Try using a face powder as bronzer :)
Since some bronzers are “universal” shades and don’t necessarily work on everyone i’d recommend using a face powder 2 - 3 shades darker than your skin tone as a bronzer! This way you can guarantee it will work with your skin tone and it won’t be orange toned like some bronzers. Face powders
You can use any face powder really but I’d recommend trying one of the Loreal True Match powders because they are easy to blend out and come in cooler shades.
To cover up dark under eye circles it’s best to use two popular methods
- Color Correcting
- Triangle Method
To color correct the under eyes which are usually purple/blue you want to use a salmon, pinky/peach corrector under the eyes. This will prevent layering on a bunch of concealer trying to cover up the dark circles. You want to use a corrector shade under your concealer or on it’s own if the orange/peach tint isnt that strong. Using a peachy shade is the opposite of blue/purple on the color wheel so when used together it creates a neutral shade, yes makeup is an art! lol
You can even use an orange based concealer like the NYX Concealer in a Jar in Orange ($5) or something yellow like Maybelline Stick Concealer in Yellow ($5). Look for any concealer that leans a little more peach or pink.
The Bobbi Brown Corrector, which comes in a few shades, has a peachy/salmon tint to it making it great for blue/purple under eye bags. Benefit Erase Paste is also a great salmon toned concealer.
The triangle method is a way of applying concealer so it brightens and lifts the face. Try using a concealer a shade or two lighter than your skin tone in a triangle under your eyes. When using a concealer lighter than your skin tone you want to bring it down a little further than normal so it doesn’t look oddly light directly under your eyes, you want a gradient transition from light to dark.
Being in my 20’s I’m really into taking preventative measures as well! Using an eye cream even in your younger years will help your under eye area stay moisturized so your concealer will go on more smooth and flawless. If concealer looks cakey under the eyes it may be because your under eye area is too dry.
When you’re younger your skin is more firm and tight and as you age your skin elasticity fades and your face will begin to sag and wrinkle so you want to keep your skin moisturized! This counts for under the eyes as well. I don’t use anything too fancy under the eyes just a simple, moisturizing eye cream to keep my under eyes moisturized so the skin under my eyes will stay tight and hydrated into my 30’s and so on. Even if your under eyes and face aren’t necessarily dry it’s great to moisturize day and night so the skin stays firm and supple. Once you get a little older you can start using more intense eye creams for wrinkles and such.
Some great basic, hydrating eye creams are
- Origins Eye Doctor Moisture Care $35
- Clinique All About Eyes $30
- Burts Bee’s Intense Hydration Eye Cream $18
- Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Rich Hydrating Eye Cream $15 (available at Target)
- The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream $18 (currently on sale for $10 online!)
Lastly, as an eye cream noob it’s good to know how to apply eye cream. Eye cream should be applied last after moisturizer, serum, toner, etc. You want to apply eye cream in a gentle tapping motion to blend not swiping or rubbing which can tug on the skin and actually cause wrinkles. It’s also great to bring it all around the eyes starting from under the eyes to the side up to the brow bone. Bringing eye cream up to the brow bone will keep the skin and eye area lifted so your eyes don’t sag later on in life :)
Have you tried the Colorstay for dry/normal skin as opposed to the one for oily/combination skin? It’s long wearing but a tad more moisturizing and forgiving :)
You might also want to try
- Revlon Colorstay Whipped (almost melts into the skin during the day, not as drying)
- Maybelline Superstay
- Garnier BB Cream for oily/combination skin
- Loreal True Match
You might also want to try mixing a little moisturizer with your Revlon Colorstay on the back of your hand to help make it little more moisturizing!
Yes you can call it a contour stick! Really popular for contouring since it’s super easy to place in the hollows of the cheek and around the face.
You can use a foundation stick, concealer stick or a stick product made specifically for contouring. You just want to make sure to get a more cool toned shade if youre choosing a stick concealer or foundation, stay away from anything too warm and yellow toned. Some great affordable contour sticks are
NYX Wonder Sticks (new) which comes with a highlight and contour shade.
Loreal True Match Concealer Crayon. Great because you can get a N shade shade for a more cool toned contour instead of a W shade for a more orange contour.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. More expensive but has a few more deeper shades than others.