Here’s the thing about undereye concealer: it’s secretly the workhorse of your entire beauty cabinet. I can feel like I look fine without mascara, without blush, without foundation even — so long as I’m wearing concealer.
And yet, for a long time, I didn’t use it at all. I couldn’t find one that I liked, and I never quite knew how to blend it in properly. I tended to dot it thickly in small places, where it would look totally unnatural and stick out just as much as whatever I was trying to cover up. Benefit’s Erase Paste was basically a godsend for me — billed as “Industrial Strength” concealer, it’s basically a miracle worker. (I use shade 2, Medium.)
So I wish I’d had this video way back when, it would have saved me some serious time. Two basic tips: 1) Pat the concealer, don’t rub it, to blend it in, and 2) Use it in a broader area on your face than you think. It seems counter-intuitive, but the more area you cover (lightly), the more natural it will look.
I was at a Q&A with a professional makeup artist a few months ago, and when someone asked how to best cover undereye circles, literally every girl in the group nodded. For something that’s such a universal problem, it’s surprising how little people talk about it! But I’m not afraid to admit on the days I want to look flawless or camera-ready (or on the days I haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before), this is my go-to method.
PS — Sorry my hair is such a disaster in this video! I let it air dry without any styling, and it could have used a little touch-up too.