Monday, September 2, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Concealer

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Hello, beauties! It's week two of The Starting Off Project, a blogging series full of tips and tricks to help beauty newbies learn the ropes of makeup. Last week, we opened the series with a post dedicated to skincare techniques and must have products. Today, we'll be delving into the world of concealer!

So, for the uninitiated, what, exactly, is concealer? Concealer is this handy dandy little product that has a plethora of uses. It corrects, it brightens, it perfects, and it highlights, creating a flawless base. It's really, in my opinion, one of the most important products that a person can have in their beauty arsenal. The rule of thumb is to get a concealer a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, and in my experience this rule has always worked a treat.


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Now that you know what concealer is and what it does, how do you wear it? Every makeup lover has their own way of applying it. Some merely spot treat, while others just give their under eyes a quick swipe with it. I, on the other hand, use it as a tool to cover dark under eye circles, conceal any sudden spots, brighten my face, correct any pesky redness, and to do a bit of sculpting. Here's my personal concealer routine:

  • Apply a couple of dabs under the eyes. Cover under eye circles, correct redness beside the nostrils and brighten the face by taking those dabs and creating a right triangle from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner of the eye, down and across to the nostril, and back up to the inner corner of the eye. Fill in with the remainder of the dabs. Blend well!
  • Apply a couple of dots to the chin to correct redness and cover any imperfections. Spread over the whole chin, blending well.
  • Run a touch of concealer down the nose to brighten skin. Blend over sides.
  • Apply several dots of concealer between the eyes/eyebrows creating a sort of upside down triangle. Blending, do this to correct redness and dullness that frequently shows up right between the eyes.
  • Dab any spots that need to be treated and blend until seamless.

So, that's my concealer routine! The best thing you can do is sit down and study your face well in a mirror, learning all of it's imperfections, and then work with your concealer to create a routine that addresses each of those things. You might find that my routine is overkill on your own face, or you might find that it's not enough. Take a day and practice with it!

We've got a routine down, so what concealer works best? There are several different types of concealer. You've got your sticks, your pencils, your pot solids, and your liquid tubes. I've tried them all, and I always come back to liquids. They have superior blendability, and their coverage seems to be the best. 

However, I think that sticks would come in as a close second for me. Especially if you take your blow dryer and zap it for a couple seconds to soften the product! While pencils give you very exact coverage, I've never found them to actually cover. They just wipe away at the first touch. I wouldn't recommend pencils.

Now that we've talked routines and types of concealers, I bet you're wondering what my go-to concealer is. If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you've undoubtedly heard me raving over Hard Candy's Glamoflauge concealer. It's a heavy duty concealer designed to cover tattoos, but it gives such amazing coverage and brightens the face so much that I just adore using it. It makes my skin looks like it's straight out of a magazine when I wear it. It's an American only product, but if you can get your hands on it somehow, I totally think you should!

And, that, darlings, is concealer! I never used it when I first started doing my makeup, and I wish I had. Take it from me, invest in concealer. It will be your new best friend. And your school pictures will be thankful for it!


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  1. Thanks for the Hard Candy recommendation! Looks like a good full coverage product.

    Liz xx

    www.theotherdress.co.uk

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    1. You are welcome, hun! It is a fabulous product! It's not available in the UK, but if you can find a way to get your hands on it, I totally recommend it! I have never found a more amazing concealer! xx

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  2. I'd never heard of that Hard Candy concealer before. It sounds like a great tool to have in our arsenal for thos less than perfect skin days! Thanks for sharing! xx

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    1. Hard Candy's Glamoflauge is amazing! It's a definite tool for those days when your skin wants to rebel against you! I can't recommend it enough! xx

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  3. It was great to read about how you apply concealer! It gave me some new ideas on how to improve my application.

    xx Kim
    mainelyfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kim! Concealer can do all sorts of fab things, so I hope you have a fun time playing around with it! Let me know how it goes! xx

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  4. Ooh i love your post! Great advice!

    Anoushka
    Anoushkaloves.com xx

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    1. Thank you, beautiful! I was hoping the advice would be easy to follow! xx

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  5. I never would have thought to put concealer between my eye/eyebrows I don't know why, it seem's like such a clever thing to do! I will be now, I always get the odd red patch there and just hope my foundation will do the trick.

    Thanks for the tip

    Hanna xxx

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    1. You should definitely play around with it and see how it looks on you! I always have a bit of redness there, so concealer helps to brighten that area up and not make me look like an angry lady! Haha! Have fun giving it a try! xx

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  6. I always pop a little concealer under my brows to define the arch if I don't have highlighter on me. Or, to clean up and really make a lip pop by outlining the cupids bow. xo

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

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    1. These are really fab tips, Ren! I definitely do the lip clean up bit, but usually with my lower lip as my natural lip color seems to "bleed" a bit! xx

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  7. Great post! Glamoflauge is great! And we swear by the Maybelline Age rewind! :)

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    1. Thank you, lovelies! I'm so glad to find another Glamoflauge fan! I use it for every heavy duty makeup look I do, and I stand by it time and time again! xx

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  8. Lovely post! I'm always the lightest shade in concealer, so I can't ever find a paler shade (pale girl problems!). I've always wanted to try Glamoflauge but we can't get it here in the UK.

    Nicola:
    CurlandPearls | Bloglovin’
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    1. I totally feel you! I'm really pale and always have issues finding the right colors when it comes to things like concealer! Don't know why they don't make shades that are basically ghost white! Could use that! If you can ever get your hands on Glamoflauge, definitely do! I think you'll love it, and the light shade looks fab! xx

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  9. I swear by my MAC concealer, I am yet to try benefit but I think I might once my others have run out!

    thanks for sending me your blog, new follower!
    A FASHION FIX

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    1. I have always wanted to give MAC's concealer a try, but I'm so stuck on my Hard Candy one! I'm scared to dish out money on a product I'm unsure of! I'm glad you enjoy the blog, lovely! Welcome! xx

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  10. Love the header you have made for this! I really want to try out the age rewind concealer because of the eraser tool but at 19 I don't think it's needed!

    http://ramblingofabeautyblogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, hun! I used PicMonkey to just make a basic graphic! Thought a series could use a fun graphic! Honestly, the Age Rewind concealer is just like most other concealers! I don't have any fine lines yet, and I use it because it gives a decent medium coverage! Plus, I love the applicator! Don't let the name throw you off if you want to try it! xx

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  11. I can't believe it took me so long to start wearing concealer I would be lost without it now lol, I love your hair dryer tip! Xx

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    1. Girl, I didn't start wearing it properly til I was almost 20, so I totally understand! Couldn't go without it now! I think I picked the hair dryer tip up from a magazine or something years ago! It makes the product softer so it glides on better and is easier to blend! Such a life saver! xx

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