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Super minimalist makeup with NARS Soft Matte Concealer applied underneath my eyes and set with NARS Translucent Crystal Powder

I’m gonna propose something kinda crazy here regarding under-eye concealer, but if you bear with me, I think it could be worth your while. It’s something I’ve been doing pretty regularly for the past few weeks and, frankly, it’s rocking my world.

OK, here it is: instead of applying your concealer right after your foundation, do it after you do everything else — after your foundation, your eye makeup, your blush, your lips, bronzer if you wear it, etc. — all of that stuff.

Then, as the very last step in your makeup process, do your under-eye concealer.

Why have I been doing it this way?

Because I’m always looking for ways to get my makeup to look as natural as possible, and that can be a challenge in the under-eye area, you know? — especially if you have some fine lines in that area, and/or you follow a multi-step process involving color correcting and setting your color corrector with powder.

I have lines there, and the more makeup I wear underneath my eyes, the heavier it looks and, but when I wait and do my concealer as the last step, I find myself using less concealer — correction: using just the exactly right amount — because I’m able to use the rest of my look as a reference point.

I talk about using reference points a lot because they really help me use the least amount of product I need for a particular effect.

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A more dramatic look! Here I’m wearing Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in Eclair set with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder

In this case, depending on the rest of my look, I can adjust the amount of under-eye concealer I’m using to match the particular look, so if I go full-on glam, then I can go heavier with my concealer, but I’m less likely to go too heavy.

Without anything else to guide me — like, if I do it the normal way and apply my foundation, and then my under-eye concealer — I just keep putting more and more on, because I can’t tell! But when I can use the whole look as my reference point, it’s very easy to tell what the least amount of concealer that I can get away with is.

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The concealer combo I’ve been wearing on my under eye area lately: NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Macadamia set with NARS Translucent Crystal Powder

It’s just something to try if you sometimes wrestle with your under-eye concealer like I do.

Oh, and this approach definitely works better for certain types of looks than others. If you’re doing smoky liner along your lower lash lines, I would probably still do my concealer first, then do whatever smoky action I have going on underneath. And you also have to be mindful of your blending to seamlessly blend that concealer in if you have foundation on the upper parts of your cheekbones, but if you keep those things in mind, I think you’ll be fine.

Give it a go sometime. I hope it works for you. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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