If you’re worried about lines around your eyes, stay away from setting powder all together. Yes, it sets concealer in place, but nothing gets in the wrinkles like powder.

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Copy Cameron Diaz’s “Feline Eye” Seen at the UK What to Expect When You’re Expecting Premiere

I’m a Cameron Diaz fan for one reason: though she does have a perfectly fit, rockin’ body, she doesn’t always look totally perfect and flawless. Especially her skin. She clearly hasn’t been spending as much time at the spa or plastic surgeon/dermatologist’s office as some of her colleagues. It’s refreshing. That’s why, when I saw this photo of her from the UK premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I was wowed. Her skin, makeup and overall look is flawless and stunning.

Naturally I had to share the scoop on how makeup artist Emma Lovell created her makeup look so we can all copy it. Here’s the deal:

“The makeup was designed to complement Cameron’s cream Stella McCartney jumpsuit, her choppy blonde bob and her dramatic earrings. I wanted a cute feline eye to be the main attraction, keeping the lips pretty and fresh with a plum stain,” says Lovell.

How to get it:

Step 1: Prime your skin (Lovell used Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, $65).

Step 2: Create a matte complexion by applying a liquid powder foundation (she used Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Sand, $55).

Step 3: Brighten up your eye area by dabbing a bit of eye brightening concealer under your eyes (she used Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, $38).

Step 4: Contour your face by applying bronzing cream under your cheekbones and blush on the apples of your cheeks using your fingertips (she used Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset, $40). Add a dab of illuminating cream on your cheeks to finish.

Step 5: Fill in your brows with pencil (she used MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Fling, $15)

Step 6: Apply a shimmery, shell-colored eyeshadow on your lids and a deep copper shade in your creases and along your lashlines (Lovell used Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy, $38).

Step 7: Line top lashlines with liquid liner (she used Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony, $32). “I started with a very a thin line at the inner corner of the eye and made it thicker as I went along, kicking it out for a subtle kitten eye,” says Lovell. Next, go over the line with the deep copper shadow to soften it a bit “it’s not so retro that way,” adds Lovell.

Step 8: Apply black mascara and a set of full faux lashes. Get scoop on how to apply false lashes here.

Step 9: Finish by applying a plum, berry lipstick with your fingertip for a stain-like finish. Lovell used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Nocturnal, $30 and topped it with a bit of balm for a touch of shine (she used Rodial Glam Balm Lip, $25).

Copy Cameron Diaz's "Feline Eye" Seen at the UK What to Expect When You're Expecting Premiere

I’m a Cameron Diaz fan for one reason: though she does have a perfectly fit, rockin’ body, she doesn’t always look totally perfect and flawless. Especially her skin. She clearly hasn’t been spending as much time at the spa or plastic surgeon/dermatologist’s office as some of her colleagues. It’s refreshing. That’s why, when I saw this photo of her from the UK premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I was wowed. Her skin, makeup and overall look is flawless and stunning.

Naturally I had to share the scoop on how makeup artist Emma Lovell created her makeup look so we can all copy it. Here’s the deal:

“The makeup was designed to complement Cameron’s cream Stella McCartney jumpsuit, her choppy blonde bob and her dramatic earrings. I wanted a cute feline eye to be the main attraction, keeping the lips pretty and fresh with a plum stain,” says Lovell.

How to get it:

Step 1: Prime your skin (Lovell used Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, $65).

Step 2: Create a matte complexion by applying a liquid powder foundation (she used Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Sand, $55).

Step 3: Brighten up your eye area by dabbing a bit of eye brightening concealer under your eyes (she used Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, $38).

Step 4: Contour your face by applying bronzing cream under your cheekbones and blush on the apples of your cheeks using your fingertips (she used Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset, $40). Add a dab of illuminating cream on your cheeks to finish.

Step 5: Fill in your brows with pencil (she used MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Fling, $15)

Step 6: Apply a shimmery, shell-colored eyeshadow on your lids and a deep copper shade in your creases and along your lashlines (Lovell used Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy, $38).

Step 7: Line top lashlines with liquid liner (she used Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony, $32). “I started with a very a thin line at the inner corner of the eye and made it thicker as I went along, kicking it out for a subtle kitten eye,” says Lovell. Next, go over the line with the deep copper shadow to soften it a bit “it’s not so retro that way,” adds Lovell.

Step 8: Apply black mascara and a set of full faux lashes. Get scoop on how to apply false lashes here.

Step 9: Finish by applying a plum, berry lipstick with your fingertip for a stain-like finish. Lovell used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Nocturnal, $30 and topped it with a bit of balm for a touch of shine (she used Rodial Glam Balm Lip, $25).

Reader Q: “What Makeup Line Do You Recommend?”

Reader Question: “What makeup line would you recommend?? I am in desperate need of new products!” — Devon

The Answer: Though I tend to cherry pick products across a ton of brands, I totally understand that it can be much more efficient to stick with one brand and buy all of your essentials from it. With that being said, I recommend the following two brands — one drugstore mass brand and one department store prestige brand — so you can pick the one that’s right for your budget and one that’s easily accessible:

Drugstore/Mass Brand: L’Oreal Paris

I  recommend L’Oreal Paris as a go-to brand for all of your makeup essentials because they offer everything from highly-pigmented eyeshadow shades in classic and trendy hues to a fabulous collection of moisturizing lip glosses (the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss) in 16 gorgeous shades (Blushing Berry is my fave). Finding eyeshadows that pack a serious punch of pigment at the drugstore isn’t easy, by the way. And, in addition to carrying foundations, primers and highlighters that can stand up to their department store counterparts, the brand makes one of my favorite mascaras (the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara) and lip colors (the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red). All at an affordable price.

Department Store/Prestige Brand: Make Up For Ever

This was a trickier choice for me to make. I considered MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Chanel and Lancome for various reasons — great mascaras, eyeliners, foundations, eyeshadows of various textures, etc. But, I settled on Make Up For Ever for a few key reasons. First, the lightweight Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation has been a favorite of mine for years. It gives great waterproof coverage without feeling like makeup on your skin. I’ve used it off and on since the late ’90s. And second, they make one of my favorite liquid liners of all time (the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner). Add to that a miracle loose powder (Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder) and fabulous makeup brushes and eyeshadows in every shade and texture imaginable, and you have a perfectly well-rounded brand of gorgeous makeup. If I had to say it has one downfall, it’s that the brand hasn’t yet made a mascara that’s totally wowed me. Otherwise though, you can pretty much get everything you need (well, and don’t need) from Make Up For Ever.

If you’re looking for a dependable brand to fill your makeup bag, these would be my recommendations. But, if you have a specific category of product you’re in the market for, I might suggest something else.

For those of you out there that do have a go-to brand, which one is it? I’d love to hear about it.