March 15, 2017

correct. conceal. cover

I often get asked about my favourite concealers, what are colour correctors? and how to properly cover spots, dark circles and redness. Concealing is probably one of makeup's more confusing elements, but I'm going to try and make it a little less confusing!

First things first, assess your skin and determine if you need to conceal dark circles/spots, redness, dullness, breakouts, or just want general concealing/brightening (or a combination of a few). This will determine what products you need. Colour correctors are really becoming popular (and with good reason), so you may have seen various palettes of unconventionally coloured concealers on the shelves. These palettes are great because they usually have all the colour correctors you may need in one product, and don't skip this step! If you don't correct the underlying 'problem' no amount of foundation will give you a truly flawless face. See the colour wheel below for quick reference of what colour will cancel out

1. colour correct

If you have an issue that needs correcting this will be the first product you put on your face.

Green - Corrects redness. Apply to red spots/patches, and around nose area.
Peach - Corrects blue/purple dark circles. Apply to under-eye circles before applying any foundation or concealer.
Purple - Corrects dullness. Apply to skin that appears dull or ashy.

Make sure to apply sparingly, and blend out the edges really well.
From the drugstore I like the NYX Colour Correcting Concealer Palette, $14,, and the L'Oreal Total Cover Concealer Palette, $17, Walmart. 
From Sephora I like the Urban Decay Naked Colour Correcting Fluids, $35, 

2. foundation

After you've corrected your problem areas, you can go in with your foundation or BB cream to cover the concealing you just did, and even your skin tone. 

I always recommend Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Fluid Foundation; it's lightweight but buildable, comes in every shade possible, and works on just about every skin type. $52,

3. conceal + brighten

Lastly, apply your usual concealer to brighten and highlight; this will be applied mainly to the undereye area, but also a bit on the chin and centre of forehead. I love to apply my concealer in an upside triangle shape under my eye and blend with my beauty blender. 
***Don't forget to set with powder to avoid creasing!*** 

From the drugstore I like Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $8, 
From Sephora I like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $37,

If you have tried colour correcting or have a favourite concealer, let me know in the comments below!

- Lianne

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