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Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

What it is:A brush-on undereye brightening cream.What it is formulated to do:Photo shoots often start early in the morning when models and celebs aren't quite looking their best, but those dark circles are now a thing of the past! With this lightweight brightener, you'll be camera ready in no time! It works to make you look your best so you'll be prepared for any photo opportunity that pops up!
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Question
Wear under or over?
Do I wear this under or over concealer and/or foundation?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Cleveland, OH)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can wear it over or under your concealer. It works well both ways!
answered 3 years ago
melissabt
answer 2
definetly over concealer.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
dayw
(flowood, MS)
answer 3
Usually, I wear this over my concealer.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
lys86
(Nashville, TN)
answer 4
I use this in place of concealer under my foundation. Sometimes, I don't even put on foundation under my eyes after using this product. It is light enough that I would think you would be able to use over your other products as well but I have not tried it that way.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
squeakster
(McKinney, TX)
answer 5
I was told by the sales girl that this is best applied under your eye before you put on concealer. I have tried it using that method and also as a mid-day brightener. Either way, it's a waste of both your time and money.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
coley33
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 6
Over foundation, under concealer works for me.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
kcoldiron
(Bowie, MD)
answer 7
wear it over the conceler/foundation
if you wear it under, there's no point in wearing it
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 8
If you want to add just a touch of glow, then put it under your foundation. If you want to highlight an area, then pat it over your foundation.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
marciejo
(Cullom, IL)
answer 9
I wear this as my only concealer, but I think either is fine.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
amiller102
answer 10
I use this over my concealer/foundation.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ktrusty
(Dallas, TX)
answer 11
Under
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tamzter
(Riverside,Ca)
answer 12
I mainly wear it on top, but for work you may want to wear it under. I think they want you to wear it over, but just experiment with what works for you.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
steeny3
(Victoria, BC)
Question
Women of Color
Would you recommend this for women of color?
asked 6 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Washington, DC)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Definitely, it's a brightener, not a concealer
answered 1 year ago
jenniferanton
answer 2
probably not because it is very light; almost the exact color of the packaging. and it seems to become lighter when blended almost like a highlight.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
lolwhat
(edmonton)
answer 3
In my personal opinion, this is a very neutral color and seems fitting for most skin types.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
kymmy345
(Stamford, CT)
answer 4
Not for concealing because it's too light. But it could look very nice on the lid or as a highlighter.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
springsupermua
(New York, NY)
answer 5
I think this would be very universal to add a glow!
answered 3 years ago
makeupmybff
(Minot North dakota)
answer 6
i think this would make a PERFECT highlighter for deep complexions. its a peachy tone with very subtle flecks of glimmer. put a little on ur cheekbones and nose and ur done. its awsome stuff.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
dayw
(flowood, MS)
answer 7
I am fair-skinned and this product works great for me. Unless it comes in a darker shade, I wouldn't recommend it. If you can go to a Sephora store and try in out in the store that would be best but based on what I know of the product, I would say no.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
squeakster
(McKinney, TX)
answer 8
unsure; they have different shades, but I'm very fair skinned, so that's why my dark circles are such a problem. Why don't you visit Sephora and try a demo in your color, walk outside into the real light, and take a look?
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 9
not sure
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
stackgirls
(mahopac, ny)
answer 10
I wouldn't recommend it for ANY women
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
nameistaken
(Los Angeles, Ca)
answer 11
i mix this with my concealer, so yes, if you are a woman of color, you could probably do the same thing and get a great result. the coverage is very sheer.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
northshoregrrrl
(mandeville, LA)
Question
This vs. Ooh La Lift
I wanted to know how this compares to Benefit's Ooh la lift. I want to brighten under my eyes but I don't know how well these products work. how do I use it? If I already have Benefit's High Beam should I even bother? Anyone's experiences with this would be great!
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
zephyrhills
(Palm Beach, FL)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I didn't like High Beam, it was too peachy and just didn't work for me. This, on the other hand, I use every day. The applicator is perfectly sized, the product goes on perfectly and is a much better product in my opinion.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
kmichellesd
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
This goes on under concealor. Ooh la Lift goes on over concealor, as a brightener mid-day after your makeup has started to wear off and needs a lift. Both are good products, but used at different times.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
dcalison
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
out of the three products oh la la lift has the most "colour correcting" capabilities. it brightens and lightens bluish or purple dark circles. also giving the eye the illusion of lift.

