Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fix It: Blemishes (concealing)

Today’s “fix it” post has to do with a skin concern that I know a lot of people deal with either occasionally or every day. When I was younger I dealt with blemishes on a pretty regular basis and always had trouble trying to conceal them. As I have aged, and learned how to take care of my skin better, I don’t have as much of a problem with blemishes. However, my skin isn’t perfect so they still pop up every now and then. Therefore, I thought it might be worth-while to share some techniques that I use to conceal my blemishes. I know this information probably isn’t anything new to most people but it may help someone out so I wanted to share.

First and foremost, when it comes to blemishes and your skin, I highly recommend finding good skincare products. I’ve talked about this in previous posts and I’m mentioning it again because using the right products really makes a HUGE difference. I used to use Neutrogena and it just wasn’t giving me the results I wanted so I decided to try Mario Badescu. Switching to ‘higher quality’ products has really changed my skin for the better and I’m much happier now. However, even with better products, blemishes can still appear because of numerous other reasons. Therefore, it can be helpful knowing what to do when that blemish decides to pop up.

*Fix It: Acne* ß click for my tips on preventing acne

The first step I recommend taking is to make sure your skin is well moisturized. I know that a lot of acne fighting products can leave your skin dry which can cause your blemish to become flaky. Applying a moisturizer will help ensure that your makeup won’t cling to the dry patches and enhance that flaky look. Your skin also needs moisture in order to heal right. Therefore, make sure you are using a good moisturizer in combination with your acne fighting products. This way your skin can heal faster and concealing those blemishes, until they’re gone, will be easier. 

After you have moisturized I recommend using a primer before applying your makeup. Choose a primer that will help smooth the texture of your skin. Applying this over your blemishes will help your makeup to glide over the blemishes more easily and create a smoother looking texture to your skin. Just about every primer will smooth out your skin but some do feel silkier than others. You can also try using a green or yellow tinted primer to help counteract the redness of the blemish. However, I’ve tried a few colored primers and quite honestly they didn’t make any difference in counteracting the redness. If you find one that does work for you then you could probably skip the next step and just continue with your makeup application.

This next step involves concealer. I personally like to apply my concealer after my foundation because I feel that if I apply it beforehand, the concealer will move around as I apply my foundation instead of staying in the areas that I want it. Plus, applying foundation first can already help conceal your blemish and sometimes can actually provide enough coverage. If it’s not enough coverage then you will need concealer. Depending on how red your blemish is depends on what concealer you can use. Sometimes just a regular flesh toned concealer can be enough but other times you might need a yellow or green concealer to counteract that redness. I would recommend trying a yellow concealer first and then a green concealer if that doesn’t work. Now, depending on your skin tone and if you use a green concealer, you may need to apply another concealer on top of that color correcting concealer. You obviously don’t want a green dot on your face where your blemish is. Make sure you blend everything out and apply powder so your makeup stays in place and lasts longer.

So to recap:
1.       Moisturize to help heal blemishes and make sure your makeup won’t cling to dry areas.
2.       Apply primer to smooth the texture of your blemish so makeup blends out easier.
3.       Use a yellow or green concealer to counteract redness
4.       If necessary, use flesh tone concealer to correct the green or yellow concealer.

I know this probably sounds like a lot of steps and a lot of layering of products. I’ve found that these steps help to ensure the best coverage possible when it comes to blemishes. Also, as long as you are applying each product in thin layers, you shouldn’t have a real problem with your makeup looking cakey. Once you get in the routine and know what colors and products to use it’s really not as time consuming as you might expect. I know some people may not care to have such “perfect” and “flawless” makeup which is fine. However, I know there are people who do and knowing how to properly conceal helps to achieve that look. Hope some of you found this post helpful. Like I said I know this is nothing really new but since it works for me I figured I would post it in hopes that it might help someone else out as well.

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