I’m tired of all the primers, foundations, and powders promising to keep my skin looking shine-free but never following through with their claims. Once, I got so fed up that I applied a mattifying primer under a mattifying foundation, and all topped off with a mattifying powder. Big mistake: in just under 3 hours, my oils broke through and created a horrific cakey disaster to what I thought was the perfect cocktail for shine-free makeup. Over the years, I have been experimenting with makeup techniques to try and control my seemingly unstoppable oil production without looking overly matte. The following is the best routine for shine-free, fresh-looking makeup that I have found…so far!




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Dry and sensitive eyes now have something to look forward to! I have been trying out Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Mask and have noticed such a difference in my under eye area. Since I have hereditary dark circles, I take my eye products very seriously and have fallen in love with this one! Not to mention Belif is one of our favorite skincare brands! Read below for my full review!

Watch how I use this on our using the 360 Degree Massage Instagram 🙂

Check out how to conceal dark under eye circles here!




BELIF First Aid 360 Eye Mask

Available at: Sephora
.84 oz/25 ml ($36.00)

Why I Love It:

  • gel like texture
  • great for sensitive eyes especially if you have allergies causing dry skin around the eye area
  • fully hydrates the under eye and eye lid area (a must for ladies who wear eye make up everyday!)
  • makes my under eye and feel soft and plump when I wake up
  • fragrance free
  • 0% irritation or stinging
  • free of mineral oils, synthetic dyes, synthetic preservatives, and animal products
  • contains mimosa which helps heal and irritate inflammation

My Rating: 10/10

How to Use it – 360 Degree Massage

Step 1 – Press down on 6 acupuncture points

Step 2 – 360 Degree Massage in an “O” circular motion

Watch how I use this on our using the 360 Degree Massage Instagram 🙂




Tarte has been dominating the beauty scene this year; the mega brand garnered a huge cult following for their Shape Tape concealer. And there’s no way you haven’t heard of this concealer if you love makeup – it has infiltrated every corner of the beauty community because of its amazing qualities. I shouldn’t have been so skeptical because I know from experience that Tarte makes incredible concealers (I’m talking about you, Maracuja Creaseless concealer!). However, I came across so many rave reviews and not one mentioned a negative attribute about the Shape Tape. Real suspicious, I thought. But of course, being the concealer hoarder that I am, I picked up the Shape Tape to try for myself.

Watch how I use this on our Instagram 🙂

Check out a list of my other favorite concealers here!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Price: $25.00

Coverage: full

Finish: demi-matte

Best used for: under-eye circles, hyper pigmentation

My Shade: light-medium

PROS:
– Long-lasting wear
– A little goes a long way!
– Super blendable & easy to work with
– Gives an ultra smooth, demi-matte finish

CONS:
– Can accentuate texture if too much is used
– Not the best for people with dry skin under their eyes

My Rating: 10/10





Tips

1

Apply a very small amount to get the best finish and wear time! I use one or two dots under each eye.

2

Blend with a sponge – the formula is creamy, but it dries down very quickly. After applying one or two dots under my eyes, I use my finger to spread the product before it dries down. Then, I blend using a BeautyBlender to get the most natural and smooth finish.

3

Since the formula for the Shape Tape is heavy, I highly recommend that you moisturize well before using. This will ensure the concealer blends seamlessly into your skin and doesn’t cake up on dry patches.

 



Concealing my dark under-eye circles during my make up routine has always been a concern of mine. I have always struggled to conceal the brownish purple tones. Since my dark circles aren’t caused by a lack of sleep, but instead are hereditary, they have always been extra difficult to get rid of. Many concealers layered on top of the under eye area can actually cause them to look grey and even make your circles stand out even more!




On my journey to finding the perfect products to conceal my hereditary dark circles, I have created this 5 step routine in order to flawlessly conceal them!

1. Use a Moisturizing Eye Cream :  In order to keep the make up from looking caked on and dry, the under-eye area needs to be moisturized. Rub a little bit under your eyes in the morning before applying any other make up product.

Recommended Products: Belif Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream and Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream

2. Apply an Orange/Peach Corrector : Depending on how severe and dark your under-eye circles are, you will either have to apply and orange or peach corrector. If you have darker circles and/or a medium-tan skin tone orange will be for you. If you have less severe circles, peach should work. Apply it and blend it out. This corrects the blue/brown tones in the dark circles.

Recommended Products: Smashbox Color Correcting Stick (Orange or Peach) Bobby Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector 

Drug Store Dupe: NYX Concealer Jar (Orange)

3. Apply a Yellow Brightener: After I apply the orange concealerI find that I need a brightener to even out the darkness of the orange concealer. Apply a yellow brightener and blend it out.

Recommended Product: Bright Future Color Corrector (Yellow)

Drug Store Dupe: NYX Cosmetics Concealer Wand (Yellow)

4. Apply Concealer: Since I have terrible dark circles I like to use a full coverage concealer. The Tarte Maracuja Creaseless concealer is my holy grail. It covers perfectly and lasts all day. Apply and blend out.

Recommended ProductTarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Drug Store Dupe:NYX Gotcha Covered

READ: DUPE or DUD comparison between the Tarte and NYX Concealer HERE 

5. Set With Translucent Powder: Any full coverage concealer should be a little wet and tacky. In order to keep this from not budging all day you need to set it with a translucent powder. Use a fluffy brush and dust it on. If you want to take it a step further (I only do this if I am wearing heavy make up) you can bake your under-eye to give it a flawless finish.

READ: How to “Bake” Your Face HERE

You should now be left with completely covered and a flawless looking under-eye! This process might take a while to perfect and you may need to add your own tweaks in but this has worked for me for a very long time now!

      Click here to watch me conceal my undereye cirlces 🙂

 

I have an enormous concealer collection that cannot be contained.  Concealers and liquid lipsticks are just my thing! So I’ve become somewhat of a (self-proclaimed) concealer & liquid lipstick connoisseur. I’ll write more on my beloved liquid lips another time, but today I wanted to write a quick updated list of my current favorite concealers (see my original lists here & here).

All the concealers below are best for covering undereye circles, except the ones marked with an asterisk (*). Those are best for hyper pigmentation on the face (i.e. acne scars, dark spots).


HIGH COVERAGE:

– *NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

– *MUFE Full Cover Camouflage Cream

– Tarte Shape Tape (review here)

– Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer


MEDIUM-LIGHT COVERAGE:

– BareMinerals Bareskin Concealer

– NYX HD Concealer

– Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer