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Today’s post is hopefully part one of a new segment for this blog, where I’ll talk about tips and tricks and how to get the best from your products! I’ve been thinking about this for a while but didn’t know where to start, but after speaking with my friend from Into the Gloss I realised that Concealer is something that people either have spot on or have no clue what to do! So this post is all about concealer and what to do with it! (P.S. What do you guys think of the name Beauty 101?)
Now I’ll admit that I used to think that concealer was just something you used to hide spots on your face but as I’ve got older and more informed (and better with make-up) I now know that concealer is so versatile and has so many uses!
What’s the best type of concealer for you?
Different skin types and concerns will need different types of concealer,so which is best for you?
- Liquid concealer – The most versatile concealer, this can be anything from full coverage to a sheer, radiant effect. Easy to blend for a natural look, which is why a lot of people prefer it. Ideal for normal, combination and oily skin types.
- Cream concealer – Normally comes in a pot or pan, this is thicker and more full on than liquid concealer, useful for serious dark under-eye circles or discolouration. This is the type most professionals use as it has the most coverage and staying power. Ideal for Dry to normal skin types.
- Stick Concealer – Similar to a cream concealer with a more solid consistency, this is in stick form making it useful for precision and for using on the go. Good for hiding blemishes or scars.
- Pencil concealer – A solid concealer in pencil form that is used for precise application i.e along the brow bone or around the lips.
- Colour Corrector – A new craze but these have been around for a while, Colour correctors come in various neutralizing shades such as Green for redness or Lavender for dullness, that correct any underlying skin issues to get the most even make-up application.
I tend to use a liquid concealer most often, and my favourites at the moment are the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (And it’s only £4.19!) and Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer. Both of these are liquid as I don’t often use a cream concealer, but when I do I like to use Soap & Glory’s Kickass Camouflage kit as it has both a darker and lighter shade, and a pressed powder for setting. For Colour Correcting I love the YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer in Green for redness! If you’re not sure which ones are good, Into The Gloss have a great list of their favourite concealers and you can find that one HERE
Easy as 1,2,3,4
1/ Colour Correct – If you’re colour correcting, do this before any foundation goes on. We don’t want to be adding bright colours like green or purple on top of our base, as it will leave the skin with a strange tint, especially if not blended out properly.
2/ Foundation – Apply foundation before any concealer* as this will create an even base and show you where you’ll need the concealer to go. Applying foundation first will also mean that you’re not moving around your concealer as you put it on.
3/ Conceal – Go in with the concealer where you need it after your foundation is on. Under eyes, along the brow bone and on any blemishes or discolourations are the most common areas to conceal. (I’ll go into more detail below) . Choose a shade closest to your base or skin tone, or a shade lighter for under your eyes to help brighten up the area.
4/ Set – Remember to set your concealer to make sure it stays put where you want it and lasts as long as possible. Loose powder is best for setting concealer, you can use translucent but I prefer to use a nude toned powder to make sure my base is even, such as my Clinique Blended Face Powder in Transparency 2. Pressed powder is also good to set any makeup, and is great for travel, too as I don’t like to travel with loose powder in case it ends up everywhere!
*Tip: If you’re using powder or mineral foundation, switch up steps 2 & 3 and apply your concealer first. The powder foundation will help the concealer to set, and you’ll avoid muddying up or moving around your powder foundation with a cream or liquid.
Where do I conceal?
We use concealer in order to even out our skin and create a flawless base. This includes:
- Spots and Blemishes
- Scars and Marks
- Dark spots
Tip: Conceal the areas around these marks as well as the marks or blemishes themselves, then blend. This will help to even out the skin and make the concealer look more natural. Dark spots may also need a pink toned colour corrector (or orange toned for darker skin) if they are more prominent.
- Dark Undereye circles or bags
Tip: Use concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone or base to brighten up the under eye area and create a wide awake, highlighted effect. Don’t dot or draw directly just under eyes, use a large upside down triangle and blend out for a highlighted and glowey finish without making the tone difference obvious.
- Red or uneven skin tones
Tip: Choose a green based colour corrector to neutralise the area that is red before foundation. Apply a concealer that is your skin tone after foundation if needed.
- Spider or other veins that are noticeable
Tip: Use a pencil concealer for this to get a precise application for these.
- Highlight and contour
Tip: Use a concealer a shade or two lighter than your skin to highlight areas, and a darker concealer to contour for a naturally chiselled look. Don’t forget to blend! A concealer can also be used to highlight the brow bone by using a pencil or angled brush for a flawless effect.
- Lip or Eye Primer/Liner
Tip: Applying concealer on your lips or eyelids can help to create an even base for lipstick or eyeshadow. Line your lips with a pencil concealer to help reduce any feathering, or use it in your waterline for a wide-awake look.
Wait, so how does it work?
Now you know which concealer to pick and where to put it, you’ll need to know how to apply it, too! Here are my favourite ways to apply my concealer, and a couple of ground rules for application.
Some concealers have brushes or wands included, which are great for applying the products precisely, but there are a few more you need to know about.
- Your fingers – you can’t get any better control than this; but make sure you don’t wipe the concealer away! Gently use your ring finger (it’s the gentlest) to tap at the concealer and blend it into your foundation or skin. Don’t rub as this will move your concealer around and you’ll get it everywhere you don’t want it.
- A flat concealer or small foundation brush – The perfect accompaniment to a cream concealer, this will help you get just as much concealer as you need and you can use a stippling effect to blend it in easily. If you don’t have a concealer brush, a clean pencil brush can work too.
- A beauty blender – This is my favourite way to blend out my concealer. I brush on liquid concealer with a wand and then use the pointed end of a damp beauty blender to dab and blend out the concealer beautifully. It creates an almost airbrushed look and gets right into the crevices if you need to!
- A setting brush – Important for setting your concealer to make it stay all day. If I’m setting my whole face I like to use a bigger powder brush, but this one from Real Techniques is perfect to set under my eyes!
A few extra tips:
- Use light layers, blended out to avoid looking cakey
- Dab to blend, don’t wipe at concealer
- Match to your skin tone by swatching against the jawline
- Think about your skin type and needs when choosing.
- Experiment and practice! At the end of the day, makeup is makeup and can be taken off and put on again. You won’t get it right first time, so keep at it!
So that’s everything I know about concealer! Let me know if you enjoyed this and what you’d like to see next from Beauty 101 – Foundation, mascara, eyeliner, Skincare? Tell me in the comments if there is anything you want me to write about! If you have any other tips and tricks that aren’t here, or a fave way to put on concealer, let me know in the comments! Also, what are your favourite concealers? I’ve told you mine now tell me yours in the comments section, please!
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