Hello my lovelies 😉
I hope you all are having a fantastic week. 🙂 Today I will be continuing with the Back To Basics series. So far we have covered prepping the skin, priming, colour correcting and foundation. I will leave the links below for these previous steps, so you can catch up if you haven’t read them yet as it will be needed for this step….
Today we will be focusing on concealing, and setting all of the products we applied. Concealer is one of the most effective and amazing products in the makeup world. A little concealer applied correctly can transform the appearance of the skin. We use concealer to cover up blemishes, dark circles etc. At this point your skin should be pretty even.
Heres a few tips to follow when applying concealer:
Formula: I personally love liquid concealers for under the eyes. Creams have a heavier texture which can cause creasing and create an uneven, patchy base.
Shade for under the eyes: when concealing under the eyes use a concealer 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin tone and no more than that. If you do use a concealer lighter than that, your skin could end up with a greyish hue..
Blemishes: when concealing blemishes use a concealer the same shade as your foundation or about half a shade darker. Use a small brush to apply directly onto the blemish. Then take a little foundation and go over the blemish to make sure everything is the same shade and is seamless.
Technique: when applying concealer under the eyes, we use the technique called the “triangle of light” . So basically you take your concealer and draw an inverted triangle under the eyes. Then taking a brush, blend in different directions, but keep the same triangular shape. I love this technique, however I don’t see the need for drawing a triangle under the eyes. I randomly dot on some concealer under my eyes, then taking a damp sponge, I start to blend out the product in the form of a triangle. I take it into my inner corners of my eyes, down the sides of my nose and going up under the eye towards my temples . By doing this you will give your eyes an instant lift. When you blend out product, it moves so you can control where the product goes. It really isn’t necessary to pile on excessive amounts of product.
I use the same concealer to highlight areas on my face. Doing this adds brightness to the centre of my face and provides dimension. Remember: whatever you highlight, you bring forward and whatever you bronze, recedes. So I take a little of concealer that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than my skin tone and apply it on the centre of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, around my mouth and tip of my chin. Doing these extra steps takes my skin from being flat and adds so much brightness and dimension
Once we are done applying and blending out our concealer, it’s time to set all of the products you used in place. This will ensure that everything lasts for a long time. For this we use a powder. You could use a translucent powder, however, I prefer a foundation powder just because it will set my makeup in place as well as add a bit more coverage.
So, first off, give your skin a few minutes to settle so that your foundation and concealer isn’t wet. Going in with powder immediately can cause the powder to cling to certain areas. Make sure there are no creases (product settling into fine lines under the eyes, around the nose and mouth etc). Use your beauty sponge or finger and tap over any creases. Then taking a powder brush pick up some powder and set your entire face of makeup. That’s steps 5 and 6 completed.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s lesson. As always I love getting feedback from you so leave a comment or drop me a message on Instagram or Twitter. Have a great week and I’ll be back soon with more exciting posts 🙂