I’m introducing a new feature today, one I’ve been thinking about for a while now (and if it doesn’t work, we’ll fuhgeddaboudit). Spending so much time hanging around makeup counters, I hear (or overhear) little useful tips from the makeup artists who work there — and I want to pass them along.
So to kick off this feature with a bang, the first tip is a “celebrity” one. A few weeks ago, Yves Saint Laurent national makeup artist Dell Ashley was doing an event in Dallas, and though I only had about 45 seconds to talk to him, he passed along a makeup insight that I found really useful.
First of all, he was horrified that I don’t use YSL’s Touch Eclat (click here for swatches): perhaps the most famous of the undereye highlighting pens. He said that concealer was really only necessary on the inner half of your undereye area, and that it might crease on the outer half. Instead he applies concealer to the inner half, and brightener on the outer half.
While I’m not following his instructions to the letter, this FINALLY illustrated for me where to put undereye highlighter when I use it. When I put it on my whole undereye area (on top of concealer), it just draws more attention to my dark circles. But when I pat it on top of just the outer half of that area, it provides exactly the right luminous, beautiful highlighting effect.
Oh, and if Touch Eclat is a little outside of your price range, almost every brand makes a brightener like this, including found-in-Target Boots, and The Body Shop (my brand; $12).