its not the same as this product or highbeam which are basically just illuminators and combat dullness and sallowness of the skin without sparkles- they dont have any concealing properties)

I wouldnt purchase this if you already have highbeam highlighter, they are extremely similar products (just different colours) high beam is pink. undereye op is peach/nude.
have you tried mixing a little drop of high beam with concealer on the back of your hand and apply it on the under eye? that might give a boost to your concealer.

but if your still having issues..i use a general brightening concealer pen. they are so portable and easy to use (there are tons out there all different price ranges from sephoras to clinques) they can be pretty universal and effective in covering and brightening undereye problems (and blemishes) in one product

I hope this helps
good luck!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
butterfly202021
(Canada)
answer 4
Totally keep using Ooh La Lift. I use both. The Smashbox brightener is superior to Highbeam, in my opinion, maybe because of a difference in consistency or something, esp. in terms of looking sheer and natural -- gives a fresher appearance -- but Smashbox brightenwe does NOT provide actual undereye-circle minimization or lift. Just very pretty camouflage and light refraction that I've come to love in only a couple weeks!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
elamanna
(Northern California)
answer 5
I use Ooh La Lift directly under the eye as it does have some lifting properties. Use this as a highlighter only.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
marciejo
(Cullom, IL)
answer 6
id try this..i cant live without it.. i have not used high bean as im olive skin tone and the reviews for that type of skin was not that great
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
samanthacarrie
(florham park nj)
answer 7
dont try it then. i may try your suggestion or ooh la lift if you like it so much.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
beautybydesign
(Denver, CO)
answer 8
I have some experience with these beauty products so I thought I'd tell you what I think. Oh la lift didn't really do anything for me. Instead, before I put on my eye makeup, I use Benefit's de-puffing action eye gel, because even if you're not prone to puffiness, it makes eyes look very alert. I use Smashbox photo-op under-eye brightner under my eyes and on my lids for my everyday look. Benefit's High Beam gives a glow that is dazzling, but not shy, so for special occasions I use it on my lids and my cheekbones. However, on such special occasions I still use Smashbox photo-op undereye brightner for the area under my eyes because that isn't an area that I want to call as much attention to. Hope this helps--and if you want more details, I have written reviews for Smashbox undereye brightner and Benefit de-puffing action eye gel and they're posted under the name "artemisgem." Happy beauty hunting!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
artemisgem
(Lincoln, NE)
answer 9
don't know these other products. I have dark circles, sometimes bags, sometimes puffiness, sometimes creases; I'm 56 and it absolutely works on my fair skin. Since Sephora has a generous return policy, I'd try it and see, or if you can stop in the store, use a demo.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 10
Oolala Lift was the next product I used. It's better, but I still have to use a light concealer. Really would like to find one (Boots hightlighter is awesome!) that is all in one. Actually, Artistry has a pretty good one, but I still like Boots, best.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Nanamol
(Riverside, CA)
answer 11
your ooh la lift should be fine. put a little concealer after your ooh la lift sets.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
jujubes
(los angeles, ca)
Question
How do I use this product?
I've heard so many positive things about this product so I got 1. The problem is, I don't know how to use it. Does it go on before or after concealer and/or foundation? Can it be used alone or on top of my eye cream?
asked 6 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(NY, NY)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
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answer 1
Apply a small amount to the dark area just under the eyes, be careful not to put it too low or it can accentuate puffiness. I suggest letting the product dry/thicken a good 10-20 seconds before blending it in.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
springsupermua
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I have tried it over and under. I think over shows just a tad bit more. I didn't find it great though. I will be returning it.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ibustu
(Fort Wayne, IN)
answer 3
I use it after foundation mostly.Once in awhile I use concealer first but rather seldom.It gives life to your eyes and I cannot be without it.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
sweede
(Sedona,AZ)
answer 4
i like it over consealer, i use it to highlight my cheekbones, brows anyplace i want some luminosity and dewiness. It is devine.
answered 3 years ago
makeupmybff
(Minot North dakota)
answer 5
This goes on UNDER your concealor. Do not put on eye cream in conjunction. Just put this on under your eyes, let dry, and then apply concealor as normal.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
dcalison
(Washington, DC)
answer 6
I use it on top of my overall moisturizer. I put the brush horizontally, and dab 2 rectangles in the middle of my saggy area. then I use another clean brush, and smooth it under my lashes, down my dark circle area, and feather it out just underneath the bags/sags and sides. It's perfection!!!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 7
I use it alone, but I sometimes blend concealer over it...particularly when I feel like I need more coverage. I have used this over moisturizer without a problem.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
andie5
(Tampa Bay, FL)
answer 8
