Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Starting Off #2: Concealer

Concealer is probably your most versatile base product in your make up routine. It's main use is to "conceal imperfections", be it your under eye circles, acne or acne scaring or any redness you might have on your face. It's important to have two colours of concealer in your collection, since your face is not one colour all over. Also, there are areas you want to highlight with a lighter coloured concealer, but you want to use a darker colour to conceal imperfections. 

 
Make Up Myth #1: Always apply concealer before foundation!
First of all, I believe there are no make up rules for anyone! You should do whatever works for you. About this little rule, though, I think it's a lot more beneficial to apply concealer after your foundation, since you are already getting some coverage from the foundation. If you do it in that order, you'll need a lot less concealer and will hopefully dodge the cakey look!


 how flattering!

Ideally, you want to apply a brightening concealer to your under eye area. Something like the YSL Touche Eclat is brilliant to give you a highlighted, brighter look. If your under eye circles are very light, you can get away with using the Touche Eclat on it's own. However, if you need a little bit more coverage, I suggest applying your illuminating concealer and then, using a brush, blending it in with a more poweful one, like the MAC Studio Finish concealer. This is my current concealer routine! 

I also use my Studio Finish to conceal any redness around my nose and to cover up my lovely acne scaring! You want to avoid anything with brightening properties on the spots you're trying to conceal. If you suffer from really bad acne, I definitely recommend you buff your concealer in with a soft brush, as not to irritate the break outs even further. It will also help to blend out the product better, so you won't be left will a round spot of concealer where the blemish is, drawing even more attention to it!  Here are some other options for your concealer:
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28 comments

  1. I love how you provided a visual of where to use concealer! It's very helpful.

    xx Kim
    mainelyfashion.blogspot.com

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  2. I love your diagram haha! All of your products look really good too.
    xx

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  3. I love your pictures! haha
    I thought of doing something like this too but ended up settling for one of Kim Kardashian.
    I totally forgot I used to use that Clinique undereye concealer too! I really want to repurchase it now :)


    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

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  4. Your photography is great! Following you now... my SO project post is here:

    http://girlwithlipstick.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/starting-off-concealer.html

    Fi x

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  5. I forgot about the MAC one, I used to love it. I like your diagram too ;)

    My post is here theorytwentyone.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  6. I loved your little diagram haha, very helpful! :) I love the boing and Touche Eclat concealers, next on my list is Mac Studio Finish! Heard good things about it! Lovely post xx

    Lucy | a little of lucy

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  7. Lovely pics! Also loving the choice of perfume in the background :P Will have to get another MAC concealer at some point, not had one for a while! Great blog :)
    Kammi
    xx
    beautybookblog.com

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  8. LOVE your pictures, esp the one showing where to apply.
    Also a big MAC Studio Finish fan :)
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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  9. This is so helpful! Great post.

    Katie | and-katie.com

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  10. Love how you explained this. Very concise and informative.
    Awesome picture btw. You can totally rock that illustrated face!!

    www.pippa-love.blogspot.com

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  11. This is so cool - so interested to have that coloured picture with the brightening & opaque spots. Great post!

    I'm doing the SO project too! My blog is Little Rose Go and have a read if you fancy it! :) xxx

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  12. Great tips :)

    Today new post, don´t miss it!
    Kisses from Spain, Kela

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  13. I love the boing concealer for blemishes and the magic lumi highlight concealer is a great drugstore dupe of the touché éclat

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  14. I use concealer after foundation too xx

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  15. Absolutely agree with concealer after foundation! Just makes more sense!

    http://jemaroons.blogspot.com

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  16. such a great post! i love informative things like this, and it's funny that we use the exact same products :)

    from isabela at fusels.com | bloglovin

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  17. I really like the diagram. Concealer is the best thing ever x

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  18. Absolutely great post! Your diagram is super helpful!

    Lynn | Makeup With Tea

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  19. I've got the Mac one! It's my favourite thing ever haha

    Roses are bluee ♡
    xx

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  20. Clinique Airbrush Conealer is one of my all time favourite concealers!

    MyMakeUpCompulsion

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  21. I love Benefit Boi-ing so much, it's pricey but one of those products I'll always be willing to invest in!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  22. Love this post! So interesting to see how people cover up and highlight! One of my favourite parts of my make-up routine!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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  23. This is such a great post for those starting out - I love your diagram too, it made me smile xx

    Gem │ ♥ │ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  24. Fab post! Love your picture showing where to apply!!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  25. I love the studio finish around my nose too and for pesky spots!x

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  26. Really like this post! I like the photo where you showed where to apply it :)

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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