Every time I try to do my makeup like a celeb, I’m always confounded by one teeny tiny detail: they have ZERO bags under their eyes. Please, to observe:
I’d just like to point out that all of these women are over 30 (or 40). But look! The skin under their eyes doesn’t have a trace of blue or purple. The only bags these women are carrying have little LV’s all over them. Now, let’s be honest: NOBODY’s eyes are like that in real life. All of the starlets in Hollywood, however, have figured out that perfect undereye skin is the key to looking fresh and gorge.
I’ve tried a bunch of different undereye coverups, but I’ve never been able to find one that I like. They’re all either too cakey, or too yellow, or too sheer. Take, for example, bareMinerals well-rested coverup.
Now, look. I love bareMinerals. I couldn’t live without their foundation. And we’ve talked about their eyeshadow before. But well-rested, in my humble opinion, sucks nards. It’s soooo yellow, and I think that powder directly under the eyes looks dry and cakey. Plus, what’s with the fact that they don’t offer any other shades? This color is almost too pale for ME, and my skin is eggshell-white on a good day. I can’t imagine what you olive- or dark-skinned chicas would do with this.
Well, friends, after years of searching, I have found The One. It is so amazing, so effective, that I am officially declaring it to be The Most Amazing Makeup Product I’ve Ever Used.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat pen. It comes in four colors – I got 1: Luminous Radiance (for fair/light/medium complexions with pink undertones). But before we go any further, I have to come clean with you. This little pen costs $40. I wouldn’t have even CONSIDERED buying it if I didn’t have a Sephora gift certificate in my hot little hands. Now that I’ve used Touche Eclat, though, I’m telling you: you get what you pay for. Still, that’s a lotta dough in this economy so maybe put it on your wish list.
It looks expensive, doesn’t it?!
I also love how it dispenses the makeup. It has a brush on the end (a la Stila lip gloss) but it uses the same mechanism as a click-pen to get it out. The result is that, unlike the Stila lipgloss, you’re not sitting there for ten minutes waiting for the makeup to appear at the tip of the brush. Instant gratification.
But you don’t really care what the packaging looks like; you just want to see it in action. First, a wee disclaimer: I don’t have Photoshop or any photo editing software on my computer, so these pictures are pretty raw. My pores are visible, to my horror. Also, I don’t have a nice SLR camera and since I was taking the photos myself they’re not perfectly composed. Okay. Here’s my left eye without any Touche Eclat on it:
(I also have a mole under my eyebrow on that eye. Don’t judge. When I was little I always thought it was peanut butter because it’s the exact same color as peanut butter when I don’t have makeup on.)
Annnnd….here’s my right eye WITH Touche Eclat on it!
Not convinced? Compare them side-by-side.
The eye without any Touche Eclat beneath it makes me look like I got punched in the face! And let’s be clear: I’m not one of those people with noticeable bags under my eyes. When I’m not wearing makeup, I don’t look very haggard. But what a difference this stuff makes! The best part is that you don’t have to put a ton on – it took me about 30 seconds to brush it under my eye and blend with my fingertip. That’s a winner in my book.
I’m wearing bareMinerals eyeshadow in Disco and Night Owl, by the way. They’re both GORGEOUS colors and I would dump some on your face right now if you were sitting here with me.
Here’s a photo of me that was taken on Friday night (not the same day as the photos above). I like to think that my bags are as invisible as those of the starlets I showed you earlier.
Pardon the frizzy hair. It was a humid night.
Do you use coverup on your undereye area when you wear makeup? What kind do you use?