The Smashbox makeup artist basically applied little dots under my eyes and rather than rub it it, she gently dabbed it in to blend. I've tried the Benefit High Beam and I personally think it was too much. This one gives you just a slight luminescence, not over the top. Hope you'll like it as much as I do.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
lina96825
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 9
I have had good luck using it as a final step in my undereye routine. I use a lighter coverage foundation all over my face (diorskin forever - it's line resistant and wonderful!), and follow with a peach color corrector under my eyes. I then put a bit of this on top of the whole thing - it really brightens up my eyes. I tried using it by itself but found the coverage was definitely not enough to deal with my dark circles. If you have less of a problem with them than I do, you might be able to use it alone, or use it just with foundation.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
ajr1
(Portland, OR)
answer 10
You should moisturize and use primer as you normally would. Smashbox makeup artists put the primer under the eye as well as the face. Then use this product to brighten the undereye/inner eye area and it also works well to put a little bit right underneath the outer part of the brow. It acts as a highlighter there. Let it set for 10-30 seconds and then put on your concealer and/or finishing powder on as you normally would.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
lyinlyon
(Boston, MA)
answer 11
I believe that you are supposed to put it on under your makeup, before you put on your foundation, powder, etc. and definitely before you put on any eye makeup. as an added bonus, it helps to make your eyeshadow stay put longer. dab a little on the bottom of your eyes and rub it in all around, including your eyelids. it's also great for your cupid's bow above your lip.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
incubrit12
(Cary, NC)
Question
Puffiness?
Does this product do anything to help miminize puffiness? Or, is it just used for dark circles?
Thanks!
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
For me it does not help with my puffy under eye bags. it might help if you have a minor dark circles.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
jadelady
(washington dc)
answer 2
It doesn't do anything for either one. It just brightens. Maybe it works on camera but, in person you are just adding some shimmer and shine.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
marciejo
(Cullom, IL)
answer 3
This really just helps with brightness. It does have a slight cooling effect, but I don't have very puffy under-eyes so I'm not sure how effective this product is at decreasing puffiness.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ktrusty
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
its not an answer to puffiness
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
samanthacarrie
(florham park nj)
answer 5
It minimizes my puffiness. I used it primarily for dark circles, but was amazed at the concealing of occaisional puffiness or creasing!!!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 6
I really don't think it works as a "concealer" per se. It's more of a "brightener" that plays with light thus reflecting darker tones from circles. I think if you are really concerned with serious circles, use it with a concealer. But in my opinion, it works great on it's own - I use a tinted moisturiser and translucent powder over top and this sets perfect.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
embylove
(Toronto, ON)
answer 7
I would say this would be more for dark circles under the eye than puffiness.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
camillechic09
(Ypsilanti,MI)
answer 8
Only as a brightner and does nothing to help puffiness.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
DaisyP
(Vancouver, Canada)
answer 9
This doesn't actually reduce puffiness; it bounces light off to simulate brighter skin so you look more rested. I think Sephora has an eye roller that reduces puffiness though so check that out:)
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
kirsys
(johnson city, tn)
answer 10
Not for puffiness OR dark circles
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
nameistaken
(Los Angeles, Ca)
answer 11
The Photo Op Under Eye Brightener has a peachy pink tone and light reflective properties to neutralize darkness around the eyes. This is not an eye cream that has long term benefits or additional ingredients for dryness or puffiness. We recommend using an eye cream or gel for puffiness before using this product.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Do I use this instead of/with Smashbox HD concealer?
I'm new to using a concealer and am wondering if i use this with the HD concealer, or instead of. Does this actually "remove" bags/circles/dark shadows (Like I understand a concealer would), or does it just make it look more luminous?
Thanks!
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
valsilph
(Canada, Ontario)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Just makes it more luminous. It provides a sheerish light-refracing pink that corrects the color of undereye circles but definitely doesn't go all the way in camouflaging them. I still use my concealer first, then foundation, then the eye brightener, blended in. It's not a before-foundation product, in my opinion. Definitely not adequate coverage to take the place of the HD concealer, but an absolutely gorgeous after-foundation brightener!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
elamanna
(Northern California)
answer 2
this product is specifically just for brightening and doesn't nessicarily cover up dark circles. i usually use a concealer first under my eyes and then apply this to brighten.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sandcastles
answer 3
It's just luminous. Put it on top of your cheekbone and around the outside of your eyes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
marciejo
(Cullom, IL)
answer 4
I use it under my concealer - I find that using the two products together does make a difference.

