Warning: I hate this picture. I'm wearing the wrong color foundation, my eyes are rimmed in red from being up all night, and I need some lip balm. [Go ahead and look. I'll wait. Ok.] Now let me put this in context:
Me (on phone): M, I need some makeup advice.
M: I hate my makeup.
Me: I need something new...something more flattering. Do you have any ideas?
M: I hate all of my makeup.
Me: Do you have a lipstick you like...maybe some mascara?
M: Currently, I hate everything I put on my face.
Me: Hunh. Me too.
M: Hunh. Yeah.
Aaaaaannnnd now you know why we need Scotti.
After this *super-helpful* conversation with M, I wandered into Sephora, intent on complaining about my makeup. The foundation was too light, and the highlighter pen wasn't making my dark circles and bags disappear, I didn't look refreshed, or more awake or happier or younger or skinnier or....(um, new mom hormones may have been playing a role here).
Anywho, the hot-pink, glossy lipped, Sephora guy took one look at me and said, "Girl. That foundation is horrible on you." And when I showed him what I had been using under my eyes? He pursed those glossy pink lips, narrowed his eyes, and explained that it was a highlighter pen, not a concealer.
Being too tired to pretend a clue, I gave him a blank stare.
He explained, with no eye rolling [and thank you for that, Mr. Beautiful Lips], that highlighter pen should not be used to cover dark circles, but to distract from them. Concealer (or foundation) should be used to cover the dark circles. So. Drawing lines (with the highlighter pen) as shown in the photo above, then blending the lines by patting them with your ring finger...actually distract the eye, and make you look a bit more refreshed.
Shockingly, it works. And passes the tip-for-the-makeup-challenged test. Also known as "Even S can do it!". [I'm talkin' bout me, S.]
1. Put foundation on - even under your eyes. After a discussion with Mr. Lips, I'm currently loving Dior's DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Creme-Gel Makeup SPF 20.
2. Apply Dior's Skinflash Radience Booster Pen as shown in pic above. Blend with your ring finger.
Look refreshed. Feel better.