Lizzi’s Makeup Basics – Concealer

In a perfect world, our skin would be clear and even without the need for foundation, our eyelids would be pre-primed and we’d NEVER get blemishes.  Sadly, it is not a perfect world.

It’s a fact of life that your skin will never behave when you need it to – spots appearing on the morning of the year 12 formal, brides who have perfect skin every day of their lives, until 2 days before the wedding, and of course the obligatory first date pimple is always there to greet us. Good skincare, always removing makeup and luck/good genes can help with this, but for the rest of us there are concealers.

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Concealers come in many forms and many different colours. Using some basic colour theory you can determine the best product to correct any type of skin sin. All you need to know is that colours across from each other on the colour wheel will cancel each other out.

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By checking the colour wheel you can see that areas of blue-purple discolouration (under the eyes or blue-veined eyelids) can be hidden with yellow or orange based concealers.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

If you suffer from redness (common areas are cheeks, blemishes or around the nose) this can probably be sorted out with a green concealer.

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It’s worth noting that these types of correcting concealers are best applied under your foundation.

Beyond colour specific concealers (​Editors note: also known as correctors​) there are the more common flesh coloured concealers to even out skin tone. these are best used and blended over foundation, they should be the exact shade of your skin and foundation. I personally choose to use mine under my foundation as I find I can build coverage without going too far and ruining my final look. It is then also possible to add more over the top.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

There are some concealers available that combine both such as the Rimmel Stay Matte, Dual Action Concealer which has a green core for neutralising redness and then a skin tone outer to blend for a more natural finish.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

If you find you need several different concealers for different areas of your face, there are palettes with multiple colours readily available. These often have 3 or more colours in them to cover almost anything.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

Sadly, given the purpose of concealers they are often sold in containers somewhat useless to the cause.  Most skin blemishes are caused by a build up of dirt/bacteria, so using a concealer straight from the stick or with the wand provided risks spreading this or worse, creating a hive of bacterial action within the container for later use.

I personally recommend using a clean, small, flat, synthetic brush to apply your concealer to your face, then, if you want, you can blend with clean fingers.  This eliminates the likelihood of cross contamination.

Do you use concealers? Have you tried colour correcting concealers before? What were your results?

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