To really cover the dark areas under and in the inside corners of my eyes I find that I have to use too much concealer (which always ends up too heavy and settles into fine lines). With this brightener underneath the concealer (concentrating esp. on the inside corners) I find I can use less concealer and get a much more natural look.

As others have said, nothing's going to completely get rid of eye issues like puffiness, bags, dark circles and lines (outside of surgical intervention), but I do find that the combination of the eye brightener with the HD concealer comes about as close as any other product I've used.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
christi07
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 5
instead of. I only use it over all over moisturizer. I'd be afraid of too many layers starting to call attention to the area instead of concealing.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 6
Nothing removes actual bags, and this really doesn't help them. The more you highlight your undereyes, the clearer you show your bags. Use a concealer only a littttle bit light than your own skin tone. AND DON'T USE AANY POWDER THERE. It will weight the skin down and show every wrinkle you have!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Nanamol
(Riverside, CA)
answer 7
I am not sure if is removes, but my dark shadows are brightening the more I use it... it is light and doesn't crease or dry like some concealers I have used...
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
shelmy
(Eugene, OR)
answer 8
I have very, very dark circles under my eyes, and the consultant at the drugstore told me to use it with my concealer...without taking away the puffiness, it helped a lot with the dark circle, because it brigthen(?) my eye. I just got it before my graduation photoshoot and on the picture, my dark circles don't show up!!!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
ohhenri
(Quebec)
answer 9
I use my own mineral concealer and it works fine with it. It will not remove the bags under your eyes but will help conceal the dark circles. You may need to just use another eye cream to help with puffiness which you apply before applying on the makeup.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
DaisyP
(Vancouver, Canada)
answer 10
This will not cover bags or help to remove them. It should be worn under concealer to make your under eyes's skin brighter.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
lyinlyon
(Boston, MA)
answer 11
I use it under my concealer, however, as a 67 year old beauty product junkie who has tried everything and at every price...nothing will remove bags under eyes except corrective surgery, ie. cosmetic. The product will, however, give you a "more alert, awake" look. No product, so far, is a miracle...no matter how much you pay. Hope this helps! serena
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ppprrr
(denham springs, louisiana)
Question
Do you have to use foundation with this product, or can i only use this for under my eyes?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
lacysaygorgeous
(bronx, new york)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't think you need to use foundation with this product. I don't use foundation at all. Sometimes I use tinted moisturizer, but not every day. Product directions say that you need to use it before applying concealer. I get better results by using it on top of concealer.
This product does not cover under-eye dark circles, use concealer for that. This brightener adds light to your expression and gives you a fresh look. Love it!
For more advise I suggest that you take a look at videos posted in "beautyadvise" (top banner), got fantastic tips watching the "no-makeup look"
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Windermere, FL)
answer 2
No need for foundation under the product
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
skinne
(Green Bay, WI)
answer 3
I'e done both, with or without. Gives you a great dewey look.
answered 4 years ago
venticarmel
(Lakewood, Wa)
answer 4
I think you can use this w/o foundation..just blend carefully.
answered 4 years ago
bluefotos
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
if you dont need concealer, then u can use it by itself as a highlight
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
samanthacarrie
(florham park nj)
answer 6
If you normally use fondation with others then, yes.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
tshaff
(Bristol,Tn)
answer 7
I always use this in adjunct to my normal concealer. Depending on what you've got to cover up.. this just is too sheer to cover up my (moderate) circles.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
missdott
(Greenville, SC)
answer 8
don't need anything except overall moisturizer; no foundation.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 9
Its perfect to use on concealer or just the product itself. Theres no need to put on foundation
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
babyboutchy
(Ottawa, Canada)
answer 10
I use it over my eye moisturizer
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
stackgirls
(mahopac, ny)
answer 11
Hi lacysaygorgeous,
Whatever works best for you! This product is designed to be applied under and around the eyes, with or without foundation. Hope that helps!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Before or after concealer?
Does anyone know if you use this under eye brightener before you use concealer or after you put on the concealer? Can I use this without using a concealer at all?
asked 6 years, 5 months ago
hmmm84
(Chicago, IL)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Personally, I don't use concealer and only use this product and that works just fine for me. If I was using concealer, I would probably put this on first, but like I said, I'm not really sure.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
blacksilhouette
(Erie, PA)
answer 2
