One of the biggest insecurities for women related to skin are dark circles and pigment spots (melasma). Pigmentation around the eyes can have several causes (from lack of rest to genetic inheritance) and can look different from person to person. It can also indicate certain health conditions (for example, of the adrenal glands), lack of sleep, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.
Melasma can occur throughout life as a result of events such as: unprotected exposure to the sun and artificial UV rays, inappropriate skin treatments, pregnancy or other hormonal causes. But generally the problem is sun exposure without using a cream sunscreen.
Below I have prepared a video in which I show you what is my technique for camouflaging these imperfections through makeup. I developed this technique over time, and last summer when M. was my client at a make-up session, I was convinced that it works great and that I have to share it with you. M.'s story is simple: 8 years ago he underwent a skin treatment, and on the recommendation of the dermatologist he used retinol, but without applying SPF cream every day. Because the doctor didn't tell her and she didn't know at the time. The result was that in a few years her skin filled with blemishes. Sun spots form in the depths of the skin and as time goes on they increase and come to the surface. So if this year you wake up with a stain that was not visible last summer, you should know that it did not appear overnight, but that it took a long time to come to the surface.
My stain or dark circles coating technique has three steps and they are all very important:
- camouflage - means to use a concealer (read the article differences between concealer and concealer) in a darker shade over the spots (salmon, brick, olive, etc.). Never put a light concealer over a pigmented stain because it will further accentuate the area and make it look gray.
- smoothing shade with a high coverage foundation (to have a dark concealer coverage). This step is just to create a clean base, ie a complexion without imperfections.
- LIGHTING desired areas. If you like to have a brighter area under the eyes, now is the time to use a lighter concealer.
But to better understand what I explained above, I have prepared a video in which I used Andreea from A beauty Tale as a model. Halfway through I used the products from my make-up artist kit, and halfway through I tried to use only affordable products to give you a cheaper alternative.
List of used products
- Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme (Kryolan products can be found at Topline)
- Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (but also use Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Make-up or Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Foundation)
- Mac Studio Fix 24 hour liquid concealer
Mass market products:
- Yves Rocher Zero Default - Doree moyen nuance stick corrector
- Revlon Colorstay foundation (I also use Vichy Dermablend)
- Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser