A glowing appearance is what us gals strive for when it comes to our skin as a result of the finished product following our daily makeup routines. That, and a killer contour – can I get an AMEN! That “glow” can already be coveted naturally by factoring in making an effort to lead a healthy, active lifestyle by taking care of your body through modified nutrition (cutting out the burgers, etc., and opting for more greens instead), and becoming more physically active through maintaining a steady exercise program. Also a big one, proper sleep. These simple changes can lead to a more fresh and re-energized complexion which alone will ignite that “lit from within” look we all want. The second motion to obtain or enhance this said glow is of course achieved through a bomb set of products. And it all starts in the heart of the face.
The general eye area is both the narrator and the traitor that hangs any and all of your (dirty) laundry out to dry, and more often times than not does concealer not do the trick by providing the coverage we all desperately need. This is especially more of an issue for us girls who unfortunately were doomed by genetics where our under-eye area is slightly more darker and invasive than for others making it seem we’re beyond exhausted 24/7 while maybe we just slept for over 10 hours the 5 nights before. I mean, if your dark circles still relentlessly protrude from underneath a famously hailed full coverage concealer/highlighter, then you know you’ve got a battle on your hands that requires more heavy artillery.
At a certain point in my life I came to accept that what was handed down to me from the gene pool was a set of dark blue circles, and no matter what I did pertaining to my lifestyle, they would not let up. So, besides changing my diet and physical activity, I went about researching products and techniques that would hopefully lead me on a path of where I didn’t look like I had two permanent bruises hovering on my face. Many, many, (can you hear me shed a tear from here?) dollars later, I came to terms that no corrector, concealer, MUA secret trick, would relieve these suckers. And having been torched by some pretty renown products in the past, you can only imagine that I have been severely skeptical towards under-eye correctors.
Recently I made the discovery of the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($30) which after reading the description made some pretty hefty promises as a corrector that instantly brightens the under-eye area. Always on the hunt to prove myself right because there is literally no better feeling in the world, I decided to go out on a limb and purchase it anyway. Because Yay for Sephora’s flexible return policy, right? I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a fan of a corrector/concealer residing in a pot simply because they are cream-based and always turn out to be too heavy to remotely wear or even spot-treat with. It’s some seriously fierce by the end of hour 1 you’re ready to be recruited by the circus type shit. My god, the creasing. And naturally when I opened the jar and was staring down at what looked like dense pink butter, I instantly feared for my poor mug and the settling that would ensue from using the product.
Was I wrong.
The product itself is kind of heavy and pretty thick almost making it difficult to apply or blend, so after a few trial and error cases I finally figured out the perfect strategy to apply this pure amazingness. And just a forewarning, you will need a Beautyblender ($20) for this because it is the only way that this will remotely work and turn out into perfection once you set your makeup.
First, I take my Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush which comes in their Starter Kit ($17.99) and that has a multitude of purposes but I found that it works like a dream for this particular step. Applying in a less-is-more approach with a dabbing motion, I start where the area is the most dark so it instantly corrects and neutralizes the zone where shadows tend to emphasize the circles even more. Taking it all the down alongside my nose and then where my nostrils end I draw upwards into an inverted triangle shape ending the session at approximately the outer corners of my eyes. Make sure to fill in the triangles with leftover product from the brush (or your ring finger) so it is ready to be blended into the skin – this will reflect light upwards eliminating shadows and darkness.
Second, using a very wet Beautyblender, and I mean wet, I stipple the product into my skin using the good ole bouncing motion with the pointy side of the sponge. For the blending portion it’s absolutely pivotal that your BB is pretty much almost soaked as this will blur the corrector into the skin smoothly absorbing any unnecessary remnants – you know you’re done blending when all surface product looks even with your face and gives off almost a dewy finish prepping it for the actual concealer step.
Then using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($28) in the shade Light-Neutral I retrace the inverted triangles exactly to a small detail, and once again using the BB as wet as I can blend out the concealer before setting it using the yellow/beige-based powder from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette ($46). Chances of creasing? Absolute zero.
This stuff has become a must for me since I figured out how to play with it nicely and it actually works the way I would desire any corrector to function. It’s great quality for the price, provides the coverage I personally need, and I think it has been served me better than any other highlighter I’ve tried in the past. My skin looks fresh, bright, and dewy, do I dare say flawless?