Conceal, Perfect, Correct – The Concealer Guide
The makeup world can be a minefield, especially when it comes to understanding how to use different types of products, such as concealers.
With a vast range of products available, all of them capable of achieving different looks and finishes, selecting a concealer that is right for you is often harder than you might think. But don’t worry, BASE Pro Artists is here to help!
From concealers that promise to lighten and brighten, to those that provide the ultimate coverage for spots and blemishes, we’ve complied a list of some of the things you should be aware of before choosing a concealer that will complement and enhance your look.
What should I use for tired looking eyes?
Brightening concealers are great for those all too often days when you look and feel tired, or when you are simply looking to brighten this area.
Just make sure that you select a concealer that clearly states that it can be used under the eyes. Concealers designed for this area tend to be slightly more dewy in consistency to ensure that the product will not set into any fine lines, as no one wants their makeup to make them look older.
And, when it comes to picking out the perfect colour, try opting for one shade lighter than your natural skin tone to maximise a glowing finish. Here at BASE Pro we love Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener, just enough coverage without being too heavy.
Oh and when you’re brightening under the eyes, try to avoid stick concealers as these tend to be far too heavy for this delicate area.
What should I use for rosacea or discolouration under the eyes?
Rosacea and areas of discolouration is a common problem faced by people of all ages. It cannot only have an impact on confidence, it can also affect your entire look.
But don’t worry – there is a solution! Colour correcting products have been designed to erase the saturation of the colour by using an opposite tone on the colour wheel.
And there are some general rules to follow when it comes to choosing a colour-correcting product that is able to eliminate dark circles. For example, if you have rosacea, try opting for green coloured concealers in order to tackle redness.
Whereas for dark circles, which are blue in colour, try an orange-based concealer, and for purple tones, yellow-based concealers will be far more effective.
Oh and remember, for optimum results and finish, always use your regular shade of concealer over the top.
What should I use to conceal imperfections, pimples and other unsightlies?
To conceal imperfections head towards creamy, liquid based concealers, stick based concealers are too heavy for this type of job and will often cake.
When it comes to this type of concealer, always opt for a shade that matches your skin tone, this may seem obvious but when buying concealer many people opt for a shade lighter just to give the illusion of brightness, but when it comes to unsightlies the last thing you want is to draw attention to this area.
We swear by concealers that are highly pigmented with a long lasting hold. One of our failsafe favourites is NARs Creamy Concealer – it’s super pigmented and glides across the skin effortlessly. Trust us, you’ll love it as much as we do!
Finally – The Highlighting Pens
Where highlighting pens are concerned, there really is no better product than YSL’s Touché Éclat! It’s amazing. But the important thing to remember is THESE ARE NOT CONCEALERS.
Highlighting pens are just that, highlighters. They are great for bringing attention to key areas of your face including your cheekbones, the cupid’s bow, eyebrow bone and down your nose, which can optimise the overall finish of your makeup. With this in mind, they definitely shouldn’t be an after thought, but just remember that they are highlighters and shouldn’t be uses to conceal spots or blemishes!
And in regards to brushes? Well we would have to recommend the BASE Pro Concealer Brush, designed place product where required and gently blend into the skin like perfection.