How To Conceal Skin Imperfections
Acne is something that most of us still have to deal with from time to time, even after high school and our teenage years. Now that I'm a little older, my skin has calmed down a little bit but I still get the odd breakout or two every month. On top of that, I also have dark circles under my eyes that I can't seem to ever get rid of. So, as you can imagine, I've become quite skilled at concealing skin imperfections and thought I'd share my tips and which products I use.
First, you want to start off with a clean base. Make sure your face is washed, toned, moisturized, etc. Next, you'll want to prime your face. This step is really important because the primer will help keep your makeup on all day and keep everything concealed and hidden. Right now I'm loving the Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion - it helps your makeup last longer, blurs out your pores, and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Once your face is primed, apply your foundation of choice. Now it's time to cover up those spots! Using a small concealer brush (or the wand if your concealer comes with one), make little "x" marks over any blemishes on your face with the concealer. I've been head over heels for the NARS Creamy Concealer, it's truly the best I've ever used for really covering up those imperfections. Next, take your ring finger or a slightly damp beauty blender and gently tap over each spot you marked - this will blur out the concealer without wiping it off the blemishes and spots you are trying to conceal. Remember: tap, don't rub.
Now on to covering up those dark circles. I like to swipe on a bit of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer under both eyes in the shape of an upside down triangle, and then use that same tapping motion with my ring finger or beauty blender to help blend the concealer into my skin. You can use your regular concealer for this step, I just like to use the dark circle concealer because the little sponge tip fits perfectly in my under eye area and it offers a great amount of coverage. The last thing I like to do is to take a little bit of powder, like the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder or MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and set any areas where I applied concealer. I love using the Real Techniques Setting Brush to do this because it's the perfect shape and size. And that's it! This is what I do every time I apply my makeup and need to cover up any imperfections. It's a tried-and-true routine that makes my skin look flawless every time.
Do you deal with blemishes and dark circles? What products do you use to help cover them up?