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xmissmaryx
My under-eye area always gets caky

Lately I've been trying to hide the dark circles under my eyes but have been having next to no luck. First I moisturize, then I put on foundation primer, and then I put on a liquid coverup but it always ends up looking caky and not smooth, what am I doing wrong? Do I need a special under eye moisturizer to use first? Any tips?? I usually use a cover up brush but sometimes I use my fingers... I'm not sure if that matters or not. 

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islandqt
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hmmm... it doesn't sound like you're doing anything too detrimental... If you're having a problem with cakiness then i think that you just might be one of those people who has to add eye-moisturising as another step in your make-up prep. This of course is not a bad thing because it will ensure that you won't neglect that area of your face! You can get a nice eye cream from the Olay regenerist line or you can try one from clinique or l'oreal.

So your face is washed, you apply your eye moisturizer first, then your face moisturizer, then if you want, your primer and then if you're wearing liquid foundation you put that on first. It is always best to layer on liquid/cream concealer AFTER liquid foundation. if you wear powder foundation you put your concealer on before hand as that will do the job of setting your concealer.

Assuming you use liquid foundation. After you apply your foundation, then your concealaer, you need to go in with an under-eye setting powder. This will help your make-up to not cake-up and will set your concealer.

I recommend the Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P109911&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=5809

it comes in two shades: light/medium and medium/dark. If you need the darker shade check the Laura Mercier website instead.

If you use your fingers remember to press and pat the concealer using your ring finger  lightly into your skin. don't rub it in. I have started using a fluffy blending brush to apply my concealer and I much prefer that method because it really buffs the product in and it doesn't irritate the delicate skin under my eyes. Just make sure it's a fluffy brush that is SOFT. that's very important. You can use the brush to sweep on your setting powder under your eyes as well.

 

This is what I do so I hope that helps!!

 

Good Luck!

xmissmaryx
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What fluffy brush do you use? Where can I get it?
islandqt
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I use something similiar to the MAC 224 but by the Mark by Avon line of brushes. I didn't write it down because it's taken me a while to soften it up.
You can check out Sigma make-up website and take a look at eyebrushes # E25, E35 or the E40. They will pretty much get the job done and are probably a lot softer than what I'm currently using.
good luck!
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