Trust Nicola Chapman Haste (or Pixiwoo) when it comes to revealing the most ‘innocent’ beauty blunders around! The best thing about that is of course, the tips that come after them.
I chuckled when she said she hasn’t found the sole concealer that works for just about everything cos “I honestly don’t think it exists!”. That’s true, but also being a lazybum I like using just one concealer for all the spots that need concealing. Oh well, that’s about to change now.
When do you conceal? Is it before or after your foundation? Nicola says either is fine really, but her personal preference would be the latter.
“If I put on my concealer first and then my foundation, it kinds of blend away a little bit and I’d have to apply it again anyway. Put foundation on first and then only can you see the parts of your face that will need more help (read: coverage),” she claims.
Start by having a nifty tool in hand:
For best results, you would need a brush that’s quite large but dense at the same time. Nicola uses the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush in her video.
For dark spots or pigmentation:
You’d need a concealer that will stay put. It should feel matte on the skin to whoosh attention away from the said area. Opt for a flat-looking one that won’t look patched when applied for that breezy, no-cakey look. “Makeup should look like skin,” she says. Use as minimal product as you can for this.
For the redness on cheeks, around your nose or chin:
Choose a more moisturising concealer for this. Note that it doesn’t necessarily need to be of maximum coverage for this step. Lightly buff your concealer on the skin for an airbrushed feel. Skin types vary, so the layers of airbrushing depends on that; oilier skin might need more buffs of concealing that others.
For fresh pimples or blemishes:
You’d probably need to layer two concealers for this. Start with buffing around the pimple with the large brush so that it won’t stand out. Lightly dot the tip of your blemish with a fine tip concealer pen or brush. After that, push the large brush over to ‘secure’ the blemish in place, before lightly brushing both areas up with a sealing powder.
And finally, for the undereyes:
She said it’s best to use a colour wheel for this! Two opposing colours will have a muting effect on each other, so that will help you find the best colour correcting shade for your undereyes. For example, she uses a yellow colour corrector for her purplish undereyes. If it comes out too lifted, add a neutral concealer on top of it after.
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know! Yay for Nicola’s top tips!