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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Using Concealer Unconventionally

Using Concealer Unconventionally

Concealer - you know the drill, or do you?

When you've suffered a restless night, or perhaps partied a little too hard (no such thing, is there?) and need to diffuse the purple rings that have settled under your eyes, the first product you will undoubtedly reach for is a concealer; ditto blemishes. Yes the texture and shade selections may vary dependant on the use: light and brightening for the eye area and a thicker cover-all option for breakouts (some of the best suggestions here) but your trusty flesh-toned tube can be far more useful than you may have imagined. 

Unlike mascara or liquid lipstick, concealer has been formulated to be "face friendly" and as such can be used where and how you see fit - this means you can safely apply it to the eye area and lips should you wish free from worry or irritation, and that's exactly what I urge you to do...just not as a stand alone product. Concealer as lipstick is the one beauty trend no-one wants to see resurrected. 

Using Concealer Unconventionally

Have you ever wished that a lipstick would apply true to colour only for it to sheer out, or deepen due to the natural hue of your lips? To prevent this from happening, or simply to increase the colour pay off of any non-glossy lipstick (especially effective when teamed with matte lipstick), apply a little flesh-toned concealer to your lips, blot and then follow up with a slick of lipstick. Not only will you achieve a brighter and truer pop of colour, but you will find that your choosen lip colour wears a little longer too.

Forget purchasing multiple matte liquid lipsticks, concealer can also be used to par down nude and pink shades of such formulation - using a make-up mixing tray or a hygienic flat surface, combine a little liquid lipstick and liquid concealer until you create your desired shade. Yes it is a little messy but it is a cost effective method of creating custom lip shades, all without compromising the finish of said lipstick.

Concealer covers and perfects right? So why are you not using it on your eye lids to gently disguise any veins or general discolouration - a quick pat of concealer with a beauty blender or sponge and you will be converted, I promise. I have also found that liquid concealer works as well as most eyeshadow primers at increasing eyeshadow colour intensity, and as a preventative step against creasing and smudging to boot.

One of the best high coverage face bases has been lingering at the bottom of your make-up bag this entire time. The next time you suffer the mother of all breakouts and find yourself grabbing your car keys and a hat in the quest of the most heavy duty foundation money can buy, try this: as you would any liquid foundation, swipe concealer all over your face and then using a damp beauty blender, gently blend and buff the concealer into the skin; follow up with a little additional concealer over blemishes and set with powder. Will it be the most comfortable base product you'll ever wear? In a word no but it will save you money and as concealer is so concentrated, it will perfect the skin far better than any run-of-the-mill foundation can. 

I bet you'll forever look at your concealer in a different light now - one tube, so many secret uses.



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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting me on I will be using the tip to mute down bright lipstick shades. Personally I love to use my concealer as an eyeshadow primer/base I find it makes the colours appear more vibrant and the shadows stick to my eyelids and last all day without creasing.

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  2. I totally agree, let's not bring back the whole "concealer as a lipstick" thing! Lovely post, I really enjoyed reading.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  3. Fortunately I don't need concealer on my eyelids at this point, but I'm sure as I get older it will happen!

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  4. Wow! Very interesting!

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  5. Love this! I've been known to use concealer for all kinds of things haha. I also find that certain eyelid primers work great as concealer for acne or blemishes. Benefit's eye primer is literally my holy grail go to for everything on my face. I use it to prime, to conceal, and even to highlight. It works so well! Definitely going to try a little on my lips now, thank you!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  6. I always use concealer on my eyelids. I also find its the best shadow primer. I remember back in the day i used to put concealer on my lips and a apply a bright baby pink gloss over the top... I must have looked awful. But It was the best way to get the colour pay off! xx

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  7. I always use concealer as a lip base. X

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  8. Amazing post!!! I love the idea behind it

    CharlotteSamantha // www.charlottesamantha.co.uk

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  9. I carry my concealer everywhere!! It's also great for perfecting winged eyeliner,using a lip brush or small detail brush just to flick underneath to get that straight even edge on the wings! X

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  10. Argh so maybe I shouldn't have thrown out all those concealers ''I don't use anyway''...

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  11. Very interesting post! Has truly given me some insight on how to use concealer in multiple ways.
    Sophie | It's Cultured

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  12. When my acne was quite I would literally paint my face with concealer. Not sure whether it's a good thing or not but it did the job. I've also started using a lighter concealer shade to create some highlight/definition in my face which is fun. :)

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  13. you cernaitly have valid points here, i love using concealer as lip "hider".

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  14. I really loved reading this post, I definitely do agree !T
    Thankyou for sharing beautiful x

    Lorraine
    Lorrainewhitney.com

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  15. The Pixi salmon coloured concealer is a life changer for covering blue/green veins and under eye circles!

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  16. But I really want concealer lips.....I kid, burn it. But my NAKED concealer is so high coverage it would be a fab base on it's own!

    Lauren x
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  17. I've not tried using concealer for any of these things, I definitely will though, thanks!
    sirensandbells.co.uk x

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  18. I've never even thought about using concealer on or around my lips, but looking through the comments I'm realising that it's quite popular! I might give it a go! Great post x

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  19. I LOVE your suggestion for using concealer as a shadow primer. It's just what I needed to read seeing I am out of my eye primer and I have tons of concealer. I'll be trying this tomorrow xo

    Nicole
    Thesisterprojectblog.com

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  20. I swear I love concealer so much lol. I must say I use it for pretty much all of the above already, I must say the Maybelline one is fab!

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  21. I use concealer on my eyelids to hide veins and some also work really well as a lid primer too x

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  22. I pretty much rely on my concealer to do all the hard work instead of wearing foundation everyday! Such a handy product :)
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