I was relatively lucky throughout my teenage years and early twenties because the only area I’ve ever really struggled with (in terms of my complexion) is my chin. Unfortunately, what no one seems to tell you when you’re going through those teenage years, is that spots and problems areas don’t miraculously disappear once you’re an adult.
I do still struggle with my chin area (at 26 years old!), and I’m trying to learn how to use concealer and cover up problem areas properly.
However I will say this – as an adult (when you can’t put it down to puberty) there are usually reasons why your skin is bad. My chin has cleared up a lot in the last 2 months because I’ve been eating better, for example, and I’m seeing constant improvement week on week.
Another thing I notice that flares the spots is stress too, when I’m stressed with work it gets much worse. So, whilst it’s great to learn how to cover them – it’s also worth thinking about why your skin is bad, and trying to stop that from happening too.
When I’m having a bad skin day, this is the formula of products I use to cover it up (before and after photos are at the bottom, so you can see how effective these products are).
The first thing, is to use a primer. These are my three favourite primers
Emma Hardie, Amazing Face Primer (smells like heaven)
Once I’ve put on my primer, I put on my concealer. There are two different ways to put on concealer, before foundation of after foundation. Personally, I find the before method better for my skin – because the foundation I use then seals the coverage on top.
I use Illamasqua concealer, and have two types – a skin one (that almost exactly matches my skin tone) and a white one. Depending on how my skin is, will effect which concealer I opt for. If my skin is really red, and very inflamed, then I go for the white colour – because it balances better.
For less inflamed days, when there are just a few spots and patches to correct, I go for the more natural skin-tone one.
A few things to remember:
- Don’t be too heavy with concealer – otherwise the makeup can look cakey. A good concealer is worth investing in – and you won’t need much to cover uneven skin tone or red areas.
- Be gentle and blend properly – I use a soft (and clean) blending sponge. I try not to use my fingers, because I don’t want to spread oil on problem areas.
Once I’ve blended the concealer, I’ll then blend over some high-coverage foundation. I use the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation, because it’s very thick and offers really good coverage, that lasts for a long time. I use this over my problem area (my chin) and then blend in a lighter foundation over my cheeks and forehead (which don’t need as much coverage).
I will then also brush over a tiny amount of pressed powder over my cheeks, but not over the area with concealer, because I use a different power on this area.
My favourite brands are below.
I never used to use this, but for me, it’s actually one of the reasons my make-up stays in place and the spots stay covered for as long as they do. It also mattes the area, meaning it stays away from any shine or grease.