I am often asked how to cover up spots. Now there has to be hundreds of tutorials out there about concealing the pesky eruptions but here’s my ten penneth into the mix. If you are wearing foundation/BB Cream/CC Cream or whatever as well as concealer, always apply them first and the concealer second. You will need concealer, a brush and powder to cover up any type of blemish – be it spot, thread vein, scar, red area…whatever.
Buy a decent concealer
By a decent concealer I mean one that has some depth to it and a thick consistency. For covering up spots I prefer a cream concealer or highly pigmented ones in tubes. I don’t like the thinner ones that come in tubes with a sponge applicator. So for tight budgets you can’t go wrong with the classic Rimmel Cover Stick and all high street brands have a similar stick or cream style concealer in their range.
If you need serious high pigmented coverage for example if you have acne, I would recommend the Younique’s Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting concealer. It is ridiculously highly pigmented, you need the tiniest amount so the tube goes a long way for a long time so the £23 price tag really is great value. I’ve used mine every day for 5 months and it’s not a third of the way down the tube yet! I have some old cystic acne scars around my jawline and some red patches on my cheeks it is brilliant at covering up. It’s amazing at thread vein covering too – I have a few of those around my nose. Wow…this blog is really making me feel a bit rubbish about my skin! *grumpy face* Make sure the colour you choose matches your skintone and foundation.
Use a brush
I like to use a big flat foundation brush for concealing, I tend to use a flat foundation type brush (I don’t like flat brushes for foundation though) If it’s a cover up stick you are using, pop it on direct from the tube onto the red patch or thread vein and blend the edges gently with a brush. If you are covering up a spot then dab the spot with plenty of concealer from the stick and use the brush to gently blend the concealer around the spot so it fades into your base. If it’s in a palette use the brush to take it from the palette to the face. Don’t try and blend over the actual spot – the reddest part of a spot is the middle, raised bit. That’s the place you need to pack on the concealer to cover it up. The biggest mistakes I’ve seen where concealer hasn’t been used correctly is where the person uses their finger to blend the concealer in…that knocks the concentration of colour from the very area that needs the most coverage!
Powder the area
Use a pressed powder on a big soft brush to gently set the concealer. Using powder after foundation and concealer makes the two different consistencies blend together seamlessly and last for yours. I love Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. Just a light dusting is enough to set everything and bring it all to a lovely velvet finish.
So there you have it! If you want to see me putting foundation and concealer on then please watch my video tutorial here.