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Foundation, Concealer Or Both?

March 24, 2019 in Beauty, Makeup - 3 min read
We’re in the highlight and contour phase of makeup right now. Actually, it’s been a while. Whether you’re a makeup og and been into makeup since the Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic Ben Nye banana powder highlighting and contour days or a recent lover, you know what highlighting and contouring is by now. On top of it being a step in every beauty guru and makeup artist routine on Instagram, it’s hard to do your own makeup without thinking that you can’t miss this step either. Layers upon layers. It’s addictive once you master it for yourself. However, there’s only so much cake your skin can take regardless of your skin type and you probably don’t even need to be excessive like them either.
Or maybe you know you don’t need full glam everyday and want the no makeup look. You know the look- minimal makeup where your undereyes circle are still covered and brightened, you have an even base and overall look like you put some effort in but not really but still look put together. I know. That’s a mouthful but if you’re a makeup lover like we established earlier, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Guys don’t even know the difference between a full glam look and a no makeup look but us girls do.
Here are a few easy signs to look for when deciding if you should just use concealer or go full glam and how to use each to still look put together with a flawless base:
When To Go The Just Concealer Way:
  1. You’re short on time.
  2. You just don’t feel like doing the whole routine.
  3. To go somewhere quick.
When To Go All The Way And Commit The Full Glam Way:
  1. A real reason where you’ll be out for a long period of time like school or work.
  2. An occasion: a birthday, night out, pick me up.
  3. It’s been a while.
How To Use Only Concealer For The No Makeup Look
What You Will Need:
  1. A medium to full coverage concealer your skin tone
  2. The same concealer but two shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting
  3. A beauty tool (sponge or brush) to blend your concealer
  4. Setting powder
How To:
Step 1: Prime your face (Click here to find out why primer is important)
Step 2: Use the concealer that is your skin tone to cover concern areas- dark circles under your eyes, hyperpigmentation like dark spots, pimples, the area around your mouth where most women of color have some natural darkness and blend it out
Step 3: Use your highlighting concealer under your eyes, the middle of your forehead, the center of your nose, your chin and cupid’s bow to add brightness and make you look awake and blend it out
Step 4: Set everywhere you put either concealer with a setting powder (your preference if you want to go loose or compact)
Step 5: Add some mascara to your eyelashes to make your eyes pop and some lipgloss and you’re set !
  1. Step 6 (optional): To add some warmth back to your face and prevent it from looking too flat, use some bronzing powder around the perimeter of your face in a “3” motion
  2. Step 7 (optional): Add blush on your cheeks to add color
  3. Step 8 (optional): Add some powder highlight to get a “glow from within” effect to your face
If your skin is going through a rough patch (big breakout, redness or one real stubborn pimple) and you need a bit more coverage than your foundation can give you, you can use concealer to spot conceal those areas AFTER you apply your foundation. This way you can avoid looking and feeling cakey.
If you’re a visual person, check out these videos on how to master the no makeup look.

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