Tuesday, 3 September 2013

#TheSOProject: 02 Concealer

Welcome, once again, to the SO Project! We're on week two now and today I'll be telling you all about concealer. If you need cluing in on what the SO Project actually is, then have a quick read of my introduction post. FOr me concealer is one of the best items of makeup. A bit of mascara and a dab of concealer can make a world of a difference, especially if you know how to use it properly! In fact, with the right techniques you may not even need foundation at all! Have a read and see why concealer is so useful.

The Basics of Concealing

Concealer is essentially designed to do just what the name suggests; conceal any imperfections whether they be spots, blemishes or discolouration. The types of concealer you can get on the market, however, are numerous. The main types are fluid consistencies, solid/creamier types and even powders. In my personal experience the fluids tend to be better for covering areas of redness or discolouration, whilst the more solid types are better for covering small areas such as spots or blemishes.

Concealers should always be placed over the top of foundation (the foundation will cover some discolouration by itself). To cover larger areas, a foundation brush should be used to help spread the product and blend it, whilst a smaller concealing brush is perfect for pin-point concealing. It is also important that you concealer matches the colour of your foundation - anything too dark will just make your face mucky and anything too light will highlight your imperfections rather than cover them! It is also a very good idea to set your concealer with some powder - be sure to press the powder onto the skin so that you don't wipe away all of your hard work!

Using Concealer to... Colour Correct

It is also worth noting that within the concealer family you can also buy correctors which come in different colours to counteract different tones of discolouration. For example, to cover your under-eye circles a lot of brands do a colour corrector with a peachy undertone to counteract the blue/purple. I haven't used one of these in a very long time, but my favourite that I've used is the Bobbi Brown Corrector due to its creamy texture which made it easy to blend. You can get other shades of corrector, such as green to counteract redness, but personally I prefer to do this with my foundation and regular concealer. You should layer up your corrector with some concealer on top so that your imperfections are completely undetectable!

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Using Conealer to... Highlight

Another way to use you concealer which everybody seems to be getting into right now (thanks to Kim Kardashian) is highlighting. Opting to use concealer (or even foundation) for your highlighting is a lovely, natural option. If you're not sure what highlighting is, it is basically using makeup to create the illusion of a really impressive bone structure! It works by putting concealer (or foundation) a couple of tones lighter than your main foundation on certain areas of the face to make them appear to 'stand out' more, giving the face more dimension and bringing more light to it, too. The main places to do this are:

  • The brow bone - That's the bone you can feel just under your brows (duh!).
  • The Under-eye 'V' area - Follow the line down from the corner of your eye that runs parellel with the bridge of your nose. Stop this line when you hit the cheekbone and then follow the natural line of your cheekbone. This is your outline, and the inside of this shape can be 'coloured in' with concealer, too.
  • The centre of the bridge of the nose - Avoid the very tip of your nose and carry the line up a little onto your forehead too (a couple of lines of concealer can be added just over your brows to bring even more light to your face!)
  • A bit on the chin - Easy there, tiger, you don't want to add so much that you look like a shine-ball!

My weapons of choice for this technique are either Kett Creme Foundation (highly pigmented, therefore perfect for concealing, or in this case, highlighting) or Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (my regular go-to concealer of choice). If I am using Kett I will put it on underneath my foundation, so that as I buff my foundation into the skin it helps to blend the highlight in even more. If I am using my Collection 2000 concealer I will tend to place this on top of my foundation due to its fluid consistency which makes it easy to blend in seamlessly. If you really want to amp up the chiseled cheekbone look then you may want to pair up your highlighting skills with some contouring, but I will talk more about this in Week Four: Bronzing!

Tried and tested...

Looking back, concealer is one item that I don't feel as though I've explored the market as much as I could do... I blame it on the hard=to-shop-for pale skin. Anyhow, here are a list of the concealers that I have tried and what I thought of them:
  • Mac Studio Finish - This was one of the first decent concealers that I tried and it worked really well for me for a while. I'd say that overall this is best for covering up individual spots. When I tried to use this to cover a cluster of blemishes on my chin, on the other hand, I actually found this to be really drying and it just ended up looking flaky.
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - This is my current favourite concealer. It comes in a tube with a sponge-tip applicator (perhaps not the most hygenic thing in the world) and is fantastic for undereyes and covering larger areas of redness. Plus it's £4.19 - bargain!
  • Kiko Full Coverage Concealer - This is a little greasier in consistency than Mac Studio Finish, but it is pretty good at covering up. Good value for money, but I wouldn't skip on the powder for this one!
  • Mac Moisture Cover - I really loved this concealer, but I find that it is so similar to the Collection 2000 one that I'd rather buy that instead and for a fraction of the cost!
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer - It was a while back when I used this, and it is a really lovely product but probably a little too on the creamy side for some people's tastes and incredibly expensive. If you like your concealer to be creeeamy and money isn't an issue then this may be for you!

I think that's just about it from me! I hope that this will help some of you to see the purposes of concealer that go beyond the obvious. If you have any questions on anything in this post then please feel free to leave a comment or tweet me.

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Do you have any extra uses/techniques for your concealer?

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Astrid Lam said...

nice post, i really liked it!

Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

I love the Collection concealer - it's amazing value for money! Xx


florenceandmary said...

So may similar products coming up in the concealer posts this week! Collection's one is great and I also use the Bobbi Brown which works for me.

Can't wait for next weeks post.


Charlotte said...

absolutely love this post, especially the part about highlighting! my post is here if you fancy a read http://gagaaboutbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-starting-off-proect-week-2-concealer.html ,
Charlotte xxx

Katie Bruce said...

Your highlighting tips were really useful, I never actually looked into how to highlight, I guessed!


Sophie K said...

great post!! :)

sophie xxx


Emily said...

Everyone has their own way, but a few seminars I've been to have said the same thing and it just makes sense to me! :) x

Emily said...

Ooh thank you, giving it a read now! x

Missmacbeauty said...

Great post! I learned so much!

xx- missmacbeauty.blogspot.com

Fernanda said...

I love your recommendations! I really wanna try the Bobbie Brown corrector! xx


Betzy Carmona said...

Very informative post :)