Fast Flaw Fixes
right use of concealers can erase the telltale signs
of a great night out or help cover the stress break
outs that accompany all that overtime at the office.
It's also great for hiding those tiny broken capillaries
that can pop up on the nose and cheeks - just rub
a little concealer onto your finger and dab it on
the reddened area and watch it magically disappear!
But if there are more serious issues you wish cover,
then a little skill and guidance are key to keeping
your little secret to yourself.
Types and Coverage Guides
the art of "Fast Flaw Fixes" - A short guide
to properly hide those dark circles, embarrassing blemishes and
bumps without drawing attention to the very thing you wanted to
Whether used with foundation or alone, concealer is applied
only to area with uneven color. For many women, the inner
corner of eye, next to the bridge of the nose and directly
under the eyes. The eye lids can benefit from a bit of brightening
as well. Keep in mind though only apply in very soft handed
strokes and taps around the eye, as the less tugging on the
delicate eye area the better.
Minimizing - For light to medium shadows found around
the eye area, using a foundation shade one or two shades
lighter than normal foundation shade, gently pat a thin
layer of concealer around your eyes as needed. Then, using
short strokes, blend in the color and buff out edges.
Follow with normal foundation application. Loose powder
tip: if you find that the loose powder concealer color
is settling into creases or feels too dry, just simply
spritz or tap on a thin layer of toner or water and gently
Under Eye Circles - Apply a thin layer of white concealer
or using a foundation shade one or two shades lighter
than normal foundation shade, to the dark under eye circles
under the eye making sure the coverage is even. Follow
with normal foundation application being sure to cover
the lightened areas completely for a smooth even finish.
Opening Trick - Applying a light concealer shade just
below the brow line, gently opens the eye area without
bringing too much attention to the area. Also, applying
a concealer in peach or mauve very close to the lash line,
top and bottom also gives the appearance of 'bright eyes'
and is great for emphasizing the eye color.
Face - When covering a blemish, broken capillaries or
covering a brown spot, a small amount of concealer delivers
exactly the amount of coverage you need, precisely where you
need it. We highly recommend using a small brush for detailed
spot treatment applications and blending help as finger tip
application can cover too large of a spot and compromise the
effect you are looking for. For larger area concealing concerns,
a cosmetic wedge or flocked sponge will perform perfectly.
Treating - When it comes to covering acne and or red
spots, use a powder concealer for better adhesion and
always apply spot concealer with a fine tipped brush and
place it directly on top of the blemish you wish to erase.
Spot concealing is fairly easy to do depending on your
choice of application.
Color Applications - Always conceal this way after
your foundation is applied. Using a fine tipped brush
and a foundation or concealer shade one or two shades
lighter than your normal foundation shade, load brush
with product and place directly on top of blemish.
Tap lightly with finger to blend and erase spot. If
the spot is too light after tapping, just simply dab
a small amount of your normal foundation shade on
top of that.
Correcting - This concealing technique is a little
more complicated and takes some practice to apply
perfectly. This technique can be done BEFORE you apply
your foundation and should be applied in the same
fashion as the flesh color application. For instance,
using a green shade will effectively neutralize the
redness in a blemish. Yellow is also a great neutralizer
for red if the red is light or orangeish in color.
To spot conceal using a green color corrector just
simply use a fine tipped brush loaded with green and
place directly on top of blemish. Then apply a small
amount of your foundation shade on top of that and
tap lightly to set. You now can continue with foundation
application, but be care not to wipe off what you
just concealed. If you accidentally wipe the green
off, just apply a bit more to the blemish (lighter
this time) and cover again with your foundation shade.
Area Color Correcting - Greens, yellow, blues and lavender concealer shades
may look like the last thing that you would want to put
on your face, but color correcting concealers can hide
a multitude of skin problems. They work by using opposing
colors to counteract specific flaws in your complexion.
For example, greens and yellow tone down redness, blue
will make a flushed complexion look paler, white and peach
will help cover up dark under eye circles and improve
dullness, and lavenders and mauves will give a over yellowish
complexion a healthier glow. For larger area color correcting,
the BEFORE application of the foundation technique should
be followed. Both powder and creamy concealers work with
this technique. However, cream concealers are easiest
to work with in a larger area and are way easier to blend.
color correct a large area, you will need the appropriate
colored concealer shade, a cosmetic wedge or sponge
and your foundation handy. Start by loading the sponge
or wedge with a very small amount of concealer and
spread a light 'film' of it either all over your face,
or just onto the specific problem areas such as cheeks
or nose. Check that the coverage is even and reapply
the corrector where necessary. Once satisfied with
coverage, just apply your foundation as usual making
sure that the corrector color does not show through.
The finish effect should be a properly balanced seamless
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