i use this without a concealer. I love it because it neutralizes my under eye imperfections without the feeling of a heavy concealer. But im sure you can use it on top or under your normal concealer. Just play with it and see which way suits you best.
answered 2 years ago
mshelskt
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
Yes apply first then concealer. Yes you can wear this alone.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
mga78624
(Dripping Springs, Austin, TX)
answer 4
I put this on after my concealer near the middle of my eye and blend it outwards.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
Pusher36
(Shaftsbury, VT)
answer 5
I mix the two together.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
springsupermua
(New York, NY)
answer 6
i use it after u put on concealer
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
samanthacarrie
(florham park nj)
answer 7
don't need anything else. I use an overall moisturizer first, all over my face, including nose and undereye area. Then the under eye brightener. No makeup, no concealer, just the product.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 8
you do not need concealer. it does the job itself
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
stackgirls
(mahopac, ny)
answer 9
To be used after concealer. your concealer is heavier and if applied after will do what it's supposed to do and conceal what's under it. Dot on and apply very carefully to not rub off your concealer though.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
anna1978
(Ontario, Canada)
answer 10
I think the formula's too sheer to use it alone (and there's not much color, but it won't counteract the bluish undertones). I'm still trying to figure out how to use it. (Maybe it's my stubbon skin.) When I put it before concealer, it kinda "smudges off" on my brush. When I put it after concealer, it looks too sparkly. I'm a little disappointed with this product. <sad face>
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
jdapplecider
answer 11
Usually I use this product alone without concealer. I have on one or two occasions felt like I needed more coverage so I used concealer.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
erin82
(seattle,WA)
Question
How to use with Bare Minerals?
I use Bare Minerals as my concealer/foundation. In what order should I apply my makeup and the Photo Op Under Eye Brightener?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
keno
(San Francisco, CA)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Normally I put primer/concealer first, then the photo op under eye brightener. After that, I put on B.E. foundation.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
kytara
(Hopkinsville, KY)
answer 2
I apply this before bare minerals, then use the concealer brush to apply foundation over, to blend it in and provide the coverage I need. Sometimes I cheat though...I still use a little bit of covergirl liquid concealer over this, and under my bare minerals foundation.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
kaybabe7
answer 3
HI this is tyhe last one to apply..it reflects light ..You dont want o cover it up..
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
mischievious
(San Jose , Ca)
answer 4
I would think first apply Photo Op under the eyes, and then BE products.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
sephorelle
(Bethesda, MD)
answer 5
moisturizer, makeup (avoid under eye area), concealer for facial areas (not under eye), then eye brightener under eye. the only thing under eye should be moisturizer, then eye brightener
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 6
You should use your concealer first then add this on for more brightness.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
sammmie
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 7
use under eyes after moisturizer and overall primer. i like to dab on some generous dots and then tap into skin gently. let dry! then, buff facial powder around and lightly over highlighted skin. seems to work well for me! i like to place powder foundation only wear i need it though, with a lighter touch on my dry zones.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
charity75
(seattle)
answer 8
I apply this first and then the rest of my make up ~ works well for me!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
shelmy
(Eugene, OR)
answer 9
I put on the Photo Op first then use my mineral concealer over the Photo Op. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
DaisyP
(Vancouver, Canada)
answer 10
Apply it before minerals/powders/etc and let it set :)
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
thenotice
answer 11
After moisturizing, I brush on the brightening cream, and smooth it a little with my finger. Then, just before it's dry I apply my bare minerals foundation with a large face or kabuki brush, giving a little extra attention to the under-eye area. If that coverage is insufficient, you can add a little more using a concealer or foundation brush. Finish with mineral veil! Hope that helps...
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
Roxie11
(Atlanta, GA)
Question
How to use
When do I apply this product? Should I apply my moisturizer first, then my Smashbox concealer?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
karen6
(Philadelphia, PA)
on Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
11 answers
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answer 1
HI this goes on last..Small amount works welll..
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answered 3 years, 2 months ago
mischievious
(San Jose , Ca)
answer 2
This is a great and natural looking brightener to give you dewy fresh and awake eyes (i have also used it on cheekbones too) i would apply this last no matter what makeup your putting on.
I would still hang on to your concealer though cause this stuff is really thin, it doesn't cover more pronounced discolorations.

