I’m a conceal- a – holic. Not in the white-lie telling kind of way. More like the meeting up in a group, standing up and saying: “Hi my name is Anoushé and I am a conceal – a – holic”, kind of way. I believe my addiction started in my first year of high school, where a friend gave me some of her Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Concealer to try (sadly it has since been discontinued 😦 ). It was right around the time when girls start becoming conscious of how they look.. not getting enough sleep every night because of the sudden stress of exams did NOT help this transition either.
I was curious to try the weird moussy texture of the concealer. It was so soft to the touch and easily applicable that I soon became hooked! This became the only product I would use. No foundation, no primer, no nothing! I was much less complicated back then.. I didn’t know squat about skin care! Oh how I wish I could forget all this mumbo jumbo I’ve learned on skin care. It would save hours of prep and shopping time, let alone money 😉 But I can’t. Boo hoo..
I was very sparse when it came to applying the mousse. It was used solely for undereye converage and when I had the unpredictable zit outbreak – I did not want this little glass of conceal perfection to leave me!
Eventually however, I used the last swipe of color…I felt empty inside; incomplete; it was my trusted sidekick always there when I needed a little boost..and it was gone. Knowing I needed to purchase a new pot, I asked my friend where to find it. “America”. Great. Don’t they sell it here? “I dunno…”
That was before my addiction..before I could spend hours on end looking for new products..Before I knew where each product was sold.
I did find the dream matte mousse eventually, but it wasn’t exactly the same..it was more a foundation than a concealer, much darker than I needed. I bought it anyways, because it was a good thing to carry in your purse (I always have one on me, even now, because they are great for emergency touch ups!)
Not having actually found the product I was still very much missing, I took to the department stores in search of something similar. I bought concealers from Essence, Catrice and Cover Girl, later graduating to MAC, Body Shop and even considering Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat (not cheap; click on the body shop link for the knock-off version ;)) as my obsession continued.
On a class trip to Oxford I bought more from Boots and other little make up stores, all to try to fill the void that finishing my first concealer had created. It was then that my friends told me I had a problem. I grabbed any concealer I could find..sometimes without testing them! I became the conceal – a – holic…
For my birthday that year I received this:
The ironic part of this whole story is that I don’t even use that much concealer! Mainly for under my eyes and that’s pretty much it! Arent’ I weird..
So I had a shelf full of concealers, some great, some bad, many untouched, and I still wasn’t happy..I had even found some moussy counterparts, one even by Maybelline, but it just didn’t work. I was officially in a concealer-depression…
until..one day..I tried this (Garnier Concealer).
I had found it on one of my many scavenger hunts/impulse buys in Oxford, but hadn’t gotten round to trying it yet. As soon as I did, I knew it was the one! It was perfect! It blended into my skin and made me look fresh and awake! It was the color I was looking for all these years..I haven’t replaced it since. Until now, 3 years later, when I upgraded to Garnier’s new creation, their BB cream under eye roll on..
So enough about my memoires..let’s get in to the nitty-gritty about the actual product:
What is Concealer?
A concealer is a type of makeup used to mask imperfections. There are three main types of concealers available: solid (looks like a lipstick), powder and liquid.
What does it do?
Concealers do exactly what their name embodies: they conceal! Dark circles, age spots, large pores or any other blemish visible on the skin can all be blended away with some of this skin tone makeup. But wait..if this is what a concealer does, then why am I using foundation?! Well, a foundation’s job is mainly to even the skin tone all over the face. It’s coverage therefore might not be enough to hide dark blemishes. Concealers are also thicker than foundation which is more ideal for spot treatment, and they shouldn’t be applied all over the face. When you team the two together however, it should be the right equation for a flawless, polished look, just remember that the concealer should be one shade lighter than the liquid foundation used.
As mentioned before, there are three types of concealers. Each of them, surprise surprise, have their own use:
The solid, lipstick types are not easily blendable, and are best used for scars and blemishes. It is not recommended to be used on sensitive skin, especially the area around the eyes. They also come in little pots, as seen in the picture above and below.
Liquid cover up is great for large areas of the face. It covers acne, dark circle and blemishes. While it might not be as strongly tinted as a stick, it offers enough for a natural coloring; plus it is very easy to blend.
Powder provides the least amount of coverage. It blends well into the skin with a brush and comes in handy when you need to cover light blemishes.
Concealers come in various colors in order for them to match your skin tone. Sometimes, even a concealer wont be able to cover enough..and that’s when you need a color stick underneath. Depending on what you wish to cover, you might need a different shade:
White: under-eye dark cirlses or a bruise, can brighten dull skin
Green or blue: cover red blemishes. Helos to hide acne or roacea
Purple: helps make the complexion look brighter
Luciana Couto over at My Sweet Diary has a picture describing what is what too. Check it out!
How do I use it?
First apply your foundation, your base. You can either use a makeup brush or your fingers. If you prefer only using powder instead of liquid foundation, than you may use that, but I tend to go for a foundation/powder combo when I need long-lasting coverage. Once the foundation is applied, you may move on to concealers. I use my Garnier under eye concealer and let it sink in before gently patting it in to blend into the skin. If you have more blemishes to cover, use either a stick or liquid concealer with a color underneath if needed (I use my MAC concealer or Dream Matte Mousse if I have any marks needing cover-up). Finish with a dusting of powder to fix it in and your base for make-up prep is done.
Even, blemish free, flawless complexion 🙂
What are you waiting for? Go out there and conceal ( I mean spots, don’t conceal the truth by lying!)
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo