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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Con-ceal (kuh n- seel) To hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight.

A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, confessed today that she uses tattoo cover-up for her blemishes (forgive me for making this public xoxox). This blog is dedicated to her ( And all you other ladies out there who believe your skin is so atrocious that you need to use stage makeup, to conceal it).

Let me start off by saying YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You do not need to "hide" your face under an inch of product. I promise you. I know we all have our insecurities, things we wish we could change, or that we question our parents for not having surgically removed at a young age. Believe me, I know. I have those same insecurities. And to be honest, I'm a bit of a hypocrite, I've had numerous moles removed solely because i hated how they looked. I guarantee you, I am the only one who knew they were there. I had 4 moles removed from my face within the past few years.... and 5 additional moles removed elsewhere. Of those 9, I have only had 1 person notice that the facial moles where missing. This person has known me since i was 4 . She knows every square inch of my face... she was the ONLY person to notice they were gone.

I know I'm rambling, but I have a point. Our problems are all in our own head. You are beautiful! One of the best pieces of advice i was ever given went like this..." Even if your looking your absolute worst, No makeup, hair up and sweatpants on. If you walk into a room of 25 people, 24 of them may think you look like shit. But guaranteed 1 person will think your beautiful." Its true. We are all so consumed by how others perceive us, that we forget that there are always people out there that find us amazing just the way we are.

Ok, that was my pep-talk. Now onto concealer. Some of you might want to know the old chicken or the egg question... what comes first, foundation or concealer? As a makeup artist I'm going against the grain by saying this... but do whatever works for you. In school they taught us torconceal first. That way the foundation goes overtop and blends in the edges. Also, if you put concealed on 2nd it seems to slide around a bit more. Now, with that being said, i rarely put a lot of concealer on... and there have been countless times when i have applied it after foundation. No biggy. Set it with some powder, and it should stay put. Bottom line, like i said, do what works best for you... but try to switch it up just to compare.

Similar to foundation, finding the best concealer depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Concealers generally come in two forms, liquid or cream. Which one you use depends on what your trying to conceal. For minimum coverage i would go with a liquid foundation. It blends well, and evens out those red, blotchy areas. For under your eyes, personally I use a cream concealer. I just don't feel like a lot of the liquid ones don't do the trick (that's not to say some don't, i just haven't found one). Cream concealers are also ideal for covering blemishes and scars. Finally there are concealer sticks out there that give a full coverage, but be careful. They go on extremely thick and can look awful under your eyes if you use too much. To make it easier on yourself, and your product, purchase a concealed brush and apply until you get your desired effect. If you use a sponge it will just move the product around and look cakey, whereas a brush can help "build" the product on your face.

Generally, yellow-toned products are your best bet for covering up under eye circles. Orange-based tones blend best into dark or black skin. You want your concealer to be a shade lighter than your foundation. Keep in mind that your foundation should be as close a match to your skin tone as possible. ( I know, common sense, but we've all seen young girls that resemble oompa loompas walking around the mall. ) Ya ya, kind of mean... but Girls your face should not be ORANGE. If it is, STOP TANNING :)

I just lost half my followers. lol.

Anyways, There are a ton of good concealers out there... and to be honest, you can find some really good, cheap ones at your local drugstore. But if you are looking for something that is a little better quality, here are a few to keep in mind. Cream concealer: Laura Mercier Under Cover Pot (1,2,3...according to shade). It is a box with a cream and gooey concealer (secret camouflage and concealer) on the top, and a setting powder underneath. $28 CND at Sephora Stores or online at www.lauramercier.com. Liquid concealer: MAC Select cover-up. 10ml $20 CND. At MAC stores and online. Cream pot concealer: MAC studio finish.7g $20 CND at MAC stores and online. concealer stick: (its actually a foundation stick that I'm recommending) MAC studio stick 9g $35.50 ( It is full coverage, just apply where needed ).

I hope some of this helps, and not hesitate to message me if you have any questions.

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