Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Conceal it!

Hello Beauties!

These days, buying concealer has gotten complicated. I find that a lot of brands, even the least expensive drugstore brands, have started retailing concealer palettes. It's a great concept, but a lot of people just don't know what to use all of the different colours in the palette for. Would one person really need all of the shades in the palette? Often times, the answer is yes, though you might not necessarily know it.

Don't worry, that's what I'm here for.

Today we're looking at the general concealer palette you might buy at the drugstore and we're talking about what the different shades in it actually conceal. The example I have for you today is Catrice's Allround Concealer Palette, which is cruelty free and (so far) pretty impressive. Here's how it looks.


For the most people, these two colours are where the problem starts. Is the green what Elphaba uses to cover her under eye bags? Can you use the coral colour as blush (you probably could, if you wanted)?

The irony is that these two concealer colours are the ones MOST PEOPLE REALLY WANT.

But I prefer them in my Kryolan shades as pictured below.


You see, no. 1, aka green, is to cover any redness. And by redness I mean pimples. It's also great for any broken capillaries around the nose! I'm not going to get into the details of it, but just know that red and green are opposite one another on the colour wheel, making them complementary colours.

When green is used to cover red, it covers far more effectively than flesh toned concealers. Which means that any breakouts can be concealed to the point of invisibility by simply putting a DAB of green over them. A little goes a long way, as is always the golden rule!! Don't be slathering this stuff all over your face, or you'll look seasick.

No. 2, the orange (which is more coral / salmon in the Catrice palette) does the same thing for anything blue toned. So under eye circles will vanish when just a little orange is applied to the affected area. But, as with the green, rather build the product slowly. You'll look older and very tired if you apply too much.

The last three colours are more obvious. This particular palette is awesome for people who fall in the darker beige reaches of the colour scale. :)

No. 3 is my normal concealer tone and is very close to my foundation colour. I still apply some of it OVER the green / orange, to cover even further, and I use it on any other imperfections (like scarring, for example) I have.

No. 4 and 5 are perfect for highlighting and contouring respectively. (Read more about that here)

Obviously, if your skin is lighter / darker than mine, there will probably be a shade or two that you won't use. But many of these palettes come in a darker variation or two for my darker skinned friends.

So there's still something for everyone! If you've bought one of these palettes, I really hope you know what to do with all of the shades now. :)

Come on over for my review on the Divergent trilogy tomorrow.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

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