My Concealer Secrets

My Concealer SecretsIn the world of beauty blogging, I don’t tend to read or see a lot of posts dedicated to concealer. Sure, I might read a review about a concealer purchased in a haul but not much along the lines of personal colour selection and application technique. I thought it would be interesting to share my experiences with concealer as well as a few tips and tricks.

As far as concealers go I don’t think they are as difficult to match to a person’s skin-tone as foundation. Most brands tend to offer a handful of shades and there doesn’t seem to be as much difficulty finding one that suits. Fair skinned ladies know to look for words like fair, ivory and porcelain while ladies at the other end of the spectrum are more likely to look for words like sand and beige. If you’re between shades, mixing two together should ideally result in your perfect shade.

My Concealer Story

I thought it would also be helpful to share my concealer story with you and the products I’ve used in the past. Sometimes I don’t consider myself a ‘proper’ beauty blogger as I have only ever worn four different concealers. I have certainly swatched more than that but to me, concealer isn’t something you buy as frequently as a lipstick or an eyeshadow. Once you find one you like, you tend to stick with it. For years I used to use stick concealer but last year I made the switch to cream concealer as I have dry skin and find the consistency better for my skin. Currently, I am using the Lasting Perfection Concealer by Collection and I recently finished up a tube of Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer.

I still keep my stick concealers. One is by Australis and the brand name on the other has rubbed off. The second one used to belong to my mum but she gave it to me and boy did it work a treat! I purchased the Australis concealer as a replacement but it wasn’t as creamy and tended to cling to dry patches. I have found the Australis concealer does come in handing for highlighting on top of my regular concealer though. It blends in beautifully with a sponge.

To recap, the concealers I have used in the past and link to my earlier point about keywords in concealer shade names:

  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 15 Fair
  • Australis Concealer – Light
  • Unknown brand – Light

How and Where Do I Apply Concealer?

Each person has a slightly different application technique and which parts of the face they use concealer on. Personally, I apply concealer on my nose and chin where I get redness and sometimes I’ll apply it to the outer corners of my eyes or if I have a blemish. I don’t get dark circles under my eyes luckily, so I don’t need to apply it there.

Concealer tends to look more flawless on me if it’s patted into the skin with my finger or applied using a makeup sponge. The warmth of a finger helps concealer to blend more easily.

If I need more concealer than usual I will apply a light layer under my foundation and another layer on top of my foundation so the concealer doesn’t look thick and cakey.

On the odd occasion I feel like highlighting, I will always use a stick concealer for that and apply it in a triangle shape on my cheekbones, down the sides of my nose, on my chin and on my forehead before blending it in with a sponge.

The Best Concealers?

When writing this post, I came across an article on Into the Gloss compiling a list of their best concealers for different purposes ranging from the best for dry skin to the best for a matte finish. CLICK HERE to check out the list!

Do you have any concealer tips and tricks you’d like to share?


7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty TagHappy Friday lovelies! In the two years I’ve been blogging I’ve seen this tag around a lot and I’ve never done it so I thought it was about time I changed that! I saw this tag on Claire’s blog recently and loved the concept and the sound of the questions. Let’s get started!

GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item?

I think it must be a white/purple iridescent nail polish I bought a few years back for $2. For the price, it’s a decent polish – not the worst I own by a long shot.

WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

  • Partly foundation because I’m so pale. Every brand needs to come out with a Fair Ivory shade à la Rimmel’s Match Perfection.
  • My Maybelline Colour Tattoo in the shade Inked In Pink (also known as Pink Gold in The UK). Don’t get me wrong, the colour is beautiful in the pot but I feel it doesn’t translate the same way on my eyelids. The formula isn’t as creamy as everyone talks about, I don’t know whether I got a bad one that has dried up but I don’t reach for it as often as I would like.

GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

The hand cream I’m using at the moment smells like bubblegum. (It’s the Pomegranate Hand & Nail Cream by Olive in case you’re wondering). *LINK*

SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect due to laziness?

Easy – eyeliner! Times are a changing though, I purchased a dark brown eyeliner from Rimmel a few weeks ago and I’m determined to master how to use it. I’ve used it once so far… It did turn out pretty well though.

PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most confidence?

Lipstick fo’ sure! In my opinion you can never go wrong with a bold lip! I joke frequently that I should be a lip model because I seem to suit every colour and lipstick always lasts forever on my lips. A close second would be mascara, my bottom lashes are particularly light (almost blonde) and mascara really opens up my eyes.

LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Arms/hands, to me they signify strength and protection which signifies masculinity. My hands are small and I love the thought of someone holding my hand, I’m kind of cute and soppy like that. Thoughtfulness also goes a long way.

ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I’d like to try the Urban Decay palettes to see if they’re as good as everyone makes out because I don’t think you can buy them in New Zealand.

That’s all the questions, hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading! If you decide to do this tag, leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out!