So, I am going to start this blog post with a guilty confession… I am 32 and for more than half my life I have not been able to commit to throwing a discontinued Esteé American-launch only concealer stick. When I was 15, strangely the skin around my eyes started to appear thinner making veins and any darkness visible. Teachers would think I was ill and annoyingly we weren’t allowed to wear make up, although some broke the rules, I daren’t.And so when I almost ran out of this concealer (in the gold packaging), I kept it with intention to replace and what was left could only be scraped out with a make up brush. I have however since settled for Esteé Lauder’s Double Wear’s concealer, but honestly, this isn’t a patch on the original version I had which contains an Active (now illegible ingredient) and Titanium Dioxide.
So in a brief story of photos, I’m going to show you the scary before and after, although I think lighting was in my favour that day for the before shot – my eyes were darker than it appears.
I must also point out that last week I had been watching Pixiwoo’s Understand Skin Tone Using a Colour Wheel video which sent me in the right direction.
After asking around local Nuneaton shops about finding a cheap make up shop, most people recommended Karrianne’s which is similar (better in fact) than one called Xtras that I used to go to in Doncaster. I think most towns have a bargain cosmetics shop full of dupes but they are available for a similar price at Amazon with shipping thrown in.
Products Left to Right
My Old Esteé Lauder American Concealer Stick (Sorry I don’t know what it is called)
W7 Camouflage Kit Cream Concealer Palette: £2.95 on Amazon
W7 Hide ‘N’ Seek Colour Correcting Concealer Quad: £4.55 on Amazon
W7 Go Corrective Concealer in Yellow: £2.15 on Amazon
There are many other colour combinations but noticed some yellow tones in my Esteé Lauder. I didn’t take it with me to match up but when I got home, I noticed there were some pinky differences.
Here is where I used the Go Yellow Corrector on the my left eye only to show how it had instantly brightened it but with a little ashy with a greeny-muddy tone. However, to be more precise, I would apply my Lauder with my fingers and it would cream up really easily and applies very smoothly; with the Go Corrector, I do have to work slightly harder but not much but originially for these photos, I only applied using a brush.
As for any blueness around your eyes, according to Pixiwoo Beauty Channel, the most complimentary colour to counteract it would be a pinky tone with enough red in it, so I found the Camouflage kit perfect to dabble with, to mix the right colour. If you have redness around your eyes, then you would opt for green tones which can also be bought in the Hide N Seek quad set. They also say that a lot of Indian women that are really dark under their eyes use orange under their eyes which I may try as I have some similar traits and they blend it in with a concealer.
Below I am pointing at which colour I used on my left eye.
I then experimented with the new Lavender correcter, recommended by the assistant in the shop. I wasn’t convinced about this before buying but it does surprisingly change colour when applying and here’s what it looked like after.
I’m still not totally sure but do like the pinky tones in the set that I am demonstrating below and will also use the highlighter included at some point for under the brow and at the top of the cheek. Pixiwoo do suggest not to use highlighters on problem areas for the obvious reason that it will make your tricky areas stand out more but the corners of the eyes would be perfect.
Here is a demonstration below after using the deeper pinky orange tone which I must admit I prefer.
And finally, I learnt that to counteract any blueness under the eyes, then a red lipstick would give you more balance, so here is my final look below. It is miles better, but one thing I wish I had done is do the Bobbi Brown trick and use a powder as your base before applying concealer as it sticks better, but I have plenty of time to do this next time.
So overall, I’m pretty pleased with this bargain look comparing it with my old Esteé Lauder and if someone could enlighten me on what my original concealer was called, I would be incredibly greatful. I used to apply it with my fingers and it would cream up very easily.
I hope you found this useful in some way and if you have any dupe recommendations, please let me know!
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