Feb 17, 2014

Concealers Part 1: Blemishes

I'd like to share with you all I've learned about concealers and the different ways I like to use them.  This is part one and I'll focus on concealing blemishes.


I know I'm not alone in saying that blemishes are my nemesis.  I have fought with them as long as I can remember and I'm sure I've tried most concealers on the market over the past 15+ years.  In my teens I swore by Covergirl (the liquid with a wand formula) and that did very well for me as far as I can remember!  In my early twenties I got into Clinique and used probably dozens of their concealers over the years.  Once I started working in my mid-twenties I really branched out into other brands.

My current rotation of concealers for blemishes:


Benefit Erase Paste in the Shade No. 1 Fair is my go-to blemish concealer.  I have used at least 3 or 4 of these tubs in their entirety.  It is $32 from Sephora.
  • The colour is a good match for me most of the year
  • It has a relatively thick consistency
  • It has full coverage
  • It lasts all day
  • It "plays nice" with my foundation and powder
  • It handles raised bumps and scabs from healing blemishes


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Medium 1 Custard is my latest addition to my blemish covering arsenal.  I use the shade Light 2 Vanilla as an under-eye concealer but it is a little too light for use around my mouth and nose.  I've been using this product for about a month and am liking it so far.  It is $32 from Sephora.
  • The colour is a good match for my winter skin
  • It has a medium, buildable coverage
  • It has a nice, creamy consistency and isn't too sticky
  • It blends nicely on top of my Lancome Teint Idole foundation.

Revlon Photoready Concealer in the shade 001 Fair is one that I bought after reading about it online.  Several beauty bloggers recommended this product - as they often do the Revlon line as a whole.  I was really surprised!  For a $10 concealer (compared to my $30 NARS product) this was a great buy!  I've been using it for about 6 months and I will definitely re-purchase.  It is $11.99 from Well.ca.
  • The colour is perfect for me - blends in seamlessly
  • It is so easy to use as I just twist up and apply it from the tube
  • It is nice and creamy and blends without creasing
  • I like to apply this under foundation if my skin is especially bad because it doesn't interfere with foundation at all
  • It is perfect to carry in my purse for mid-day touch-ups.


MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in the shade NW20 is a product I use every single day - whether I'm doing a full face or not.  This is my holy-grail concealer for any discolouration in my skin - sun damage or pigmentation.  This stuff is magical, I swear.  I bought it when I ran out of Benefit Boi-ing (a REALLY good concealer - $26 from Sephora).  It is $22 online from MAC.

  • It applies beautifully with a concealer brush (I use the MAC 195 to apply)
  • It buffs out seamlessly (I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer 57)
  • I can use it under or over my foundation.
  • It is the perfect little portable pot to slip into any makeup bag or travel kit


Brushes for concealer:




When you are dealing with blemishes, brushes are really important.  First of all if you have acne or pimples - you need to avoid using your fingers as that will add bacteria and slow the healing.  Also, touching the blemishes can make them even redder.


Swatches:



Here you can see the shades on my skin.  I haven't blended obviously so you can see what the original shade looks like.

I hope that this proves useful to some readers!  Next up - using concealers for under-eye coverage.

Sarah
xxx


1 comment:

  1. excellent tips and product reviews! this will help me with my shopping :)

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