What a way to start off the month of September! Today is the first Starting Off (SO) Project post I’ll be posting up and if you don’t know what the SO project is, check out my intro post for it! There you can find details about the project and the schedule for each weekly post.
There are liquid, sick, and cream concealers housed in pens, tubes and tubs – as it is the combinations are mind boggling and I know its easy to get lost in the myriad of options available. In this post I’ll be introducing my trusty dual ended Radiance Concealer Dual Veil stick I purchased from The Face Shop, and let you know why I think its one of my favourite concealers!
Basically… This is a liquid and cream concealer in one tube – liquid on one end and cream on the other end. This makes this dual concealer very handy and versatile for a variety of reasons. First, different blemishes require different kinds of concealer and second, its so easy to use and it covers all my bases. I use the cream concealer for flat blemishes (freckles, hyperpigmentation, etc) and the liquid concealer for raised blemishes (pimples, scars, etc). If I used the cream concealer for raised blemishes, the texture of the blemish becomes obvious and if I used the liquid concealer on flat blemishes, there is not enough coverage.
Swatches: Click for larger
As you can see from the swatches, the liquid concealer sinks into bumps and cracks, giving the appearance of smoother skin while the stick concealer enhances the appearance of bumps.
Blending? For liquid I dab a little bit on and pat it into my skin to give it a more natural (and non-streaky) finish. For cream I apply it directly to my skin and using a clean finger, I roll my finger over the harsh edge of the concealed area to evenly distribute the concealer and blend out the edges.
Concealer over or under foundation? This is up to personal preference and how closely your concealer matches your natural skin tone. The rule of thumb I use for this is, if the concealer matches or is close to your skin tone and colour use the concealer over the foundation. If the concealer is different in tone and colour to your natural skin, use it under the foundation.
Green concealer?! Green concealer is to counter any redness that you might have. Use it like a normal concealer but make sure you blend it well! Poorly blended green concealer will simply look green.
So should I buy a liquid or a cream concealer? This depends on the kinds of blemishes you have – like I said, I use liquid for raised blemishes and cream for flat blemishes. Even so, there is no hard and fast rule for this – I know some of my friends prefer cream concealer over pimples and scars because it gives them better coverage and I know some friends have very slight pigmentation so liquid is the way to go for them.
This wraps up my first Starting Off Project post! I hope you found this informative and helpful, as always send me any questions in the comments section! I’m always happy to answer any
Product details: Face it Radiance Concealer Dual Veil NB21 – The Face Shop