Hey, friends! We’re taking a break from fashion to talk about my new under eye routine for aging skin.
These products and techniques have made a huge difference in the appearance of fine lines in that area and how my concealer wears throughout the day.
I’ve been struggling with my under eye area for a while now. I’ve developed some pesky eye bags and puffiness, for one thing. But I also have some dark areas, not just under my eyes, but on the sides by my nose as well.
Over the past few years, I’ve tried a couple of different concealers, which I’ve shared with you. They cover okay, but I’ve noticed they tend to break up throughout the day and cause a lot of creasing, making that under eye area look almost worse than if I ditch the concealer and just bring my foundation up into that area.
I started poking around to try and find a solution that doesn’t require surgery or injections… not that I’m morally opposed, I’m just not quite there yet!
Anyway, I started watching some of Angie’s videos over at Hot & Flashy, and I came up with this under eye routine.
If you don’t know of her, she is a wealth of information for how to care for mature skin (she’s in her 50s.) I highly recommend her videos if you need skincare or makeup advice.
The very first step, of course, is a morning skincare routine. I will admit, I often skip this step. Or, at least, I do the bare minimum — splash water on my face and apply a moisturizer with sunscreen.
I always do the whole rigmarole in the evenings (you can see my nighttime skincare routine here) but I rarely wash my face again and do a whole routine in the mornings. Although I recently started using this CBD Face Oil before my sunscreen, to help moisturize and reduce redness. And if I think of it, sometimes I apply this Retinol Supreme Eye Serum.
But lately, I’ve started being more intentional about a morning skincare routine. I’ll start with this Replenix Gentle Antioxidant Soothing Cleanser I got from my dermatologist, as green tea is soothing and helps reduce redness, and then I will follow up with the CBD Face Oil and then my Jan Marini Antioxidant Face Protectant. It’s a moisturizer with sunscreen built in.
I’ve been using that Jan Marini cream in the mornings for years, and I get it from the spa where I go for facials, but I recently ordered the EltaMD face and body sunscreen, at Angie’s recommendation. It’s a mineral sunscreen, which is more gentle on the skin, and it’s also tinted, so it helps with color correction, and I have a lot of redness as well as melasma to cover up.
I don’t know if it will be as moisturizing as the Jan Marini, so I may need to add a morning moisturizer to my routine if I switch to that for my sunscreen, but I will report back on that.
But that’s for my face, not the under-eye area.
The first NEW product I recently added to my under eye routine, and one that I think has made a huge difference already, is this Colorescience Total Eye 3-In-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 — a tinted sunscreen and treatment cream specifically for the eye area.
Protecting the eye area from sun damage is super important, and a mineral based sunscreen is less irritating to that delicate eye area than the more common chemical sunscreens.
This product also has moisturizers and hyaluronic acid, which helps plump up that area and reduce puffiness, and it also has a color corrector in it. It immediately starts to brighten up the eye area, and I apply it under my eyes and into my lids as well.
I use my finger to apply this, not the metal applicator. A little goes a long way with this product. You don’t want to use too much, or will settle into your wrinkles.
And here’s something new I’ve learned from Angie. Evidently sunscreen needs time to set up before applying other products — like 15 to 20 minutes. I have NEVER done that. I usually start my foundation or concealer immediately after applying my sunscreen.
So lately, I do try to allow some time before moving onto the next step, which is a makeup primer.
The primer is an important step because it helps prevent your under eye concealer from breaking up throughout the day, which is the biggest issue I’ve had in the past with concealers.
I use the same primer all over my face and in the under eye area, and I’m currently using one Angie recommends — this Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer.
The original Laura Mercier Foundation Primer seems to be sold out, but I have been really happy with this one. I used to use the original one many years ago and always liked it, so I was happy to rediscover it. You can find this primer at Sephora, Nordstrom, Amazon, and others.
Angie recommends not using a silicone primer, which can cause makeup to slide around, and the Laura Mercier one says right on it, silicone-free.
After the primer, I apply my foundation, but I’m careful not to get it into the eye area. Using too many products also causes makeup to settle into fine lines and wrinkles, and I’m going to be using a concealer, so that will be enough coverage on top of the tinted sunscreen.
The other NEW product I added to my routine is the Lancôme Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer, and I love it. It’s so much more lightweight than the ones I’ve used in the past.
I had to totally guess at color because I ordered online, and I went with the 220 BUFF (LIGHT BUFF). It seems to be working out alright. The idea is to go a shade or two lighter than your foundation.
I use a concealer brush to apply, and then I press it into my skin lightly with my fingers. Less is more here, as well.
You want to start by applying at the inner corners of the eye, and gently press outward, without getting too much into the crow’s feet, because it can settle in and make them more noticeable. Focus on the areas where you have discoloration.
Okay, finally! No, we’re not done yet.
This was a totally new concept to me too, but Angie swears by setting your concealer with a mattifying setting powder. This is especially helpful for reducing the appearance of eye bags.
Again, a little goes a long way, and you want to gently press it on, not swipe it on, like you may do on the rest of your face.
And that’s it!
At this point, I’m done with the under eye area and ready to move on to eye shadow, liner, mascara, etc. But that’s a post for another time!
Yes, it’s a lot, but once you get used to it, it doesn’t add that much time to your makeup routine, and the results (for me, at least) are well worth it!
I can’t believe how much better my under eye area looks and how much better the makeup holds up throughout the day.
If you have any other tips for the under eye area, let us know!
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photos: Alison Cornell