Hands up if anyone's ever said to you in a kindly way, "you look really tired today." (Gee thanks. Now I'm tired and cranky.) Isn't that the worst observation ever? Well, next to "when's the baby due?" when you're not expecting.... At least we have a quick camouflage solution for weary-looking eyes. Estée Lauder's lovely makeup pro Carly Wolk is here again (see her how to cover zits video here), this time to show us how to brighten eyes fast with a fatigue-fighting makeup trick. Actually, she demonstrates two techniques in the video below; you can combine them if you like, or choose the one that works better for you. Plus Carly has advice for women who can't find a crease-proof concealer.
Here's what Carly used in the video:
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum ($75 at thebay.com and $65 at nordstrom.com)
Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter ($32 at thebay.com and $28.50 at nordstrom.com)
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye ($65 at thebay.com and $58 at nordstrom.com)
And (above) here's our lovely model Gillian before Carly's fatigue-fighter, brighten-eyes-fast trick.
And (above) here's Gillian after Carly's worked her little bit of makeup magic.
I dig both these fatigue-fighter techniques. I like starting with a serum, which sinks quickly into skin, so makeup won't slide around on top of it. And the first approach Carly demonstrated is especially good for brightening the inner corners of the eyes, which I think women omit when they're using concealer. I would use something with more pigment than a highlighting pen, though. I need more coverage.
full-coverage concealer options
Speaking of coverage, it's particularly important regarding Carly's second technique tip. Whether you're creating a tinted-moisturizer version of your foundation or concealer, it's best to start with a high-pigment, full-coverage formula so you can still camouflage those shadows. Moisturizer will thin the texture slightly and help it blend more easily into skin. Plus, as Carly says near the end of the video, the more pigment or coverage the concealer can deliver, the less you have to use. Try any of the following:
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer ($28 at thebay.com and $24 at nordstrom.com)
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Coverage Concealer SPF 35 ($28 at thebay.com and $24 at nordstrom.com)
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensitive Skin Enhancer Makeup ($48 at nordstrom.com)
Dermablend Cover Creme ($38 at skinstore.com)
Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation ($16 at cinemasecrets.com)
What do you think? Do you use an eye serum? Do you have a foolproof concealer trick for brightening your eyes in a flash? Do you use a high-pigment, high-coverage concealer? If yes, tell! What's your go-to?
Check out our other makeup-tutorial videos with Carly Wolk:
How to cover a zit (with a hug and a kiss)
Two ways to fill in thin brows (without overdoing it)
How to create lifted cheekbones (without going contour-crazy)