My favourite time of the week has come around again. Its a new post on The Starting Off Project and this week the topic is on concealer.
Concealer is a product that I hold my hand up and admit that I use on a regular basis. My foundation provides adequate coverage for me to be able to get away without it, however there are some days and times of the month where I really need to apply the war paint. I’ve been so busy with work lately and my sleeping pattern has been so varied that I’ve noticed that my under eye bags are getting out of control. I’d normally prescribe 8 hours of sleep, lots of water and cucumber eye masks, but sometimes there isn’t enough hours in the day.
Concealer is a gift from above, and its main aim, quite appropriately like its name, is to conceal those areas that are causing us problems. Main areas would be under eyes, blemishes and spots. Concealer is available in a wide variety of styles. You can buy concealer wands, sticks and powder forms with many ways to apply it. This may be a little daunting to a beginner however never fear, Anoushka is here!
First things first. Colour matching is very important. Your concealer should be a shade or two lighter than your foundation, and no more. If you go too light, you run the risk of having a reverse panda eye effect with white circles around your eyes. If you are using concealer to cover blemishes, it is also important to make sure it is blended. We are after all concealing and not drawing attention to problem areas. Concealers can also be purchase with different undertones to conceal different problem areas.
Yellow Toned: hide dark circles
Green and Blue Toned: Counteract red patches such as spots, broken veins and rosacea.
Purple Toned: Brightens complexions
As I mentioned before, a good foundation usually covers up most blemishes, and this is also the reason in which I apply concealer after my foundation. It helps work out where the foundation may have missed and also gives a good base to put the concealer. If you are not a heavy foundation wearer, make sure your skin is cleansed fully and apply your moisturiser or serum as normal before working on your problem areas.
Here is a fantastic video by Lisa Eldridge in which she show you different methods to apply your concealer to get that photo ready complexion.
I have three concealers that I turn to on a regular basis.
My favourite is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This doe foot applicator concealer is the one I use the most, due to the ease of use and the overage it gives. This is mainly used to cover my under eye bags.
The Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage is a bit more tricky to use, as it needs to be blended to make the perfect coverage. The bonus of this product is the yellow based concealer which lightens the under eye area and I often use this part on top of the NARS concealer.
My Benefit Boing is fabulous for covering spots. I would definitely say this an industrial concealer and nothing will be showing through this bad boy!
My tips on applying concealer
Use a short bristled brush to apply the product and blend into your foundation. It also helps to use your ring finger to pat the concealer onto the area and blend.
Never use a wiping motion when applying as this just wipes away the concealer. If you over apply, it’ll just look cakey and draw attention to the area.
Set your concealer with a translucent powder. I use Real Techniques Setting brush, with Ben Nye Banana Powder, with any excess powder tapped off the brush.
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See you all next week when we will be looking at foundation.
Love Anoushka x