Tuesday, 12 April 2016

TOP 5 FAVOURITES EDIT || PART FOUR : CONCEALERS

All of us suffer from imperfections on our skin from time to time that we would like to hide away from, and achieving flawless looking skin can sometimes seem like an impossible task..However, if you find the right concealer for you, then you are one step closer to having skin that appears youthful, healthy and completely faultless.  
While concealer can be one of the hardest products to find the perfect one of, when you do find it, it has the ability to make the world of difference to the overall appearance of your make-up. If you suffer from blemishes that you want to banish, imperfections that you want to blur, dull skin that needs to be brightened or discolouration that needs to be colour corrected, then a great concealer is your magic answer to fix it! Do not be fooled into thinking that concealers are only useful for covering blemishes or acne, because that couldn't be further from the truth..almost any flaw that you suffer from, there will always be a concealer available that can help with it! 
From a young age I was always very lucky in the fact that I had really good skin, with very few imperfections, however the older I have gotten, that has certainly changed ..unfortunately! Over the last few years, my skin has started to break out more, my pores have enlarged and I also notice fine lines appearing on the skin around my eyes now..But, it is nothing that a little concealer cannot sort out! I have recently turned into a bit of a concealer fanatic, and I have tried out SO many, on the hunt for the perfect one for me, my skin and my imperfections. I have now some how collated a draw full of concealers, all of which combat different problem areas on my skin. Like any other make-up product, I have found concealers that did not work well for me at all, and I have also found some which I absolutely love and will continue to use on a daily basis..

 Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher || The ultimate 'magic' fix to help turn around tired and dull looking skin, is without a doubt The Retoucher pen from Charlotte Tilbury. This is a highly pigmented concealer which gives a lovely medium-buildable coverage, so that imperfections are erased and pores, fine lines and wrinkles are all minimised.  The formula of the concealer is extremely creamy, which means it blends seamlessly into the skin, to offer a natural and luminous finish, that feels very lightweight and looks traceless on the skin. As many other Charlotte Tilbury products do, this concealer also has added skin benefits included in it too..It contains a hydrating complex of black tea derivatives that smooth and moisturise the skin, to help clear imperfections whilst also disguise them as well. This unique concept is what makes this concealer one of my favourites, because as well as blurring my imperfections, I know it is also treating them as well..Bye bye blemishes!

 Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer || The 'perfect for everything' concealer is 100 percent the Nars Creamy Concealer. It has an incredible formula which is thick enough to cover up any blemishes or imperfections on the skin, yet it is still light enough to be used to conceal dark under eyes without looking heavy or cakey. A small amount of product goes a long way and it offers a lovely medium-to-high buildable coverage, which feels completely weightless on the skin. As the name of this concealer suggests, it does have a gorgeous luminous finish to it, and that is why I like this one so much for my under eye area in particular. I purchased this concealer in the lightest shade, 'Chantilly', and it is the perfect shade to be able to use as both a concealer and a highlighter, to cover up my dark circles and to highlight the high points of my face. Unlike many other concealers, the Nars creamy concealer is also enriched with hydrating skincare benefits to help create a softer and smoother complexion..No wonder it is a cult classic!

 Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer || Possibly one of the most talked about and most loved concealers of the moment, the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer is without a doubt a firm favourite in the blogging and youtube beauty community. Out of all five of these concealers, this is the one which I reach for most, and admittedly, since being released last year, it has definitely become my all time favourite concealer..I love everything about it from the shade, to the texture, to the way that it applies and the way that it looks on the skin..it is just absolutely faultless. The Naked Skin concealer offers an incredible full coverage, which is also buildable if you are after extreme full coverage, to conceal even the most problematic imperfections. No matter how much of this concealer is applied, it will always blend into the skin so beautifully, to give a natural demi-matte finish which does not settle into fine lines and feels ultra lightweight on the skin. As I wanted to use this concealer as both a concealing and a highlighting product, I purchased it in the lightest shade, 'Fair Neutral' and luckily it is the perfect highlighting shade for my skin tone. It really brightens and awakens my under eye areas, whilst also covering up my dark circles as well. I am now going to pick this concealer up in a shade that matches my skin tone too, so I am able to use it on blemishes and imperfections as well..It is just the perfect concealer and I recommend it to everyone!  

 M.A.C Mineralize Concealer || For those rare occasions where I am having a good skin day, and I do not necessarily need a high-coverage concealer to cover up all of my imperfections, the mineralize concealer from M.A.C is always my go-to. It offers a lovely sheer-medium coverage, and gives a natural looking satin finish..perfect for those 'no makeup' makeup days. The texture is really smooth and creamy, which makes the product easy to blend, and because this is a concealer that is enriched with minerals, it also feels nourishing and moisturising on the skin. 

 M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer || The world-wide favourite concealer, M.A.C Pro Longwear. As the name would suggest, this is a seriously long-wearing concealer..It has the ability to hold up for a good 12 hour day and still look flawless at the end of it. With just a small amount of product, you are able to achieve a very full coverage from this concealer, and that is why this is my favourite for those more problematic skin days..it hides a multitude of sins. While Pro Longwear is a great undereye concealer that works well for concealing dark circles, I actually prefer to use it to cover up any blemishes or imperfections on face..this is mainly because I do not suffer from dark circles too badly, and I feel like I do not need something as heavy duty as this to conceal that area. This concealer works perfectly for evening and smoothing out the skin to give a much more seamless appearance, it feels lightweight and comfortable on the skin and it gives a very natural looking finish as well. 

With concealers I do like to use multiple ones whenever I wear make-up..I tend to use one for my under-eyes and the high points of my face, and then I will use another one for blemishes or scars that I want to cover up, rather than just using one for everything..I am not saying that this is the right way of doing it, it is just my personal preference as I do find that different concealers work best for tackling certain issues on different 'problem' areas of the face. As I do not really suffer from discolouration too badly, I do not have many concealers that help with that..however, I know that L.A Girl Cosmetics, do offer some really amazing colour correctors if that is a flaw that you want to combat!   

Whenever I wear makeup, I really like to focus on achieving a base that appears to be as seamless as possible, so primer, foundation and concealer are my three essential makeup steps. You can check out my Top 5 primers here and my Top 5 foundations here to see how I create flawless looking skin. 

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Lots of Love,
ALICIA
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