The Starting Off Project
This week, we're talking concealer. Probably my second favourite beauty product behind mascara, I love being able to pair these two together on good skin days. On to the nuts and bolts of this little makeup wonder!
Concealer is mainly used to disguise those pesky dark circles you get under your eyes, discolouration or any small blemishes on the skin. Depending on the type of concealer you buy, it can vary in colour, consistency and coverage. I was first taught to apply concealer after my usual skincare routine, which we covered in week 1, after primer (if you choose to use it) but before foundation. It is only in recent years that I've come to realise that applying your concealer AFTER your foundation makes for an even and longer lasting finish. If you have a particularly bad breakout and feel the need to disguise it, applying concealer before and after foundation can be a good solution. I don't recommend this on severe acne, you can clog the areas that need to breath, resulting in a longer heal time. On this note, only apply concealer to the areas that need it. Unlike foundation concealer doesn't cover large areas as should only be used where needed. It's highly pigmented and applying this to your whole face will not only cost a fortune, but look massively obvious.
To get the best out of your concealer, place a few dots along your under eye area, a line down the length of your nose, a little on the chin and any other place where you feel the sun naturally reflects light. If you have any blemishes or other areas you want to conceal, go ahead and apply a little there too. Blend with either your ring finger, a stippling brush or a concealer brush. Set in place with a dusting of powder and you should be good to go for the rest of the day. This will brighten up your face, with very minimal effort and set you up for a little bronzer for some sleek contouring.
When choosing a concealer, the first thing to know is that there are a variety of them available that help with a multitude of skin concerns. If you want to mask imperfections choose one that's a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone, and if you want to cover any pimples try and match your skin as closely as possibly so your job of blending is much easier. I've got a select few concealers that help me cover the spectrum and I couldn't live without.
My essential to add a spot of luminance is Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer. I've had a lot of bloggers complain about the brush at the end, but if you're not heavy handed and just glide the product on you'll have no issues. I've had mine for a few months and I've yet to have even a bristle out of place! Currently I've been dabbing a little of this on with a slick of mascara and running out the door. If you need a little more coverage, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is perfect for hiding a late night. If that still doesn't cut it you'll have to reach for the heavy duty stuff. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer fits that bill, but isn't available in the UK so an alternative would be Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which can get a little cakey if applied too liberally.
If you're looking to counteract redness, GOSH do a wonderful Click'n Conceal pen that pumps out green pigment. "Green?!" I hear you say? Red and Green counter each other on the colour spectrum, so to balance out that angry, red spot you'll need a little green concealer and POOF, it's all but gone. I tend to pop a lighter coverage concealer over the green to make sure I haven't gone all Hulk and my preferred product is Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer. It's utterly hydrating and on the thinner side, perfect for that 'barely there' makeup look.
What's your favourite concealer and the tips you have for using it?