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Concealers.

We all (should) know by now that it’s much better to treat your concern rather then cover it but some days it just won’t go away straight away so we must call on our friend; concealer. Concealer’s can be an ultimate god send for some people, and a disaster for others. It can be difficult to find the right formula and shade to address different skin concerns, so use this guide to learn the In’s and outs and the basics of concealer.

Dark circles.

- SHADE/COLOUR: The best shade to correct dark circles is a pink, peach, yellow or orange base toned concealer that is a very similar shade to your natural skin tone. A shade lighter or two can be used to brighten dark circles however you will need to use a concealer with an exact match to your natural skin tone on top. This may result in cakey panda eyes though.

- FORMULA/FINISH: A creamy, lightweight, hydrating concealer should be used under the eye area for best results, preferably one with a slightly illuminating finish. Alternatively if you can’t find one with a illuminating finish use an illuminating pen under your eyes and draw a small upside down triangle and then blend.

- APPLICATION: Concealer for dark circles should be applied directly on the areas of darkness especially by the corner of the eye/side of the nose where their is the most darkness. It is best applied with a concealer brush and blended in with the ring or middle finger as the warmth of your fingers will help to give a more natural looking finish which melts in with the skin.

- ADDITIONAL: For extreme dark circles a corrector can be used underneath the concealer to, alternatively mixing a small amount of orange lipstick/cream blush or primer with a concealer will help to correct darkness. Finish by setting the area with a translucent yellow toned powder on an eye blending brush to avoid creasing and moving. For a full guide on dark circles click here.

 Redness.

- SHADE/COLOUR: The ideal shade to correct redness is to use a green toned concealer as this neutralizes the colour. A concealer that patches your skin tone exactly should be placed on top to avoid having a similar appearance to the character ‘Shrek’. If you do not have extreme redness or if you have extremely white skin a skin toned concealer by itself should work fine.

- FORMULA/FINISH:  The formula and finish for this is not to important but it really just depends on your skin type and the rest of your makeups finish. Oilier skin types should opt for a more matte version while drier and more sensitive skin types should opt for more creamier versions. Match the finish with the finish of your foundation. ie: Matte foundation = Matte Concealer. Dewy foundation = Dewy concealer.

- APPLICATION: Generally the best way to apply concealer to the area depends on the severeness and the largeness of a red area. Small areas should use a small concealer brush while larger areas should use a larger one, for best results pat in with fingers.

- ADDITIONAL: For redness all over the face use a green toned colour correcting primer to avoid looking cakey, just ensure you don’t apply to much or you will indeed end up having a similar resemblance to Shrek. For a full guide on redness click here.

Scars.

- SHADE/COLOUR: These really are the difficult ones to cover as they come in all shapes and sizes. So my best advice? Embrace them, they make you, you! However if you don’t want to I completely understand so the colouring and shading for this concern depends entirely on the type of scars. For raised scars use a concealer in the same shade as your skin tone and if it still appears raised use a shade darker on top. For scars that leave an ‘indent’ in the skin use a shade that matches the skin tone.

- FORMULA/FINISH: For raised scars any type of concealer works well especially liquids and creams. For ‘indent’ scars you are best to use a resurfacing primer and then a thick waxy concealer.

- APPLICATION: For both scars the best way to apply is to apply it directly on the area. A small concealer brush works best for this sort of application.

- ADDITIONAL: Set with a translucent powder and a blending eye brush to avoid creasing.


 Darkness & Acne Scars.

- SHADE/COLOUR: Acne scars and darkness require a similar type of attention as dark circles. The best shade to correct dark acne scars is a pink, peach, yellow or orange base toned concealer that is a very similar shade to your natural skin tone. A shade lighter or two can be used to brighten the darkness however ensure you use a skin tone shade on top. 

- FORMULA/FINISH: A thick waxy type concealer with a finish similar to your foundation should be used.

- APPLICATION: Try to only apply the product on the acne scars or discolouration/ darkness themselves rather then over the entire area. For best results a small concealer brush will work as you can add more if needed. It should be applied directly onto the darkness and blended with a brush or your ring finger depending on personal preference.

-orange lip makeup ADDITIONAL: For extreme acne scars or discolouration a corrector can be used underneath the concealer. Alternatively mixing a small amount of orange lipstick/cream blush or primer with a concealer will help to correct darkness. For a guide on fading acne scars click here.

Pimples.

- SHADE/COLOUR: This concealer shade should exactly match your skin tone to avoid highlighting the pimple. However if after applying concealer your pimple still appears raised apply a concealer one shade darker onto the raised area. If your pimple has redness use a green toned concealer underneath and finish with a skin toned concealer on top.

- FORMULA/FINISH: The formula and finish of this concealer should be different then your under eye concealer. A concealer which has a thick/waxy formula which dries to a powder finish is the best option, however some liquid concealers work great to. For the best results and an added bonus use a concealer which contains salicylic acid, these treat pimples while covering!

- APPLICATION: A very small fine tip brush for a precise application, blended with the brush or very lightly with your finger, insure not to spread the concealer to the surrounding skin. Try; Manicare concealer brush, Benefit Cosmetics concealer brush.

- ADDITIONAL: Set with a translucent yellow toned powder on an eye blending brush to avoid creasing and moving. For a full guide on covering pimples click here.

Broken Capillaries & Sun spots.

- SHADE/COLOUR: This concealer shade should exactly match your skin tone to avoid highlighting the area. However if your sun spots are extreme you can opt to use a shade lighter and then a skin tone shade on top. If the broken capillaries are very red then use a green toned concealer then follow with a skin toned shade.

- FORMULA/FINISH: The formula and finish of this concealer should be different then your under eye concealer. A concealer which has a thick/waxy formula which dries to a powder finish is the best option, however some liquid concealers work great to.

- APPLICATION: A very small fine tip brush for a precise application, blended with the brush or very lightly with your finger, insure not to spread the concealer to the surrounding skin. Try; Manicare concealer brush, Benefit Cosmetics concealer brush.

- ADDITIONAL: Set with a translucent yellow toned powder on an eye blending brush to avoid creasing and moving.


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