Monday, December 02, 2013

Makeup Monday: Concealer

Hello again! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving Holiday, I know I sure did. I love spending time with friends and family, and this weekend was no different. Today I wanted to talk to you all about a very important makeup product in my eyes...concealer! We all get blemishes, redness, and dark circles from time to time and these products can help mask all these skin issues. I will talk about my favorite ones and what I use them to cover. I hope this helps you disguise these pesky skin concerns and boosts your confidence!

The first product I would like to talk about is my favorite, the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. This lightweight liquid concealer is packed with a ton of pigment for a medium to full coverage, matte finish. It is especially formulated to resist creasing in the under eye area. I actually have two different shades, one that matches my skin tone and has more of a yellow undertone, and one that is two shades lighter with a pink undertone. I use the lighter concealer to brighten my under eye area and cover up my dark circles, while the other is great for masking redness. These babies have AMZING staying power, lasting ALL DAY and NEVER creasing under my eyes or settling into fine lines. I like to apply the product after foundation with a damp beauty blender and then I set it with translucent or flesh toned powder. You always want to set concealer so it does not slide off what you are trying to cover, even if it is just with a touch of powder. I also sometimes mix this concealer with a light weight foundation for more coverage, or with a facial moisturizer to created a tinted moisturizer.

The second concealer is another MAC product, the MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer. I really do think MAC makes amazing concealers that last all day and cover beautifully, and this one is no different. This product is especially great for blemishes. It covers completely with one light application and blends well into the rest of your skin, making a pimple or dark spot undetectable. It is water-resistant, fragrance free, and non-acnegenic. It is also enriched with antioxidants and contains silica to absorb skin oils, and SPF 35 to protect you skin from the sun. I think this is a bit too thick for the under eye area, but if you use a tiny amount it can be great for redness on other areas of the face. Too heavy of an application can look a bit cakey, so start with a light layer and add a second if you need to. Again, I like to apply this after foundation, but before I set with powder. I use my fingers or a small detail brush to precisely place it in the areas I need help.

The third and final concealer is the Physician's Formula Conceal RX. This is a maximum-coverage thick liquid concealer to hide blemishes, redness, dark spots, under eye circles, and hyper pigmentation. I personally do not use this under my eye because I feel it can look a bit too thick, but I love this for a really bad blemish. Unlike most concealers, I feel this has a great stickiness to it that helps foundation adhere to it rather then moving it around, so I actually apply this before my foundation. The color is a bit light for my skin, so this helps blend it in much better and cover my blemishes completely. This also lasts all day, which is perfect when you are trying to hide a pimple.The big negative to this product, however, is that there is a very limited shade range, but two of the four shades are color correcting shades and will work on any skin tone.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: here
MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer: here
Physician's Formula Conceal RX: here



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