This is for all you pale girls struggling to find a concealer that will actually highlight under your eyes.
I just recently bought this product with my Christmas money. I have been eyeing this for awhile and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. If you read my Everyday Makeup Routine, then you saw that I used a drug store concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the lightest shade. While that did conceal my dark circles, it wasn’t highlighting under my eyes as much as I wanted. I also own MAC Cosmetics Prolong Wear concealer in the lightest shade possible: NC15. MAC’s concealer is medium to full coverage, but personally for a day to day basis it feels really heavy. It can also cling to any dry patches you may have. While it does conceal, it does’t really give me an under-eye highlight. So, here I was stuck on the struggle bus.
I started to do some research and of course watching my daily YouTube videos. One of my favorite Beauty Gurus who is just as pale as me mentioned the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. (Now I had heard about this product from many other YouTuber’s but I didn’t want to waste my money on a product that wasn’t going to highlight my skin tone.) I got super excited and wanted to finally see if I had found the right concealer.
So clearly, I’ve spent quite a bit of money searching for the right concealer. I’m finally happy to say that NARS has done it for me. I use the lightest shade (obviously) in Chantilly. This is a crease proof formula and ideal for all skin types. Usually, for me when I hear the word radiant I cringe because I already have oily skin and this natural “radiance” isn’t something I want. But this concealer is perfect. I can’t get over how much I love it or why I hadn’t bought it before. It highlights and conceals dark circles. It doesn’t cling to the dry patches I have on my forehead, but manages to hydrate them. This product makes my skin look healthy and not cakey like the MAC concealer tends to do. The wear on it is amazing, super long wearing. While I still didn’t have the highlighted effect five hours later, it definitely still covered my blemishes and dark circles.
*(NOTE) * In my Everyday Makeup Routine you saw that I use two concealers. I still use the brightening shade by Maybelline before I apply this concealer. But I no longer feel like I have to use it, for my under eyes to be bright. I mainly still use it out of habit.
I apply under my eyes in a triangular motion, down the bridge of my nose, forehead, cupids bow, chin, and the parenthesis’ around my mouth. Since this is such a light highlighting concealer, I do apply it around my mouth to add more balance to my face (so as not to make my face to top heavy). I work the product under my eyes gently with my ring finger (I’m sure you’ve heard that the ring finger applies the least amount of pressure), mainly to spread out the product. Then, I go in with my damp Real Techniques sponge and blend everything out. (Click here to read exactly how I use my sponge.) I then set everything with a powder. The formula of this concealer says “crease proof” but honestly every under eye will crease. It’s a natural thing that can be prevented with powder. Now, I have found that if I’m too rough when I powder under my eyes it can take some of the brightness away. So I’m extra careful and use only tapping motions with my brush. Everywhere I’ve applied the concealer I set with a loose translucent powder. Setting with powder not only increases longevity but also helps to prevent creasing.
I highly recommend this product. It was well worth the money and I know I’m going to repurchase it when I run out. It has definitely become a staple in my everyday makeup.