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Ask Glinda- Zombie Edition

By Glinda

The Glinda on her bad days could give him a run for his money!

The utterly fabulous Mrs. Hall asks:

 Dear Glinda:
I was wondering if you had any tips for dark under eye circles. Mine are hereditary, i.e. not caused by lack of sleep. Although, I have a five year old daughter, a 14 month old son and a husband in Iraq. So, they are darker and more zombie like than usual.
Do you have any suggestions for some nice concealer? 
Thank you for any suggestion you might have with my zombie problem,
Mrs. Hall

Ayyyyy!  The Glinda knows exactly what the Mrs. Hall is describing, as she is the sufferer of the hereditary dark circles as well!  The Glinda had become very used to people asking her if she had allergies, or if she had gotten enough sleep, or needed a cure for her hangover, or any other half-dozen bordering upon rude comments.  The Glinda merely brushed them away like the annoying flies that they were.  She hoped, though, that one day she would discover the product that would help her.

After many years of searching for the perfect under-eye concealer, she has found it! 

The major trick to the correcting of the under eye circles is to resist the temptation to overcompensate. Often, instead of looking like the zombie, an even more jarring look is produced with colors that are too light.  This produces the unfortunate result of looking like the squirrel instead.

So what is this miracle product?  Look no further than Bare Escentuals.  The Glinda has good news and bad news about this.  The bad news is that these products are not cheap.  But the good news is that they are not horridly expensive, either.  Only mildly expensive.  More than worth skipping four lattes or so to have perfect looking skin, however.

You can simply dip your toe into the shallow end of Bare Escentuals and purchase only their concealer.  The Glinda herself uses Summer Bisque. This is an excellent all-around concealer that is applied with a brush, preferably one like this.   To those that are concerned with looking overly powdery or that it will settle into lines and creases, the Glinda will assure them not to worry. 

Or, if jumping into the deep end of the pool is more your style, you can purchase an entire starter kit, which comes in more shades than the one that is linked.  It also includes brushes, a lotion, and multiple powders for your entire face.  The kits do not include any of the concealers, which is the Glinda’s one complaint.

The powders come in many different shades, for women of all colors.  They are much more forgiving than liquids, which are harder to blend and often look like, well, like you have makeup on.   The powders appear fresher and more natural than any liquid could ever hope to look.  The Glinda has tried more than her fair share of foundations and concealers, including custom-blended ones, and Bare Escentuals is the hands-down winner.

The Glinda will be honest, the initial mucking about with pots of powders and different brushes can be a bit overwhelming when one is used to simply pouring some liquid out of a bottle and smearing it on.  After a while though, it becomes routine. The Glinda is of the humble opinion that having a flawless face to present to the world is a key element for being superfantastic!

And, the Glinda would also like to wish your husband a safe and speedy return home.

8 Responses to “Ask Glinda- Zombie Edition”

  1. raincoaster Says:

    I do believe that the daily wearing of foundation is the one thing that separates Canadians and Americans more efficiently than any merely official border could do. The only people I know who wear full-face makeup daily are A) my sister or B) Goths.

  2. Glinda Says:

    Well, the problem with the under eye circle thing is that if you go to fix it, then most of the time you have to sort of complete the whole thing.

    I think that going out and knowing your skin looks fabulous is a good confidence booster. I know that my skin has a bunch of flaws that need fixing.

    Although, it would be possible to use just the concealer, the stuff is THAT good.

  3. dgm Says:

    LOVE Bare Escentuals. I’ve never been a fan of foundation anyway, but their powder is amaaaaaaazing for evening out skin tones, and getting the color exactly right (which never happened with liquid fdn., which is why I never really used it). I can mix the deep and dark versions of the powder to get a perfect match, and it doesn’t look or feel heavy.

  4. raincoaster Says:

    Want to hear something funny? Today I did a total faceplant and am about 75% likely to have two black eyes tomorrow. I am spending tomorrow at a large blogging conference, where I have been telling all and sundry about this site. They are all gonna laugh at me now with their flawless non-zombie eyes.

  5. gloria Says:

    I also have this issue, and I love Benefit ‘Boing,’ which one may try before buying at such places as Macy’s. It’s a thick, but sheer, and pats on. I don’t wear it with foundation, doesn’t need it as it blends very well at the edges.

  6. Mrs. Hall Says:

    Thank you so much for your suggestion. I have ordered the starter kit and the special under eye concealer. I am so glad you had suggested a powder based product. I have tried so many liquid coverups and they do indeed look cakey.

    O-I forgot to mention that since my hubby has been gone I have lost 30 lbs?

    So with this new make up and my new outfits, he should have a very fabulous wife to return to!

    Thank you again, and I will keep you updated on the results!

    Mrs. Hall

  7. Glinda Says:

    Mrs. Hall, please do let me know if they work for you! I have sworn off liquid foundation 4evah because this stuff works so well for me and my uh, no longer quite youthful skin.

    And congrats on your weight loss as well!

  8. raincoaster Says:

    FYI the combo of primer, airbrush foundation, and wand concealer worked well enough nobody asked me if I’d had a nose job.

    Mrs. Hall, don’t fade away! And don’t hesitate to while away an afternoon in a department store getting a free makeover. The Laura Mercier people, they are fierce competitors with the Chanel, and so on. You can hit a counter a week and never run out of options, because in six weeks, it’s a new season and new colours.

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