MAKEUP 101 BACK TO BASICS SERIES: CONCEALER

HELLO FRIENDS,
AS PROMISED I AM BACK WITH ANOTHER POST IN THE BACK TO BASICS SERIES AND THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO THE MAGIC WAND OR THE CONCEALER. MANY OF US OFTEN IGNORE THIS LITTLE MAGIC PRODUCT, BUT I WOULD SAY I CAN DO WITHOUT FOUNDATION FOR ONCE BUT NOT WITHOUT MY CONCEALER. ITS THAT IMPORTANT A PRODUCT IN YOUR VANITY.

WHAT IS A CONCEALER?
CONCEALER IS A MAKEUP PRODUCT USED TO COVER YOUR DARK CIRCLES AND BLEMISHES AND OTHER IMPERFECTIONS ON THE SKIN. SOME SPOTS ON THE FACE NEED MORE CONCEALING THAN WHAT JUST FOUNDATION CAN PROVIDE. HERE A CONCEALER COMES IN HANDY.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CONCEALERS:
AS WITH FOUNDATIONS YOU CAN FIND ALL KINDS OF CONCEALERS FROM LIQUID TO CREAM TO POWDER. A VERY IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER THOUGH IS TO NOT MIX THE TEXTURES OF THE CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION. MEANING IF YOU HAVE USED A POWDER FOUNDATION DONT APPLY A LIQUID CONCEALER AND VICE VERSE.

LIQUID CONCEALERS: LIQUID CONCEALERS ARE MOSTLY PACKAGED IN A TUBE OR BOTTLE AND COME WITH A WAND OR BRUSH APPLICATOR . THESE CONCEALERS DONT PROVIDE THE FULLEST COVERAGE SO THEY ARE GOOD FOR ANY MILD COVERINGS OR BRIGHTENING THE UNDER EYE AREA IF YOU DONT HAVE HEAVY DARK CIRCLES.

CREAM/STICK CONCEALERS: THESE CONCEALERS ARE BEST FOR HIDING DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES OR MAJOR REDNESS FROM BLEMISHES OR ZITS ON YOUR FACE. JUST BE SURE TO PICK A CREAMY ONE, THE ONES WIT DRIER FORMULA DONT BLEND WELL .

POWDER/ MINERAL CONCEALERS: I PERSONALLY AM NOT A BIG FAN OF POWDER CONCEALERS AS THEY DONT GIVE MUCH COVERAGE AT ALL. BUT FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESNT REQUIRE MUCH COVERAGE IT MIGHT WORK . ITS GOOD FOR OILY SKIN AS IT HELPS ABSORB EXTRA OIL FROM THE SKIN.

HOW TO APPLY CONCEALER: ONE MISTAKE I MADE WHEN I STARTED USING CONCEALER WAS I USED TO TRY AND BLEND IT AS I WOULD MY FOUNDATION AND THEN LATER WONDER WHY ISNT THE CONCEALER WORKING. SO MORAL OF THE STORY IS THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE A SMALL AMOUNT OF CONCEALER AND PAT IT UNDER THE EYES OR ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE SKIN AND JUST PAT IT INTO THE SKIN USING YOUR FINGER. TAKE LITTLE AT A TIME AND ADD MORE IF REQUIRED. YOU CAN ALWAYS USE CONCEALER BRUSH TO APPLY YOUR CONCEALER BUT I FIND THAT THE HEAT FROM THE FINGER HELPS THE CONCEALER TO BETTER APPLY ON THE SKIN.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT COLOR FOR CONCEALER: YOU NEED TWO DIFFERENT COLORS OF CONCEALERS. YES YOU READ IT RIGHT. LET ME EXPLAIN. THE CONCEALER FOR YOUR UNDER EYE AREA NEEDS TO BE A SHADE LIGHTER THAN YOUR FOUNDATION , AS YOUR  DARK CIRCLES ARE DARKER THAN THE REST OF YOUR FACE SO IN ORDER TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR UNDER EYE AREA YOU NEED A CONCEALER THAT NOT ONLY CONCEALS BUT ALSO BRIGHTENS YOUR UNDER EYE AREA. AND THE SECOND CONCEALER IS FOR COVERING THE BLEMISHES OR RED SPOTS ON THE FACE, SO THIS CONCEALER SHOULD MATCH YOUR FOUNDATION PERFECTLY, IF ITS LIGHTER THAN YOUR FOUNDATION IT WILL ONLY HIGHLIGHT THE PROBLEM AREA MORE. BUT IF YOU DONT HAVE DARK DARK CIRCLES OR PROBLEM SKIN ONE CONCEALER SHOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH.

WHEN TO APPLY CONCEALER: THIS ANSWER IS SUBJECTIVE. THE MAKEUP WORLD STANDS DIVIDED. SOME PREFER TO APPLY FOUNDATION AFTER APPLYING CONCEALER AND SOME PREFER IT THE OTHER WAY. I AM ON THE SECOND BOAT I.E… I APPLY CONCEALER AFTER APPLYING FOUNDATION. I FIND THAT I NEED TO APPLY LESS CONCEALER IF I HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOUNDATION AS FOUNDATION DOES EVEN OUT MY SKIN TONE AND PROVIDES SUFFICIENT COVERAGE. YOU CAN TRY IT BOTH WAYS AND SEE WHICH WORKS BETTER FOR YOU.

PHEW!!! I GUESS THAT DOES IT ALL…IN CASE I MISSED ANYTHING PLEASE LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.
UNTIL NEXT TIME…..

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