Hide those flaws!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

We all have skin imperfections – yes, those girls too. It’s no reason to hide your face in a paper bag though. With a few simple waves of a magic corrective wand you can erase them in no time and hide those flaws.

concealing flaws

Corrective make-up should be used after cleansing, moisturising, and applying sunscreen. After applying corrective make-up, you can continue with a foundation that matches your skin tone. If the problem areas still bother you even after these steps, you can carefully dab on some concealer as a final touch. Be sure to blend this very well – caking it on will only draw attention to the area, and we’re aiming for invisible here. Also avoid the temptation of applying concealer before foundation – this is a common mistake and leads to that cringe-worthy caked-on look we see every now and then. Can you say Pol-ly-fil-la?

So what exactly is the difference between corrective make-up and concealer? Corrective make-up neutralises imperfections, and is normally an odd colour like green, white and amber. Concealer hides skin flaws and should always match your skin tone.

At their recent SA launch, I had a chat with Ofra Gaito, founder of Ofra Cosmetics: ‘Always moisturise skin well before concealing, this will result in a more even application. Then make sure you select the right corrective colour. Most importantly, start with the smallest possible amount (you can always add more if necessary) and blend very well.’

ofra cosmetics concealer
The Ofra cosmetics concealer wheel has a range of colours

Redness: Whether it’s couperose (see Did You Know?, below, for more on this condition) rosacea, an inflamed pimple, or just a generally flushed area, the recipe is the same: dab some green corrector onto the area, and pat with your ring finger until it’s evenly applied.

Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots and brownish scars are all neutralised with amber, orange or yellow correctors. Again, be sure to blend well. An amber corrector can also be used on the entire face in a thin application to help hide all-over imperfections.

Dark circles: Use a white or skin-toned corrector and pat inwards from the outer corner of the eye. Be careful not to drag or rub – the skin around the eye is extra delicate and should always be handled with extra care.

I prefer to use fingertips to apply concealers and correctors – this way, no product is wasted, and the warmth of your fingers softens the product for easier blending. If you prefer to use a brush, try Smashbox Precision concealer brush no 5. Its flat-tipped to easily get into areas like the eye corners, and is suitable for cream, as well as liquid, formulations. I don’t recommend using a sponge – it needs to be washed after every use, wastes lots of your precious product, and can create a caked-on look that is too heavy for everyday use.

Remember, blending is key here – rather spend a few extra minutes on this step to ensure a smooth canvas on which to apply the rest of your make-up. And remember… less is more!

Did you know?
Couperose skin is characterised by broken capillaries, which causes  redness (usually) around the nose or on the cheeks. Any kind of skin can become couperose, but it is most often found in dry, thin, delicate or mature skins. You are more likely to have a couperose complexion if you drink, smoke or have fair skin, fair hair, or high blood pressure. Exposing skin to extreme temperatures or rough scrubbing can also contribute to and worsen the problem.

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Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog NotAnotherPoppie.com.

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  1. Sue1N

    Thank you for all your informative and valuable articles! Really learn a lot here and help me!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Fantastic article, I am interested to learn more about corrective make-up. It’s bound to be cheaper than surgery.

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    All I even knew about concealer was that it had to be same shade never thought that greens n whites needed to be used …thanks for advice

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Yes I have heard to counteractive redness green concealers and creams work!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Oooh I need this! Where can I get it?

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Great article with some great tips….

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I surely would like to try this out as well!

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I do also believe in using my fingers to cover the flaws…

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I was wandering about green shades of concealer. Now I know.

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I’ve always had a problem with not know how to conceal flaws. Thanks for the article.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    I can’t live without my green concealer! Works wonders for my redness :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Mom to a toddler = very dark circles! I want this wheel!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Wow, really? Should try this out.

    7 years ago •

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