The Starting Off Project: Concealer

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!

TheFaceShop_Radiance concealer
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.

TheFaceShop_Radiance concealer-liquid
Liquid end – doe foot applicator
TheFaceShop_Radiance concealer-stick
Cream end – stick applicator

Swatches: Click for larger

TheFaceShop_Radiance concealer-swatch
In sunlight: #1 – liquid #2 – cream
TheFaceShop_Radiance concealer-swatch1
In shade: #1 – liquid #2 – cream

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
questions ^_^

Product details: Face it Radiance Concealer Dual Veil NB21 – The Face Shop

What is your favourite concealer?

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  • Shu Ting

    Still loving the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer. On days with serious panda eyes, I’d put the peachy corrector under concealer. Works every time! 😀

    • Sam Bear | A Curiosity

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Bobbi Brown concealer! A friend of mine swears by it too!

      • Shu Ting

        Yes that’s their star product because Bobbi Brown doesn’t do very exciting colour cosmetics, in my humble opinion. I am trying to finish up my 2nd pot of this creamy concealer. Next one is going to be MUFE Secret Camouflage. 🙂 I like the reason that Bobbi Brown’s comes with powder too. Sometimes I forgot to bring setting powder along so I’ll use the powder from concealer set… heeheehee

        One does have to be careful about it setting into lines (like mine… boohoo). Dabbing it and setting with powder using a smaller brush close to eyes usually help. 🙂

  • Bethany

    My favourite is still my Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle concealer or whatever it’s called. I love my Arbonne one too, but it’s a lot more expensive.

    • Sam Bear | A Curiosity

      just for dark circles or other blemishes too?

      • Bethany

        My main issue is my dark circles, but the concealer works fine elsewhere too for redness and minor blemishes.

  • MakeupWithTea

    Oh that’s such a great idea! – putting the different color underneath the closer color! Thanks so much for the tips! 😀

    Lynn| My Post on Concealers | Makeup With Tea

    • Sam Bear | A Curiosity

      No worries! What’s your favourite concealer to use?

      • MakeupWithTea

        My favorite concealer is Smashbox’s liquid concealer in a tube.

  • clare

    This is so helpful I never know what concealer to I do:)