Water and sleep are our best friends when it comes to skincare. A LOT of water and a LOT of sleep, that is. But we can’t have it all can we? We are all too busy “life-ing” and “adult-ing” that we just cannot be bothered to get extra Z’s and hydration.
This is where concealers save the day. Everybody has their own tricks and secrets when applying their favourite concealers. That’s why the wonderful beauty blog, Into The Gloss – founder of the brand Glossier, asked me to share my own secrets on how I perfect my concealer game.
1. Take good care of your skin
This is the best trick on getting you makeup on fleek. 5 simple things: water, sleep, cleanse, moisturize, sunscreen.
2. Find the best concealer for your skin type
One concealer might give amazing results to a lot of people, but it doesn’t mean it will do the same for you. Before buying a concealer, you should know what type of skin you have. Is it dry, combination, oily, acne-prone, sensitive? Different concealers are targetted to do some jobs that some can’t. To dive into the deets, Into The Gloss has come up with their top concealers in every category. Read about it here!
3. Apply as little product as possible
The doe-foot applicator may pick up a lot of product, but you don’t have to apply all of it to your face. I find that one doe-foot could be a little too much for me so I scrape the excess off back in the container. I tend to apply the thinnest layer possible and build it up from there if I need more coverage. Applying a thin layer prevents caking, and cake is for eating. Not for makeup. ?
4. Find the tool that’s right for you
My personal preference is to use a Beauty Blender or a sponge to blend my concealer in. IMO, the Beauty Blender makes the concealer blend seamlessly to the skin. It also works for me because my skin is very dry and flaky that a brush can sometimes cause microexfoliation. I occasionally use my fingers when I’m at it because reaching for the BBlender and running it through water might be too much work. (#feelinglazy #imightberushing #dontjudgeme) Honestly though, your fingers are your best makeup tools!
NOTE: When you prefer to use your fingers, make sure that it’s CLEAN!
5. Selecting a colour/shade is vital
A shade lighter for under the eyes
Going for this route brightens the whole face and will make you look “awake”. I don’t recommend going 3 shades lighter than your skin tone as it might make you look washed out. When looking for a concealer good for under the eyes, find the keywords: “brightening”, “illuminating”, “highlighting”.
A shade similar to your skin tone for spots
Avoid the keywords mentioned above when you’re looking to cover up spots. The last thing we want is to highlight something we want to cover.
6. Conceal the spots
A trick I learned when covering up spots is to layer it on so it doesn’t move around. Dab a thin layer of concealer on the spot. Set it with translucent powder. Dab another layer. Set it again. This trick ensures that the spot is completely covered up and won’t melt off and move around throughout the day.
7. Prevent “Panda Eyes”
There is nothing worse than getting you mascara or eyeliner smudging all over your under eye area in the middle of the day. I always have that problem because my eyes are built in a way that my upper lashes always touch my under eyes whenever laugh (and I do a million times in a day #asianeyes #asianproblems). How do I prevent this? Simple.
Once I finish priming my lids for eyeshadow, I take what’s left of the primer on my ring finger and dab it on my under eye corners. I then proceed on setting that primer with a translucent powder. That’s it. I notice that when I do this step, my “panda eyes” are nowhere to be seen.
8. Always set it
Always set it with a translucent powder or any of your favourite powder. This prevents creasing and generally prolongs your makeup staying power. Two products I use: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and that middle yellow shade from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. A good drugstore alternative is the Rimmel Stay Matte in shade 01 Translucent.
That’s it! I hope I’ve shared something new with you today! Thanks for dropping by!
Big thanks to Into The Gloss for inspiring me to write this post! ❤️