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?


The Liebster Award

Liebster AwardOver the past week or so I have been nominated for a few different tags and awards by my fellow bloggers and I am always incredibly grateful for any nominations I receive. Over the next two weeks I will get round to accepting all of them. I have been nominated for a few Liebster Awards in the past (1), (2), (3), (4) and I have linked them all if you’d like to have a read. Thank you so much to Dannii for nominating me for this one!

Dannii’s Questions:

1. What city or town do you currently live in?

I’m pretty sure I’ve never answered this question before because I don’t think any of you would have heard of it. I live in a city called Rotorua in New Zealand.

2. How old are you?

I turned 21 in January.

3. What is currently your favourite makeup or beauty item?

Either The Body Shop’s Shea Body Whip which I apply before I get dressed, Asia lipstick by Rimmel or Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer in Copper.

4. What has been your highlight of 2016 so far?

Probably my birthday! It was such a special day and my mum really surprised me by covering the table and lounge with presents and balloons.

5. What is your favourite holiday destination and why?

I have never been out of New Zealand before so I don’t have one. I want to go to The UK but apart from that I don’t really have anywhere else on my list at the moment.

6. Name 5 things on your bucket list?

  1. Visit The UK (I’m obsessed)
  2. See Kylie Minogue in concert
  3. Get my license
  4. Be a contestant on The Chase
  5. Record an album

7. What would be your dream job?

Easy, singer! I’ve wanted to be a singer since I was 10 years old. I know so many people say that when they’re young but I genuinely have this love and passion for music that I don’t have for anything else. It’s silly, but I get emotional thinking about it. Getting to sing for a living would be a dream come true! I used to want to be an accountant, a hairdresser and even a makeup artist at one point.

8. Name your 3 favourite songs at the moment?

  1. Zayn – Pillowtalk
  2. Jessica Agombar – Cookie Cutter
  3. Delta Goodrem – Wings (it’s still a tune!)

9. What is your favourite food?

Chips… fries or potato chips I don’t mind. I don’t like them as much as I used to though but I don’t have any other favourites.

10. If you won a large amount of money, what would you spend it on?

I’d be very sensible and save most of it. In saying that I would hop straight on a plane to England and start exploring. A lot of it would probably be spent on concerts and gigs and makeup too. Oops.

I really enjoyed answering these questions and I hope you learnt something new about me. I’m going to nominate three people and I’d like to see them answer the same questions I did.

I nominate:


Autumnal Makeup | Collaboration with Drifting Lexi

Autumnal MakeupAutumn has well and truly arrived and it’s time for me to start thinking about incorporating more purple and berry tones into my everyday makeup. I’m super excited about today’s post as it is a collaboration with Lauren from Drifting Lexi. I have left a link so you can check out Lauren’s look at the end of this post. Lauren has created a Spring makeup look and I’m showcasing an Autumnal look I plan on wearing a ton over the next couple of months. The idea for this collaboration was to make sure all bases were covered no matter where you live or which season you’re going into.

Autumnal Makeup ProductsProducts Used:

Instead of showing you what I used and the finished look I want to provide you with a couple of alternative products and explain why I chose some of the makeup I did for this look.

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 15 Fair
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 081 Fair Ivory – Colour wise this foundation is barely undetectable on my skin, which ultimately, is the goal right?! I’m a pale girl and I totally embraced that for this look. I had the idea to make my skin look perfect and flawless, like a porcelain doll.
  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil – Hazel
  • Max Factor Excess Shimmer – 20 Copper – Alternatively you could use Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in Bad To the Bronze (On and On Bronze in The UK). I liked the idea of throwing in more traditional, bronze Autumn tones.
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – 01 Light
  • Dainty Doll Powder Blush – 001 Hippy Shake – I could have gone full on porcelain doll with my blush and made my cheeks stand out but I already planned to have a bold lip. I opted for a beautiful lilac blush and doubled it as a highlighter.
  • Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick – After Dark – I went down the traditional route of incorporating a berry lip and the best way I can think to describe After Dark is being Rimmel 107’s more purple cousin. Rimmel 107 is a cult classic among bloggers and is one of the best shades for A/W. Let me simplify that: Rimmel 107 – berry, wine red. After Dark – dark berry purple.

The Finished Look:

Autumn MakeupDon’t forget to check out Lauren’s post and let us know what you think of each look!