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How to Prevent Concealer From Creasing

How-To: Stop Concealer From Creasing and Caking

Creasing, caking eye makeup is a sure-fire way to highlight every fine line and wrinkle and make you feel minus $1 million and totally sucky. But luckily, there are a few trickster techniques you can employ to avoid the cracks from settling in. We've already covered making sure your foundation's a smoother operator, so now, let's move on to preventing under-eye caking . . .

Prep: Apply a light layer of a lightweight gel or gel/cream moisturiser, like Estée Lauder Hydra Complete Multi-Level Moisture Eye Gel Creme ($78) or Olay Age Defying Series Revitalising Eye Gel ($16.99).

Choose the right colour: If you're wearing the wrong kind of concealer, it can actually create a caked-on effect. Pick one with a lightweight, creamy texture, such as NARS Concealer ($52), in a colour about one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. As a general rule of thumb, if it looks ashy on, it's probably too light, but if it doesn't brighten enough, it's probably too dark.

Keep reading . . .For really dark circles: If you have dark circles, consider applying a peach corrector first to counteract the greenish-purple tones. Layer on more as needed, remembering to let the product dry in between applications. A concealer in a tone one shade darker than your skin tone can sometimes blend in with darker circles more naturally.

Apply: Using a small tapered brush, start at the darkest part of the under-eye area and lightly tap on concealer. Pat with your ring finger to help set.

Touch-ups: To refresh your concealer throughout the day, a little dab of eye cream will bring it back to life, helping to redistribute any runaway product.

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