Sunday, October 26, 2008

Concealer Makeup Tips Can Be A Woman's Best Friend

I admit that concealer is my #1 favorite makeup product and makes the most impact when used correctly. Yes, it might take an extra couple of minutes to deal with those dark circles from a long night out or just being up throughout the night consoling a teething 6 month old (uh hem, my current struggle!), but trust me - you, and the rest of the world that will have to look at you will thank you!

Prime Example- Miss Britney Spears (who is making a comeback ya'll, have you heard her new song, "Womanizer", it's classic Brit ) looks like a pop princess when using her concealer rather than the pop "flop" picture sans concealer on the left.

A lot of women admit to me that they are intimidated by concealer, "what type to use?", "what color?", "where is the best place to use it?", etc. So here is a quick lesson in helping to erase the imperfections you might want to forget about.

"The Art of Concealing"

Dark Circles: First let me start by saying, there are lots of products on the market that are supposed to fix or lighten you undereye circles, but honestly, those circles are caused by the hereditary dark veins that lie beneath the surface of that thin skin under your eye, and they're there to stay. You just have to figure out how to cover them up. And as you age, that thin skin just gets thinner so you have to work a little extra harder than you did when you were 21.
  • Pick a concealer that is hydrating so as not to settle in the fine lines around your eyes. Allure magazine recently named Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palettes, as their top pick for concealer that claims not to sit in those pesky lines.
  • When choosing a concealer shade, DON'T go lighter. This is a misconception, and actually does the opposite of concealing. It gives you a greyish dead look and you end up having racoon eyes. Go a shade or 2 darker than your natural skin tone or foundation. This is especially true if you're covering up puffiness which occasionally has some white in it, so you want a darker tone to recede the problem.
  • Depending on the coloring of your dark circles, pick the following colored concealers: if you have a bluish purple under eye area, go for a warm beige tone. If you have yellowish brown under eye area, go for a cooler pinkish beige tone.
  • When applying, the choice to use your finger or a concealer brush is totally a personal preference to me. I use a brush on my clients so as not to poke my finger in their eye and to get a more precise application, but on myself, I use my own finger. Be sure to focus on the inner eye near the nose and then underneath until you reach the outer corner of the eye. But don't go out too far on the outside, most dark circles stop right before you reach the outside of the eye.
Blemishes: These are a bit trickier to cover up depending on what "stage" your blemish aka pimple,zit,volcano, is in. If it's still under the surface it's easier to conceal than if you've picked and proded at your blemish and now the skin on top is broken and gooey. Yuck, I know, but we all do it.
  • Again, pick a color a shade or two lighter than you natural skin. Because if you pick a lighter color it will draw attention to the blemish instead of disguising it.
  • This is where I would suggest a concealer brush so as to get a precise application on the smaller area that you're working on. Take the concealer and warm it up on the back of your hand by swirling your brush around in it, then apply several light layers of the product until you're happy with the coverage. I would "dot" on the product rather than swiping which gets all over the place.
  • Set your camouflage with some translucent powder to give it extra staying power.
Redness: Some form of redness/darkness usually occurs right around the sides of our noses and the corners of our mouth. It's not reeally noticeable until you actually apply a little bit of concealer on those problem areas and then you notice it automatically brightens up your face!
  • Use a hydrating concealer with a yellow based coloring for this area as well- see suggestion above in dark circles
Practice makes perfect when it comes to concealer, so don't give up on it and keep trying to perfect the art of camouflaging! You never know when the paparazzi is gonna catcha without it.....

6 comments:

Mommy Janna said...

Thanks Jennifer for the great tips. I have actually started using concealer since you have started your blog and highly recommend it. Thank you! It has made the most difference. It really makes my face look more even and smooth. I alsoo find that my make up stays on longer and better. I have really been doing it when I do not want to put on make up but do not want to look dead. Keep the tips commin'!

Savvy Mode SG said...

too true. after a long night to sleeplessness, concealer is my best friend.

Laney said...

I remember we always used Lancome's waterproof concealer. I went and got a sample yesterday after reading your article and remember why I used to love it is so much!

Ally said...

Jenny,

Dark circles under the eye run in my family and I'm starting to notice them on me. I've heard a lot about Bobbi Brown's concealers and how good they are - not only for coverage but in terms of skincare.

Do you know much about her line? If so, would it be a good choice for someone of my age (31)? Also on her website, she has concealers, a concealer kit, and correcter - what's the difference?

Very confusing! Thanks girl!

JennySue said...

ally, first off, yes bobbi brown's concealers would be a good fit for your age- her products satisfy for all age ranges and needs. secondly, all that makes the concealer "kit" different from the concealer, is that it contains some matching powder to set your concealer that you're paying extra for...all you really need to "set" it is some cheapo translucent powder in my opinion. the corrector product is just a thicker more densely pigmented product for extreme dark circles and blemishes. so if your circles aren't toooo bad, i doubt you need something that hard core and would be find with her original creamy concealer.

Ally said...

Thanks Jenny!

No mine aren't that bad so I think the concealer is probably the best fit for me right now. I use MAC for my everyday makeup but don't like their concealers. I have some MAC transleucent powder so that should work instead of purchasing the "kit". Thanks so much for the advice! I'll let you know how it works out. I love your blog - I've learned so much!