Lots of friends have been asking for a 'guide to concealers' or 'foundation routine' post. When applying my base I feel that the key to having a flawless base is using a combination of products and then using more or less for different problem areas i.e dark circles, scaring or pigmentation. Explaining my application technique might also help you out if you have a product which you like but don't know how to apply it to achieve the look you are after. This is my daytime evening-out skin tone for a dewy finish with a high SPF, for night time it is totally different in application and the products I use - of course it is I am a makeup obsessed freak!
Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 14 shade 2 $52.00 - Stila Correcting Concealer Shade B $37.00 - Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush $39.99 (as part of the eye starter kit) - Clinique Air Brush Concealer Shade 2 fair $40.00 - Real Techniques Buffing Brush $44.99 (as part of the core collection)
Stila available from Mecca Cosmetica www.meccacostmetica.com.au
Real Techniques Brushes available from Priceline www.priceline.com.au
Dr Jart+ available from www.drjartstore.com
Clinique available from www.clinique.com.au
1. I start with Stila's Illuminating tinted moisturizer, this is not tinted at all its makes you slightly glowy and very dewy. Using a pea size amount rub it into your skin focusing on areas which are a little dry, for me that is around my jaw line and near my ears and under my eyes.
2. I use the tiniest amount of Stila's Correcting Concealer and dot small amounts around the inner corner of my eyes for my dark circles and on any blemishes and then blend it in with a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush. This concealer is quite thick so I avoid the outer area of my eyes where there are.....wrinkles and fine lines *GASP*.....Because when I smile which is all the time it will crease and look cakey.
3. Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB cream, a little goes a long way with this stuff so only the tiniest amount will do for your whole face. I like to put a little of the product onto the tips of my index fingers and rub them together to blend the product before applying it to my face, because it is a water based BB cream sometimes it can separate.Then in circular rubbing and patting motions I apply it, blending especially well over any areas I have used concealer.
4. Light reflecting highlighters I am using Clinique's Air Brush Concealer, but I also like YSL's Touche Eclat which is good also. Using this type of highlighter is preferred method of highlighting, shimmering powders look a big old disco ball mess on me. Applying the pen on my cheek bone, brow bone and down the centre of my nose and blending out with my fingers.
5. Finally using dabbing motions I go over my face with the Real Techniques Buffing brush to blend and set all the products. I also like to blend around my hair line particularly well because I am fair product can build up and look really uneven.