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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Starting Off: Concealer

Heyyy fellow beauty lovers!  After the success of last week's #theSOproject posts on skincare, which went crazy on twitter, I'm excited to write the follow up post for week number 2.  Up this week: CONCEALER!  For this post I'm going to explain a little about what concealer does, how it is used, my current favourite concealers and how and why I use them.

What is concealer?
Concealers, or colour correctors, are generally used to cover up blemishes, dark circles, age spots, large pores and any other pesky skin marks or pigmentation you want to 'conceal'.  Concealer is quite similar to foundation but generally thicker and more heavily pigmented - as you usually only use a small amount on certain small patches and blend it out.  Concealers can come in different forms, from liquid to solid, although the liquid form is most commonly used (I think).  

How to use
When choosing a concealer, it is probably best to go one or 2 shades lighter than your own skin tone - well, I do anyway and it works for me.  If you're going to use a concealer to cover up dark circles, ages spots, blemishes etc, it's best to use after your moisturiser/primer but before you apply your foundation.  Depending on the type of concealer you choose, you may want to use your fingers (very lightly with your ring finger if under the eyes - as the skin under your eyes is very sensitive) or a concealer/detailing brush to blend it in.  Some concealers come with a little brush attached which is quite handy.

I have always struggled with finding a good concealer to be honest.  When I first started wearing makeup I didn't understand that it's best to get a shade a bit lighter, and in turn had some horrific concealer incidents.  I remember the first one I ever bought was in the form of a lipstick, but was just the total WRONG shade for my skintone.  It ended up turning my blemishes orange and looked worse than the actual blemish - LOL.  I soon got rid of that and over the years have tried lots of others until I have finally found 2 that fit me perfectly.  

My Favourite Concealers
The two concealer's I am currently using are Collection (formerly known as Collection 2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade 3 Medium, and Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in 01 Ivory.  The reason I use 2 is because they are different formula's and applicators - so I use them both on different parts of the face.  Love a good mixup!

Left: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Right: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer
(Sorry for the crappy packaging, they're coming to the end of their time, ha!)

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.19
Believe it or not, I haven't had this concealer very long and it's the first time I've owned it - but as you can see by the battered packaging it has already become a firm favourite.  It seems like everyone who is anyone in the beauty blogging world owns this concealer.  The formula is really thick and creamy - ideal for covering up large blemishes.  The doe foot applicator makes this one ideal for doing just that.

I use this one around my nose and on any pesky blemishes I want to cover.  I dab it on and then depending on how rushed I am I will use my fingers or a detailer brush.  If I have a bit more time, I will carefully blend it in with a my Real Techniques Detailer Brush from the Core Collection.  If I am a bit more rushed I will dab to blend with my ring finger. My nose is so naughty and just behaves differently to the rest of my face.  It always seems to attract blemishes/redness like they're going out of fashion!  Very strange.  This concealer has become my best friend in the fight against my nose.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer - £6.99
I loveee this concealer!!  It has been described as a dupe for YSL's Touché Eclat, which is a best seller.  It's a lot lighter in consistency than the Lasting Perfection, and it houses a twist/brush applicator.  This concealer aims to add a luminating highlight, which is a bonus in my eyes.  Anything to make me look brighter and more awake is a bonus (especially with a 1 year old running me ragged at home, haha).

I use this under my eyes, on my chin and on any marks on my forehead.  It's so easy to apply because it is a really light formula which blends like a dream.  I usually brush it on the problem areas I want to conceal and add a little highlight, and then blend it in with a dabbing motion with my ring finger.  Works a treat.

So there you have it.  Concealers are a vital part of my everyday makeup routine as they really do make such a difference. 

P.S.  I also have my eye on the Soap&Glory Kick Ass Concealer, but haven't had chance to pick one up yet.  Review will be up as soon as I get my hands on one.  Lets see if it makes it into my everyday routine.

Do you use any of these concealers?
Did this post help any of you?
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