I was recently asked by a follower of my blog, whether you should apply concealer before or after your foundation. It made me realise that not everyone would know the answer to this question and so I decided to do a blog post all about concealer. And trust me, when concealer is used properly, it can change your life!
Firstly, your concealer should only be used to cover that which your foundation does not. So, after applying your foundation, depending on whether it’s full coverage or something like a tinted moisturiser, you’ll need to go back in with your under eye concealer and a concealer for blemishes.
In order to keep that concealer and foundation glued to your face all day long, you’ll need to apply a primer. I personally love the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. As the name suggests, it not only makes your base last a lot longer but it also gives the skin a glow. Using a pea sized amount, apply this all over your face. Once you’ve applied your primer, it’s time to put on whatever foundation you’re loving!
Now it’s time to get in a fixed those under eye, dark circles. Whether you naturally have dark circles, or you just didn’t get enough sleep the night before, concealer is here to brighten up your face and will make people think you’ve had a good 12 hours of sleep. In order to counteract the blue tones that can appear under your eyes, you want to use a concealer that is a salmon tone. This will make those dark circles disappear. I love to use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles. I have this in the shade fair and it is the perfect colour for me. I apply this in a V shape under the eyes and blend it out either using my ring finger or the pointy end of my makeup blending sponge. To make things a little more brighter, I apply the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in 01 Ivory. I just put a couple of dots of this in the inner corner of my eye and blend it out. I love this product and have used it nearly every day since I bought it months ago (as you can probably tell in the photo, I’m in need of a repurchase). It makes such a beautiful difference to your face that I couldn’t live without.
Now it’s time to cover those pesky blemishes that appear every so often. For those of you who are blessed with beautiful clear skin, you can just skip this step, but for those of you like myself, this has to be one of the most important step in my makeup routine. To cover up blemishes I like to use either the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla or the Stila Perfecting Concealer in Shade A, which I know you’ve heard me go on and on about. The Nars Concealer can be used for under your eyes as well, making it an even better product. However, as it isn’t as thick as the Stila Concealer, I prefer to use it on any scarring or smaller blemishes that I have and then the Stila Concealer on those large blemishes that need a lot of covering. I place a small amount of concealer on the back of my hand and then dot my Real Techniques Contour Brush into the concealer before blending it in over the top of any blemishes. A tip that I wish I had known sooner, is to never apply your concealer onto blemishes straight out of the packaging, as it will spread bacteria and create further problems on your skin, that I’m sure you do not want to deal with.
To keep everything in place, go over all the areas where you used concealer, with a translucent powder. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which I highly recommend. To do this, I just use the same Real Techniques Brush as I did to concealer. For those blemishes that need a lot of covering, you can layer concealer, then powder, then concealer, then powder etc… until you get your desired coverage.
I know this is a lot to take it, but I promise it will make a huge difference to applying your makeup every day and covering those nasty blemishes and under eye circles.