I have always been interested in all things make up, skincare and hair care.
Over the years, I have experimented with many different products and styles, with varying degrees of success. (Over plucked eyebrows anyone?!)
I would love to start a new series on here, where I will be talking about different aspects of my beauty routine, covering all topics, from my top concealer products, to how I cleanse my skin, morning and nightly routines, exercise, hair tips and how eating and drinking the right things can help your complexion too.
I would also love to have contributors for this series every now and then. If you are interested in contributing in some way, I would love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you with more details.
Okay, so to start off this series, I thought I would talk about my absolute MUST HAVE product - concealer!
It's a genetic thing, I have always had bad black rings under my eyes. When I have even one hour too little sleep, they appear with a vengeance. So you can imagine, that with having a baby, I go to this product more than ever.
Over the years, I have tried so many different kinds and brands. I have found that for the coverage I need, most of them end up looking cakey and flakey on my skin. Plus the tones were either too orange or too white for my natural skin colour.
In a concealer, I tend to look for ones that are a little sticky, as I find they smooth out well, without thinning out to much as you blend. I have found that I prefer ones that come in a pot, compared to ones that are in tubes or sticks. Their consistency seems to be different.
About five years ago, I found my ultimate concealer - Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer. It is absolutely amazing, you get so much coverage with only a little bit from the pot. It has been my go to one ever since.
Recently, I started trying out Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer. I have wanted to make the switch to mineral make up for a while now, especially for the make up that goes on most of your face, such as concealer and foundation, as I wear it most days.
The coverage is decent, but maybe a little thinner than the Bobbi Brown one. I love it a lot though and it feels better knowing that it is mineral make up and a bit better for your skin.
This is how I tend to apply my concealer;
Before photo: as you can see, I have dark circles from no sleep (thanks Alfred!) and some prominent veins under my eyes. (I also haven't brushed my hair yet, but we'll ignore that).
Once I have washed, moisturized and prepped my face (I have already applied a tiny bit of foundation), I get a concealer brush (you can use your finger if you prefer, just don't rub too hard on your delicate under eye skin) and put a stroke of concealer from the inner corner of my eyes and downwards, following the line of my dark circles.
I then put a dab on my eyelids, as this will help brighten the whole eye area.
If your eyes are really dark, then you can also apply some correcter at this stage. The pink helps eliminate some of the blue tones under my eyes. I put a stroke of it from around the outer corners of my eyes and downwards at an angle, following the dark circles.
I then blend with the brush.
Once everything in place, I lightly dab over the concealed areas with my little fingers. This helps makes sure that there are no streaks. Don't rub at this stage, just a light dab will do, otherwise you will rub off your concealer.
To hold everything in place all day, I then get some loose power and with a brush, I tap of my face and eye area. This will stop the concealer gathering in your eye creases, when you sweat throughout the day.
I then brush lightly in my eye creases with a smaller soft brush, to make sure everything is completely set and ta-dah! Perfectly concealed tired eyes!
To completely finish everything off, you will definitely want to put on some blusher and/or bronzer, to help shape your face. Concealing blemishes can give your face a washed out and featureless effect, which isn't the best look!
The products that I used for this post are; Diane Von Furstenburg All Over Eyeshadow Brush, Bare Escentuals Max Coverage Concealer Brush, Bare Escentuals Kabuki Brush, Bobbi Brown Correcter, Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder.