The Magic Of A Great Concealer

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Ever since I was a teenager I have tried countless concealers, but always struggled to find one that was the right shade (medium was too dark, and light was too pale), one that didn’t fade or look patchy, and importantly that didn’t look as if it was concealing anything. Today there are various types to choose from; Yves Saint Laurent pioneered their Touche Éclat concealer pen (and now there are many other versions), traditional concealer sticks (Rimmel’s Hide The Blemish is a classic), pots, palettes, and wands, but which is the best and how do you use them?

The days of choosing from light, medium, and dark are fortunately behind us as many brands have a range of shade to choose from. Yves Saint Laurent has 8 shades to choose from with Touche Éclat , M.A.C Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer has 15 shades, and Nars has 15 shades of its Radiant Creamy Concealer. Concealer can hide and disguise spots, bruises, scars, lines, and dark circles; however, it’s not only what you use, but how you apply concealer that can make the difference. Applying a good concealer creates the foundation for the rest of your makeup. For a natural look, I use a light dusting of powder over concealer instead of using foundation.

Finding a great concealer and the right shade can take time, and here are a few hints to remember when you are looking:

• Choose up to two shades lighter than your normal skin tone. If it’s too dark then it will show up under foundation or powder.
• Unless you are testing on a bare face, test on the jaw and neckline, as the skin maybe different shades on the face.
• Test for the consistency on the back of your hand, and choose the right type for your needs. Lighter liquid ones are suited for fine lines and dark circles, and heavy duty concentrated cream concealers are better for blemishes and spots.
• Don’t take too much notice of the name of colors; there are multiple shades of beige and it’s impossible to know what will suit your skin tone unless you test it directly.

The brush in concealer pens are ideally suited for under the eyes and and lips rather than a spot, but if you wish to use it to cover a spot, don’t apply it directly to the spot as it will carry bacteria from the spot onto the pen. Instead, dab concealer around the area and use a concealer brush (flat and firm) to blend over the area. This applies to sticks and wands too, alternatively dab some concealer onto the back of the hand and use a brush to apply to the area.

Concealer in a pot is usually more concentrated, and the professional way to apply it (and most hygienic) is to take a small amount on a palette (or use a cotton bud) and apply it to the back of the hand. Then warm it up with a clean fingertip to loosen the texture, and then dab rather than rub on the areas of concern. Use a brush to even out the concealer and blend into the skin, and reapply another layer if needed.

Beauty Philosopher Tips

• Mixing concealer with a light moisturizer can double up as a sheer foundation.
• Add several fine layers of concealer for more coverage rather than one heavy application. It will look less obvious on the skin.
• Never apply a stick, wand, or pen directly onto a spot as it will harbor bacteria from the spot and transfer it to other parts of the face.
• The trick of a good application is blending with small strokes, and not to rub the concealer into the skin. Invest in a good concealer brush for an airbrushed finish.

©2016. Beauty Philosopher.

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