BlogStar entry: concealer – consistency is key

BlogStar entry: concealer – consistency is key

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Stick, liquid, cake, cream and powder… concealer comes in several different consistencies and a multitude of colours, and understanding which are right for you can be the difference that makes your skin glow!  

Consistency is Key!

Generally speaking, powder, stick and cake forms will give better coverage than their liquid and cream counterparts.  Cake concealer generally offers the highest level of coverage, and thus may best hide problem areas such as pimples, scars and bruises.  Both concealers tend to be dry, and are not suitable for covering larger areas, such as under the eyes.  You will find that these concealers dry and settle into fine lines throughout the day when used in excess.  

Cream concealers give medium to heavy coverage and blend easily.  They offer excellent coverage of fine lines and wrinkles, making them perfect for use on maturing skin.  

Liquid concealers are great for drier skin, and offer light to medium coverage. They are easy to blend, and tend to appear more natural than other concealers.  Use them to camouflage larger areas, such as circles under the eyes.

Finally, stick concealers provide quick on-the-spot coverage.  While they provide the best coverage, use stick concealers in small doses.  They’re excellent to keep in your purse or evening bag for quick touch-ups!  

Colour Therapy

Concealer is not a ‘one shade fits all’ product, and you won’t regret investing in several shades. In general, chose a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.  As with your foundation, however, you may need a lighter shade in winter than you will in summer.  

Some concealers also work as colour correctors.  Yellow-based concealers are great for masking under-eye circles and hiding scars, blemishes and pimples, while a shade with green undertones will help to mask skin ruddiness and redness.  Rose and peach correctors will brighten cooler completions, while blue and lilac lift sallow complexions.  Blue will also help correct after bad self-tan applications!

How to Apply

There’s no right or wrong tool to use—some swear by fingers, saying that your body heat will help blend the makeup into your skin; others prefer brushes that get into tiny crevices fingers might miss.  Whether you chose to use your fingers, a makeup sponge, a cotton swab or a brush, make sure your tools are clean and free from other makeup residue.  

Try applying concealer after foundation.  This method requires minimal application and tends to be more natural looking.  Start by applying concealer around the eyes, focusing on the inner corners by the nose and the darker areas underneath.  Follow this up with any other area of the face that needs concealment.  Pay careful attention to the edges of the application area, and be sure to blend away any obvious hard lines.  Always set the concealer with loose powder, and, remember, less is more!  Never use so much product that you bring attention to what you’re trying to hide!     

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