Friday, February 28, 2014

HowTo Hide Blemishes

Stress, junkfood, forgetting to wash our face... It happens to all of us. Blemishes will pop up out of nowhere, and usually in the most inconvenient places. See how I use this incredible concealer below to cover up the angriest of spots in just a few short steps.
Apply concealer with a stiff dome synthetic brush and buff out around the edges. Set the concealer with translucent powder and a powder puff, then finish with a matte blush. Bam! Spot: gone.
Turn that frown upside down! With a bit of tea tree oil, those nasty spots are sure to disappear within a few days. I use the Glamoflauge concealer from Hard Candy, a brand that is readily available at Walmart stores. I mix a bit of the light shade with a bit of the medium shade for my perfect colour. The key is finding a concealer that matches your skin colour (or foundation) perfectly, to avoid making problem areas stand out more. At about $5 a tube, getting two shades isn't a bad idea, since you can then customize your product to match your skin both in the summer and winter months. Using a stiff synthetic brush works the best since it can provide really precise application and blend out easily. Make sure to set your concealer with a light layer of translucent powder (I love Rimmel Stay Matte) to lock it in for the entire day. Using a powder puff works much better than a brush, since it will really press the product in. Just sweep the puff over your powder, tap off the excess and press it over your makeup. Make sure to apply any other products, such as blush and bronzer, with a light hand to avoid disrupting the concealer underneath.

The downside to this product is the fact that it can be quite drying since it is sooo pigmented. Make sure to apply a very tiny amount with a stiff brush to really buff out the colour around the spot. If you have dry skin, you can mix in a tiny bit of moisturizer to the concealer (on your hand) to avoid the flaky skin look. The shade range also sucks since the darkest option is an olive-tan colour. On the site they show 5 shades, but I've only seen 3 in-store: light, medium, tan. On the flip side, each package comes with an added touch-up concealer pencil. I keep mine in my purse at all times since it's the perfect problem solver on the go. For a more high-end alternative with a wider shade range, I would highly recommend MAC's studio finish concealer. I have the studio palette in light, which is amazing at concealing both under the eyes and blemishes. For expert advice on formulas and shade matching, spend the extra few dollars and head over to a MAC store to get matched.

Keep smiling, beauties.

Madeline
xx
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