hope this helps,
good luck!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
butterfly202021
(Canada)
answer 3
I have a lot of fine lines in this area, so I pretty much always have my eye circles moisturized with one product or another depending on time of day ; ) On top of that, I do my targeted line and pore primer first, then concealer, then foundation -- then the brightener, lightly applied. Then I use my ring fingers to gently blend the brightener with the foundation in that area. It's a pretty sheer product so I can see someone very young or not prone to bags/circles doing fine using it as a concealer, but for me, it works better as its original purpose: a brightener. And a tip --- A little goes a lonnnng way! It will totally cake if you use too much over concealer and foundation!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
elamanna
(Northern California)
answer 4
Here's how I use it: On my minimal makeup days, I moisturize & apply eye cream first, then apply Photo Op to under-eye area (then my liner, mascara, etc). On days when I am less rested and need some additional coverage of under-eye shadows, I follow the Photo Op with concealer and set my face with sheer powder. If you use the Photo Op by itself, it gives a fresh, dewy look. If you use it under concealer, it brightens the total look noticeably but you won't see the shimmer anymore.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
mercystreet
(Austin, TX)
answer 5
moisturizer, then the product. dont need makeup or any other concealer.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
sewbsquared
(Rancho San Diego, CA)
answer 6
I think it would be great for under brow, and cheekbones.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Nanamol
(Riverside, CA)
answer 7
moisturizer, concealer, then this eye brightener product. Follow with loose powder for a matte finish.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
audreym
(Boston,ma)
answer 8
Always apply your daily moisturizing routine first before putting on any makeup. You want to prep your skin (wash, toner, moisturize) and then add the makeup so it will stay on better and longer.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
DaisyP
(Vancouver, Canada)
answer 9
I've tried applying this product several ways. Here are my takes/opinions on it:

- Apply your moisturizer as normal, and then primer (optional). Then you can apply this product to your eye area and on your high points of your face: brown bone, bridge of your nose, cupids bow, chin, cheek bones, and a little on your forehead. Then apply your foundation and concealer. It will give you an all over subtle glow.

OR

- Apply your moisturizer and primer as normal. Then your foundation and concealer. Then apply this product where you want it.

Now this is all based on using a cream or liquid foundation. If using a pressed powder or loose powder foundation you'll want to always apply this product first.

I hope I helped!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
answer 10
I would recommend using it last in your eye area (after moisturizer and concealer) even though the box does say to "use before concealer," because the product is very thin and sheer, and I personally find that the Photo Op disappears if I use concealer on top of it. If you don't have dark circles, I would use it instead of concealer.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
carann1721
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 11
You probably shouldn't be using the moisturizer so close to your eye, but if it's eye friendly, I would use it on between the moisturizer and the concealer, or in place of the concealer!
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
eel1515
(Philadelphia, PA)
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