Reader Q&A: Why does my concealer emphasize what I want to hide?

Posted 03/14/11 at 06:20PM by Terri Apanasewicz

Reader Question: When I apply under-eye concealer it emphasizes the fine lines there! How can I make it conceal the lines and circles instead of emphasizing them?



"We mostly need concealer on the inside corner of the under-eye area," advises celebrity makeup artist Terri Apanasewicz who explains that the inner corner is where most people have the majority of discoloration. (It's also an area that has fewer lines and crinkles than the area beneath the outer edge of the eye that wrinkles when we smile.)

If you have discoloration on the outer edge where wrinkles tend to aggregate, Apanasewicz suggests that you "find a product that is highly pigmented so you can use less and, therefore, there will be less to settle into your fine lines." (Try DermaBlend Smooth Indulgence Concealer, $30.) Another option is to go for a light-reflecting concealer that will give the illusion that your fine lines are less pronounced. (Try CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Under Eye Concealer, $7.29.) Also, as you age, it's a good idea to avoid using powder altogether as it settles into wrinkles and only serves to accentuate them. (Here are more makeup tips to help you look years younger.)

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1-6 of 12 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 08:43am

    Thanks

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 01:30pm

    After twenty years of concealers that did not conceal, I found the Tarte Maracuja Concealer. It is very opaque, stays put all day, has matches for almost all skin tones, and does not fall into the fine lines and wrinkles. 20 years! Yikes! The right concealers are the most difficult thing to find.

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  • Posted by ladyboarder9669 on 01/28/12 at 03:58pm

    I've had this problems for years then i finally found the concealer that was the perfect shade. Now I can successfully cover up want I want to cover up!

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 12/21/11 at 08:37am

    thanks

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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/06/11 at 12:48pm

    Very useful information

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/21/11 at 10:47pm

    I tried CoverGirl concealer back in high school, and it did nothing for me. I currently use and love MAC's ProLongwear concealer.

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