I’ve got a secret. Can you keep it? Well the good news is that you don’t have to! I’ve got a few of my worst kept secrets all about concealers about to be exposed, and you’re not going to want to miss them! If you’ve visited the land of bill in the past, then it would be no secret that concealer is one of my all time favourite products. Whether i’m going full blown glamorous or more toned down and natural… you can bet your little tootsies that concealer will be included. Now the majority of people will know the basics of concealer, the hint is in the name after all.. to conceal and correct any thing less than perfect to keep us looking flawless. Who wouldn’t love a bit of concealer ay? But there are so many other unique tricks which make concealer so versatile and brilliant. So to avoid further rambling, I am just going to go right ahead and let you in on a few secrets…
1. Foundation Frustrations Fixed
Let’s start out with a simple secret. One that the majority of people may be aware of, but it’s such a good hack. There has been many a day when I have gone to apply my foundation and is has just dissapeared. Gone! As frustrating as it can be when your foundation runs out and you didn’t buy a back up, it’s not the end of the world! Take a liquid concealer that is the right shade for you. I would recommend something like the Mac Pro Longwear concealer as it has a very liquidy finish, but any concealer will work. Then simply mix it with your favourite primer or moisturiser to create a flawless base. The great thing about using a concealer is that you can add as much or as little concealer to customize your coverage and the primer/moisturiser stops it from sitting too heavy on your skin.. It’s the perfect remedy!
2. Your Face Isn’t One Colour
Another simple yet important tip. Your face is not the same colour! It is always handy to keep two concealers in your makeup bag, I like to keep two of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealers, a lighter colour to brighten up those under eyes and eliminate that darkness, and the slightly darker one for the problem areas of your skin. Having a breakout? Conceal the beast my loves, no one will ever know!
3. Creasing Concealer Clues
Does your concealer crease a lot under your eyes? Even when you set it with a powder? One of my bug bares when it comes to concealers is using a stick or thick cream concealer under the eyes. Of course, I am not saying that you can’t, it’s not against the law but it may be a contributing factor to your creasing troubles. Stick/pot concealers tend to be very thick and some are drying. I find anything too thick or heavy creases so much more than a liquid. Stick to those liquid concealers and you should be good to go. Unless you have oily under eyes like yours truly, then may the makeup lords help you!
Thick under eye creams can also affect your under eye concealer. Anything too thick can cause creasing as well, that’s why I like to stick to my moisturiser or a thin eye serum. It doesn’t sit under the eye uncomfortably and it soaks right up ready for a smooth concealer application!
4. Customize Your Concealer
Not everyone’s face is the same, that is fact. What I love about concealer is that you can customize it to suit your skin type. Is there a concealer that you love but is maybe too matte for your liking? Add a bit of liquid highlighter in there for a bit of glow. More on the oily side? Set that concealer with a mattifying powder and you will be on your way. My favourite duo at the moment is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer mixed with the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen. It adds a natural glow to your under eye. Simple right?
5. Your Personal Time Machine
I know I am not the only one who has started doing a winged liner and wish I could of gone back in time before things got ugly. Wings are the bane of my existence! No need to remove all your makeup and start again, you can use concealer on an angled brush to erase any mistakes and clean things up. The same goes for eye shadow, lipstick and brows. Concealer is your own personal makeup eraser. Sloppy contour? Concealer is the way.
6. Eye Primers Don’t Cost A Thing
I don’t understand the hype with eye primers. Why pay extra money on a product when you’ve already got one sat in your makeup bag? Concealer is the only thing I use to prime my eye lids before shadows. It evens out the skin tone on my eye and brightens everything up. Set it with a powder before applying your shadows and it is a blendaholics dream. Your eyelids will never look more flawless!
7. Custom Eye Shadows
This has got to be one of my favourite and most unique concealer tricks. You can pick up some great cream eye shadows, what’s better than customizing your own though? It’s such a fun way to experiment with makeup! You can make neutral browns by mixing a creamy concealer with a little bit of brow gel or pomade, you can mix cream blushes or bronzers. The reason I would recommend mixing these items with a concealer is that the colour becomes more opaque and it will feel much smoother on the eyelid as well, using a heavier concealer such as the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Concealer will stop products, such as cream blushes, to be too creamy and they won’t transfer or crease. Set that with a bit of powder and that colour will be locked in all day long.
Tip: For fun spring shadows, mix your concealer with a liquid lipstick, these shadows will last all day long but the concealer will stop the lipstick from becoming uncomfortable, hard to remove and dry, it will just be pretty pink shadow galore! You can also use this tip on the lips, which brings me to my next secret…
8. Custom Lip Colours
Have you ever bought a nude lipstick and thought ‘it’s just not nude enough’? Being as pale as pale can be, I have often bought a pretty nude pink and it can look almost fuchsia on my lips. Concealer can nude up any lip colour. The best part of using this trick is that the concealer will help match your skin’s undertone, so the nude lip will look even better. I love using this trick with pink lipsticks that are too bright or purple toned. It just mutes the colour and creates your perfect custom nude. Another one of my favourite tricks!
Tip: Use a highlighting concealer for a more satin finish, or a matte finish for a matte looking lip colour. My favourite concealer to use is the Rimmel Match Perfection as it is light and doesn’t sit heavy on the lips.
9. Set Your Masterpiece
In my opinion, concealer needs to be set. If you have oily skin then this will be no different to anything that you’re used to. For more dry skin then this may be a change in your normal routine, but don’t be scared! I always recommend setting your concealer in place with a powder, as it locks every thing in and keeps it there all day long. I then like to go over my entire face with a setting spray. For those of you with dry skin and like to be dewy, then this will be your saving grace. The setting powder will melt all of the powers and liquids together and will reduce that powdery finish. The Mac Fix + is amazing for giving you a dewy finish, even if your face is chockablock with powder. Magic.. Perfect for all skin types and even better, you’ll have long wearing concealer all day long.
10. Every Day Is Different
I think the most important tip I can give you, not just for concealer but makeup in general, is that every day your skin will be different. You may have been to the beach one day and got a slight tan, you may be having breakouts, your skin may be having a dry day, you may have a really good concealer day one day and then creasing the next… Every single day will be different whether you see massive or minuscule changes. Mix up your routine. If you are having a dry day, then opt for a more dewy concealer. If you got a tan over the weekend then don’t use a concealer too light for your skin tone as you will just make those areas stand out. Every day is different, adapt to your skin and you will be fine. Not to mention concealed to perfection…
Concealer not-so-secrets, and a few little added favourites in there too. It’s your lucky day! I mentioned a lot of liquid concealers here, but not so many pots of concealer recommendations. As you know, I am not the biggest fan of pot concealers for my under eyes so I don’t tend to buy them. If you are looking for a good heavy duty concealer, then you need to read this. A great little guide on those heavy duty concealers that can cover anything… As I can’t give you an honest opinion, then this post will tell you all you need to know!
I hope you enjoyed and until next time lovelies,