Jan 28, 2013

My Concealer Routine and Recommendations

Whether you have subtle dark eye circles, puffy bags under the eyes or severely tired looking eyes, I think every woman can really benefit from a little concealer. 

I like to describe concealer as my magic eraser. It has a way of erasing unattractive shadows underneath the eyes, lifting the eye area and overall, lending a more wide awake look (and who doesn't want to look more wide awake?). I would definitely say it is one of my "go to" products. 

Concealer isn't just for the under eye area either; this little gem can also be used to counteract darkness, shadows, discoloration, redness and other skin imperfections such as pimples and scarring that occur to other areas of the face (you will see where else I like to apply concealer in one of the pictures below). It can also be used to highlight the forehead, bridge of the nose, chin and above cheekbone...but highlighting will be chatter for another post.

When choosing a concealer shade, the rule of thumb is to pick a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. A peachy, salmon shade is also ideal for extreme dark eye circles since it counteracts bluish tones very well.

See for yourselves how I go from discolored, tired looking eyes to "I got a full night's rest" looking eyes (even though that is not the case most of the time). 

In the pictures below I had my foundation already applied. I like to apply my foundation before my concealer, that way nothing I conceal gets rubbed off in the foundation application process. 

This is just my basic concealing process; I may do a post on color correcting in the future.

Concealer, along with some techniques, are how I go from this:





to this:

        



And this is how I do it:
These are all the areas of my face where concealer (Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) is applied. A little on the forehead for highlighting purposes, under my eyes, on my lids, the inner corner of my eyes where it meets the nose, down the center of my nose for highlighting purposes, the sides of my nose where there is redness, along my laugh lines and the corners of my mouth where it's a little dark.

*note: even though I have blemishes and scarring to cover up I always do that with my foundation instead of concealer because I want them to blend with my skin tone. My concealer is always 1-2 shades lighter than my skin tone and it would make the blemishes stand out even more.

I then begin blending under my eye area by dabbing in the product with my beauty blending sponge from Ulta. I always look up so the concealer gets in all the nooks and crannies. I blend in both directions (left & right), eventually reaching the inner corner of the eye, where it meets the nose.

Then I blend the product on my lids by gently dabbing the sponge over it. I carry the concealer all the way to my brow bone. This preps my eye area for primer and eyeshadow.

Here I am blending the concealer down the bridge of my nose to help bring my nose bridge outward (highlighting and contouring will be addressed in a different post)

Now I'm blending the product on my laugh lines to help bring that area out as well since there is a natural shadow there.

And again blending around the corners of my mouth for the same reason


Lastly, with whatever product residue that's left on the sponge, I dab on the cheek area right under my eye area for highlighting purposes.
So there it is, my basic concealing routine! I of course set everything with a little powder (Maybelline Dream Matte) so it stays in place and doesn't crease.

I always change up this routine along with the products and tools. You can use your fingers, concealer brush, foundation brush, some people even use eyeshadow blending brushes! Experiment and see what works for you; it's the only way to find out!

Here are some of my concealer recommendations that I've used and loved (in no particular order):

  • Bare Escentuals Concealer in Bisque
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind 
  • NYX Concealer In a Jar
  • Revlon Age Defying Concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (the one I used for this post)
Are there any product recommendations you could add? Maybe a tip? I would really like to hear about it!

Facts of my Day (Sunday):
  • It is now 10:30 p.m and I've had my makeup on since 7:30 a.m!!! Yeah...my faucet and cleanser are calling me right about now!
  • Sunday's are the days I have my makeup on the longest- I attend both the morning and evening services at my church-fun fun!
  • I wore a burgandy-ish/reddish lipstick today and my daughter asked what happened to my lips...thanks a lot kid!!
  • I also got out of my comfort zone with my eyes! I applied no eyeshadow or eyeliner, only mascara! I've always felt weird without eyeliner but I actually liked the all natural eyes along with the bold lips.



11 comments:

Katie Clarke said...

great post Selene! you do great photo's :) I will try the maybelline one after I use up mu bourjois one. thanks again for the post xo

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Katie! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!

Selene Galindo said...

Oh, and as for the pictures, I always feel awkward taking them, but thank you!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Awesome tips! I can never get my concealer just right! I think this may help me! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! New follower!

Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

Britt Washington said...

This is a good method. I apply my concealer with a brush. Do you think its better with the brush or a sponge? Also, the l'oreal true match and maybelline dream lumi touch are really good concealers :)

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Jenna! Thanks for stopping by and checking my blog out! And I'm glad you found the tips useful. I'm also following your blog! It's awesome!

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Britt! I've used a foundation brush and regular concealer brush, but for me, I find the sponge to apply it better. Not only is it quicker to apply but easier to blend as well. Hope this helps! And thank you for your product recommendations! I will be on the lookout for them to try out!

Loni Carter said...

Great post! Are you using the Beauty Blender sponge? Do you recommend it?? I've been on the fence about buying one.

Selene Galindo said...

Thanks Loni! The sponge I'm using is the Super blender sponge by Ulta (they're version of the beauty blender). I've never tried the original beauty blender but I really like this one for applying concealer. However, I did not like it for applying foundation, not sure if I just haven't gotten the hang of it.

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