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#1 gruidae

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:31 PM

Help - neither DP or myself have ever used or bought makeup. She is a casual nightshift worker and yesterday an edict came out from on high that if a manager decides you "look" sick, you can be sent home with no pay until you provide them with a clean Covid test - which she won't be eligible for unless she can come up with a way to fake a fever. Which means she can arbitarily sacked on how she looks, basically.

She always has dark circles, mostly due to the hours she works. So today we went out and bought concealer - matched to the skin tone on her hand with the tester in the chemist. It's like a stick in a tube, like lip balm.But now she's trialled it - and it looks like she has two big stripes under her eyes, no matter how hard she rubs it to blend. How is this done, how does it work?

#2 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:34 PM

could she try blending it a bit with a moisturiser? that could dilute it a bit, and - i get that she doesn’t normally wear makeup, so you may not have any at hand, but a bit of tinted moisturiser on the rest of the face could work as well, apply the stick concealer really sparingly to the eye area (blend with moisturiser) and also maybe to the nose area, and skin around each nostril ...if it’s red (they may accuse her of needing to blow her nose).

Edited by Lucrezia Bauble, 07 March 2020 - 07:35 PM.


#3 Datrys

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:38 PM

Less is more.  Start with just a tiny bit (especially if you're not used to it) and work that in; add more if need be.  Blending it with a bit of moisturiser can help.

Concealer isn't usually used on its own; you might also find that a light bit of tinted moisturiser over the whole face goes a long way in evening the colour out.

ETA: Snap, LB!

Edited by Datrys, 07 March 2020 - 07:38 PM.


#4 José

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:39 PM

As above. Try with a cc cream.

#5 gruidae

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:41 PM

 Lucrezia Bauble, on 07 March 2020 - 07:34 PM, said:

could she try blending it a bit with a moisturiser? that could dilute it a bit, and - i get that she doesn’t normally wear makeup, so you may not have any at hand, but a bit of tinted moisturiser on the rest of the face could work as well, apply the stick concealer really sparingly to the eye area (blend with moisturiser) and also maybe to the nose area, and skin around each nostril ...if it’s red (they may accuse her of needing to blow her nose).
Thank you. Hmm,,,, it's like a gateway drug, one product leads to needing to buy another, lol. Right now she look like Donald Trump with different colour around the bottom of her eyes.

#6 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:46 PM

 gruidae, on 07 March 2020 - 07:41 PM, said:


Thank you. Hmm,,,, it's like a gateway drug, one product leads to needing to buy another, lol. Right now she look like Donald Trump with different colour around the bottom of her eyes.

well, we could try to make a political comment out of that and say it hasn’t ruined his career! oh to have the confidence of a white, middle aged man...

as Datrys wrote, less is more...with a stick applicator sometimes i think it’s better to dab the product on to your fingers...then apply to the affected area, but a base of moisturiser (preferably tinted) would be good here....


#7 Ozquoll

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:53 PM

I'd try a colour corrector rather than a concealer - dark under eye circles are usually purplish, so get a yellow/orangey colour corrector to disguise them.

#8 nom_de_plume

Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:58 PM

 Ozquoll, on 07 March 2020 - 07:53 PM, said:

I'd try a colour corrector rather than a concealer - dark under eye circles are usually purplish, so get a yellow/orangey colour corrector to disguise them.

This. NYX has an affordable product (available at Priceline or online) called 'dark circle concealer'. It's a peachy salmon colour in a pot.

She can put a small amount on her ring finger and gently apply in a semi circle under her eyes. The warmth from her fingers will help blend the product.

Edited to correct the name of the product!

Edited by nom_de_plume, 07 March 2020 - 08:00 PM.


#9 qak

Posted 07 March 2020 - 08:01 PM

WTF about the effing manager???
Is DP in a union, that's ridiculous?

#10 MadMarchMasterchef

Posted 07 March 2020 - 08:22 PM

 Ozquoll, on 07 March 2020 - 07:53 PM, said:

I'd try a colour corrector rather than a concealer - dark under eye circles are usually purplish, so get a yellow/orangey colour corrector to disguise them.

I was going to say that I find orange dark circle cream works better for me. Not that I can be bothered to do makeup unless Im going somewhere special.

I agree with pp that's an incredibly unfair working condition!

Some people are more genetically prone to dark circles.  Supposedly giving up coffee helps but yeah I cant imagine that would be easy for a shift worker.




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