Applying concealer to more mature skin isn’t just an issue of makeup savvy, it’s also about skincare. As we get older our skin tends to get drier, especially in already delicate areas like the under eye. This, in turn, can cause concealer to highlight lines rather than disguising them, and ultra-matte, long-wear formulas are particular culprits, leading to concealer that appears thick and cakey on the skin. To combat that makeup artist Vincent Oquendo recommends choosing creamier formulas that are designed to give a more radiant finish—it will not only help skin look and feel smoother and more hydrated, it also makes them easier to blend so you get your perfect amount of coverage.
Another key step in making your concealer look flawless, Oquendo says, is pre-makeup prep.
“Surface dehydration is usually a huge issue for most of my clients with more mature skin which is why I lean into my skincare prep. One of my absolute kit staples is the new Lumify Eye Illuminations Hydra-Gel Brightening Eye Cream. It pampers and moisturizes my clients under eye area with a unique blend of optic brighteners and nourishing, firming ingredients, like niacinamide, vitamin C, caffeine and hyaluronic Acid so it’s perfect for under eye makeup.”
Of course, excess moisture can lead to creasing, so to combat that and find the ideal balance, Oquendo suggests applying an eye cream, then gently blotting before applying your concealer on top. If you want extra insurance, a touch of powder will do the trick. “I will usually apply the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder for Under Eyes to set my concealer,” he says.