Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Starting Off Project: Week 2 - Concealer

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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?

48 comments:

  1. I don't have a favorite concealer at the moment - so this post was very helfpul!

    Thanks!
    -Alecia with www.likesof.us

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  2. Really need to do a beauty shop! So many great recommendations!

    Liz xx

    www.theotherdress.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Liz, I tried to keep them mainly budget friendly. :)

      xo

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  3. I really want to try the Bourjois one!x

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    1. It's so light and hydrating. As I have such dry skin it's perfect for me!

      xo

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  4. Fab post! Loving reading what everyone uses!!
    Mine is up if you fancy taking a look, would love to know what you think :)
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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  5. Every one is raving about the Collection concealer, i may have to invest!
    Fab post, love Anoushka

    Anoushkaloves.com xx

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    1. It's a great budget concealer, just use sparingly as it's fairly drying.

      xo

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  6. The Gosh click and conceal sounds so odd! Green?! Heard good things about Wake Me Up but not much about the other products here so thanks for sharing!

    I'm giving away a MAC lipstick of the competition winner's choice on my blog if you would care to enter!
    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I was after a green concealer for the longest time! Just make sure to put a normal coloured concealer over the top to counter the green pigment.

      xo

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  7. I love the Collection concealer, it works so well for me! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  8. i always have such a hard time with concealer, never know which one
    to go for/what would work best for me. this post was amazing, thanks for the
    tips! x

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  9. I absolutely love the Dream Lumi, it's the only product that covers my hideous dark circles!

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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    1. Same! I usually pair this for my under eyes and then something like Collection concealer for any blemishes, etc.

      xo

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  10. I love the Boujoius healthy mix foundation that I always wanted to try out the concealer now i think its time to get one soon :) great post :)
    Check mine out too iff you fancy :)
    http://asqgenerates.blogspot.com/2013/09/starting-off-concealer.html

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    1. Definitely do Amna, it's worth trying out. It's just like the foundation (hydrating).

      xo

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  11. Bourjois Healthy Mix was definitely a good concealer... I bought one last year and it lasted for ages! I'm usually so lazy with concealer, but I decided to splurge on a concealer stick by Bobbi Brown earlier this year, and I really like it for quick touch-ups :)

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    1. I have heard great things about the Bobbi Brown concealers, would you recommend it for dry skin?

      xo

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  12. That bourjois healthy sounds good!! too bad I can't get it in Guatemala! Great Post!!

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  13. My favorite concealers are Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter and then a basic tube/wand concealer from Maybelline. (Cannot think of the name). I never see people consistently use foundation/concealer/powder in the same order. Seems everyone does things differently. I use foundation, then concealer, then a little bit of powder before bronzer, blush etc.

    I am lucky in that I have a relatively clean complexion. (Although I have a weird almost rash right now, eek!) But I do have insomnia so need it to work overload on my eye circles sometimes.

    Great blog!!

    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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    1. Hi Kelly, you sound like me when it comes to the order of things. If I have a particularly bad skin day then I'll double up the concealer like a sandwich with my foundation but it's pretty rare.

      Thanks for the comment!

      xo

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  14. I want to try the Hard Candy concealer. Concealer is the best thing EVER x

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    1. Concealer is a MUST! :) You should, it's only a couple of bucks after all.

      xo

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  15. Love my Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer too! Great tips :)

    http://itsjessicachoy.blogspot.com/

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  16. I really want to try the Hard Candy and Bourjois Concealer! I counted the other day and realised I have 13+ concealers and the only one I'm really loving at the moment is the 17 Stay Time concealer!

    Really enjoyed reading this post.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. Haha, girls and their concealers, aye? :)

      xo

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  17. I love Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer! It's my absolute favourite! Your blog photos are always so lovely :)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, you're making me blush. :3

      xo

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  18. I always struggle trying to find a concelaer that matches my foundation / skintone perfectly so I will definitely be having a look at these in the shops tomorrow!
    Michelle xo - @shelleymagpie
    http://www.shelleymagpie.wordpress.com

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    1. If you have a real problem, it might be worth investing in a higher end concealer OR using a mixture of different colours to get what you're after.

      xo

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  19. My fav is the wake me up one and I love using it with a brush for the under eye area.

    Zoe
    The Caribbean Flower

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    1. It sits better with a brush, doesn't it? I like to pat it down with my finger finger after just to get rid of any brush strokes.

      xo

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  20. Lovely post! I have been using concealers from ELF and really like them. May need to give some of those featured in this post a try :)

    http://goldenandsheen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. I really like the Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer I do find that it can be a tad sharp though at times, not every time though, it's as if I catch it wrong or something....very odd.

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. I get what you mean, the bristles are fairly sturdy and there's not much give there.

      xo

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  22. My favourite under eye concealer is the Dior BB Eye Cream but I really want to try the Nars one everyone has been going on about.

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. I've not tried either of those, but then I can't afford them at the moment.

      xo

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  23. I'm always on the hunt for my "Holy Grail" concealer but at the moment my favourites are the By Terry Touch Expert which I use under my eyes and the Dior Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer, which I use for my face and sometimes my under eyes as well. I don't mind the Bourjois one either, that one currently lives in my handbag for touch ups throughout the day!

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    1. Thanks for your recommendations Katrina, they were really useful and ones I will look in to. :)

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