Welcome back to my blog, I hope you enjoyed my last post ( Dupe up!), a few girls told me they bought some of the dupes I recommended, which I love to hear so keep them coming! This post is gonna be about my one true love that goes by the name of concealer. If you don’t apply concealer to your face I’m sorry but you are not living!! I’ll try to break it down as best as I can for you all so keep on reading to get some tips and of course some recommendations..
You have probably noticed that concealers no longer come in only skin tone shades. There are a few coloured concealers available now and each shade is used to conceal specific issues. When you realise what colours are used for what it will be a game changer for you!! You need to use a colour that neutralises the problem area. For example if you have dark circles under your eyes you need to use a colour that is going to cancel the discoloration out to give you a normal even skin tone. Your not going to achieve that ‘flawless base’ without concealer.
Purple/Lilac: Best suited for eliminating any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin. If you have pasty, yellow or dull skin you will love how glowy your skin is after using a purple concealer or primer. For yellow toned circles or spots I would use NYX Concealer Wand in ‘lavender’ (7.75 euro) which is super lightweight or Smashbox Colour Correcting Stick in ‘ don’t be dull’ ( 23 euro ) which glides on! To remove yellow tones from your entire face use a purple primer such as NYX Studio Perfect Primer in ‘lavender’ (14 euro).
Green: The colour green neutralizes the colour red which is why you should use one over redness, spots or if you have any acne scars. If you have widespread redness, then you should use a colour correcting green primer which will take all that redness down and give you an even toned base for a flawless foundation application. NYX ‘concealer in a jar’ in green (7.75 euro) is brill and you only need a tiny bit. Urban Decay ‘Naked colour correcting fluid’ in green is unbelievable and not cakey at all ( 22 euro ). For green primers I would go for Makeup Forever skin equalizer primer in green ( 33 euro) or Catrice ‘Prime and Fine’ anti red base (oil free) (4.99 euro) – both are amazing for cancelling out all over redness.
Salmon/Peach: This colour is used to brighten up around the eye area and to cancel out those nightmare under eye dark circles that won’t disappear. It will also give sallow olive toned skin a much needed radiance. I swear to god buy one of these now, it will honestly change your life no matter what age you are. It will make those nasty, hereditary dark circles vanish, trust me huns! I always have Bobbi Brown corrector in ‘Bisque’ in my kit, the smallest bit honestly saves lives ( 25 euro ). Benefit Erase Paste (27 euro ) is also brill!
Yellow: Perfect for hiding purple or blue bruises, veins, and under eye circles. Yellow concealers are brill for evening out skin tones and to give a bright base for your foundation. Benefit ‘Lemon Aid’ ( 24 euro ) is vvv.good, and also NYX HD concealer wand in ‘yellow’ is a fav of mine ( 7.75 euro )
TIP: after applying any of these colour concealers make sure to then apply a normal skin colour concealer over it so you have a natural overall skin tone.
Normal Basic Concealer
So after you have done your colour correcting, apply your normal skin toned concealer on top. Personally for my face I’m obsessed with MACs Prolongwear Concealer ( 23.50 euro ) you all know this cause Im always talking about it! I find it just sits so well on my skin and never creases but also covers everything! I wear either nc15 or nc20 depending on what colour foundation I have on.
I have loads of favourites so I’ll list them for you all. Nars Creamy Concealer has to be my second favourite. It’s 28 euro and is so lightweight, radiant and creaseproof. Defo recommend this one. I use shade custard. Delish!
Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer is just a dream. So cheap and affordable ( 11.99 euro ) works an absolute treat on those dark circles! The texture is so creamy too.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is also another great one ( 7.49 euro ) Its full converage and illuminates under the eye so well! Its hydrating too , which is brill if you have dry skin. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is also another fav, they are both very alike (8.99 euro )
Last but not least, this isn’t a concealer as such, but I use it under my concealer and it is heaven! It is MAC Prep + Prime highlighter( 25 euro ). I use it in shade ‘ lightboost’ and its just a dream! It brightens the skin so much and primes it for concealer. If I were you I would put this on your Christmas list, I have so many feelings for this product, I’m in love and obsessed..sorry I’m a sap! But thank me later!
You should always apply your concealer after your foundation, as you won’t use as much. If you apply concealer first, your going to blend most of it away when your applying your foundation.
The best way to apply concealer is to draw a ‘triangular’ shape with the base under your eye and the point towards your cheek (if that makes sense..) This conceals dark circles, makes you look more awake and also give the illusion that your face is lifted, I am all for a bit of a lift!
I’m all about brightening under my eyes but I hate when concealer is 10 shades lighter than your foundation, it looks way too harsh and unnatural. AVOID this! I use 1 or 2 shades lighter than my foundation.
This is what you will look like if its too light..rot!
I apply my foundation with a small concealer brush to my under eye area, forehead, chin and bridge of my nose. I then blend it out with my Real Technique sponge. I gently pat it to blend, don’t drag it as you don’t want to bring the concealer too far down your cheek.
I also get asked how my lipstick stays put all day and it’s because I apply a small bit of concealer to my lips before applying my lip liner and lipstick. This acts as a primer and helps keep your lipstick in place all day long hunni!
Clean up your makeup mistakes with concealer. I love to clean up my lip liner and brows with concealer to make them super sharp and to make them pop that little bit more.
Always set your concealer with a translucent powder to keep it crease free and help it last all day long!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. I would never talk about a product I’m not in love with so honestly these are all amazing no matter what age you are. Leave a comment to let me know if you enjoyed or if you have any questions do ask me!
Concealer saves lives!
All my love,