Its that time of the year that I am burning the candles at both ends. I am on set every day on shoots, trying to blog in around my schedule as well as birthdays and parties I have to say I am pretty exhausted. Concealer is one of those products that I can’t live without apart from mascara to cover up those dark circles and make me look fresh and awake.
This week I am sharing some basic makeup tips this is the third instalment for the week. A lot of women I come across don’t even use concealer, its one item that is key in my personal kit and one that is key for my work. So in this post I am going to break it down for you on where to conceal on your face and the difference before and after. Concealer literally takes away the darkness, redness and any blemishes creating the illusion of flawless fresh looking skin:
Here is me with foundation and no concealer as you can see I suffer from darkness under my eyes:Here you can see where I have applied the concealer under the eyes, around the nose, at the top of the nose, around the mouth:Then blend everything in combining fingers and apply to cheeks to cover any pigmentation or blemishes and under the brow bone to create a more natural highlight:
Then add a bright lipstick and there you go a fresh looking face:Tips:
Go for a concealer 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin under your eyes, around your mouth, under the brow bone and at the top of the nose to create the light effect, but when working around the nose and on your cheeks use the same shade to match in with foundation as you don’t want areas where there is redness or blemishes to stand out because its lighter than your foundation.
Remember your skincare is really important especially under your eyes, you need a good hydrating eye cream before you apply otherwise the under eye area will be dry and the concealer won’t blend in giving you that fresh look.
Products I used was the Rimmel Wake Me Concealer and the Mac Pro Conceal and Correct Palette.
Creating a flawless looking complexion starts before you apply any creams or make up. You need to follow a beauty routine that will help keep your skin smooth that when it comes to applying foundation it glides over your skin. The key is exfoliating so as to ensure all the dead skin is removed.If you suffer from dry skin exfoliating is important as it will take the flakes of skin away. One of my personal favourites is Dermologica Daily Microfoliant its gentle on your skin but also great if you suffer from pigmentation.
Depending your skin type make sure you moisturise or apply a primer to your skin. So if you are like me and have combination skin I use a moisturiser before applying my foundation. If you suffer from oily skin use an oil free primer like Laura Mercier or Smashbox to slow down the process. If you have dry skin pick a really hydrating moisturiser like dr Haushka’s Day Rose Cream.
When choosing your foundation again it all depends on your skin type. My personal preference is a liquid foundation to really give a glowing finish and there are all different types out there so you need to spend time depending on your budget trying foundations out. Ask for a sample or take the tester and apply and go out into natuarl daylight. Make sure the colour matches your chest and blend down into your neck.
Depending on the type of coverage you want depends on the type of brush you use or work it in with your hands. Buffing brushes and stippling brushes are great for a lighter coverage . Then other foundation brushes will give a more medium/full coverage.
Concealer can be done either before or after applying foundation. I normally apply it after the foundation then I can see what areas need more coverage. My favourite is Bobbi brown creamy concealer but again choose one that you feel comfortable with and that works with your skin. Take a small concealer brush and blend in concealer under the eyes, around the nose and any areas that there is redness.
Finish the flawless look with a finishing powder. Personally I prefer the translucent powders but its all about personal preference as long as the powder you are using is the same colour as the foundation and not too heavy as it can go terribly wrong.
Hope you enjoyed the post.
There are a lot of concealers on the market and it can become confusing on which one is right for you. Make up will never last all day even if its really expensive. The KEY to concealer and foundation is finding the right product for you and your skin type. Some girls struggle with concealer creasing more than others and no concealer will magically stop this from happening. However there are ways to get the concealer to last a little bit longer and using the right powder to set it.
For girls that struggle with creasing under the eye try opt for a concealer with a lighter consistency and not to use such a creamy concealer that is more than likely going to crease. Products like Touche Eclat that now have 7 shades or Mac Studio finish concealer are a good option . My favourite setting powders are either Mac Prep and Prime or Daniel Sandler Invisible blotting powder because they are light. Some powders are too heavy on the skin. Try opt for a translucent powder (as seen in my previous post on how to prevent shiney skin).
Concealers that I love are Bobbi Brown ( best across the board concealer) , Mac foundation sticks (especially for dark skin tones), Estee Lauder illuminating concealer (best for fair skin), Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage (magic and used by a lot of international make up artists), Touche Eclat by YSL is more of an illuminator will not cover really dark circles but can be used on its own or in conjunction with a concealer, Benefit Boi-ing concealer ( has 5 tones and is great for covering dark circles).