How to conceal anything
Mon, 31 October 2016 4:03PM
Makeup is the most magical thing ever, isn’t it? Lol, I don’t need to tell YOU that – you’ve come to a site all about beauty! You are well aware that makeup is magical. Isn’t it the best feeling when a few swipes of mascara suddenly make your eyes like two giant saucers? How the right shade of lipstick makes you want to kiss YOURSELF, your lips look so fab?
You know what I think the most magical thing is about makeup? You can HIDE STUFF. We enlisted the help of NZ makeup artist Kate Manihera on how to hide everything from dark circles, to pimples – even hickeys.
“First, I like to colour correct the pimple with a green concealer,” says Kate. Green concealer helps to neutralise redness, but you need to follow on with regular concealer otherwise the green tinge will be obvious, even if you blend it well. “I set the regular concealer with translucent powder, and then continue with foundation as normal,” says Kate – and this is key. For a big pimple, go in with the concealer BEFORE foundation, not the other way around. “If the pimple is still peeping through, use a high coverage concealer that matches your skin tone after foundation, and set again with powder.”
Tattoos are great! But maybe you have an event coming up and you just don’t want yours to show temporarily. There’s a fix for that. “A good way to hide a tattoo is to colour correct it first,” says Kate. So, like with pimples, you use a coloured concealer that’s on the opposite end of the colour wheel to your tattoo. Lots of tatts are a black-green shade, and Kate recommends going in with a red concealer with a layer of normal concealer on top for that. “If you have very pale skin, try a peach/salmon concealer shade,” she says. Set the colour correction layer with translucent powder, go back in with a skin toned concealer, set again and you should be in business! Make sure your skin toned concealer is pretty heavy duty – otherwise you’ll see a faint tatt peeking through.
Do you look in the mirror and just see PORES, HUGE PORES? Well firstly know that most people do NOT see huge pores when they look at your pretty face. But if they’re genuinely bothering you, there are products on the market that can work wonders at hiding them. “Pore filling primers can do wonders,” says Kate. These work to fill in and therefore “blur” your pores, and work either under or over foundation. Kate recommends Benefit Porefessional, or NYX Pore-Filling Primer.
All over redness can be so annoying, always showing through your foundation no matter how much you pop on! “Use a colour correcting primer to neutralise tones in the skin,” says Kate. Stila’s One Step Correct is great for completely neutralising all other tones in the skin, mixing green, salmon and illuminated white shades together to combat anything and everything. Alternatively, a green primer is perfect for hiding red tones.
This depends on the scar. A raised scar you won’t be able to completely hide because the shape will still be visible. But you can definitely tone down the shades of a scar, raised or not. If it’s red, go for a green concealer and follow the same steps as the pimple tips above. For a scar that’s a bit more purple-red, a salmon toned concealer (a lot of under eye ones come in this shade) will help neutralise the purple. “Then, add a heavy duty high coverage concealer on top that’s skin toned, and do multiple layers, setting each one with powder,” says Kate.
Like scars, with hickey’s you have to work with the shade it is. A fresh hickey is usually red or purple-red. As it ages, it’ll often go yellow. “Cover a fresh hickey with green concealer, a purple one with yellow concealer, and a yellow with with pale peach,” says Kate. Then, go over with your skin toned concealer and set with finishing powder. You might want to take both concealers with you for through-the-day fix ups! Hickeys are notoriously known for peeking through concealing efforts.
Haven’t managed to find time to hit the hairdresser chair yet? You can hide regrowth easily these days. “There are great, temporary fixes on the market for hair regrowth,” says Kate. “Most last until your next shampoo.” In a pinch, you can also use eyeshadow to hide your roots. Just brush it in with your eyeshadow brush once you’ve styled your hair!
Gaps in your eyebrows
“I find eyebrow pomades are the best for hiding brow gaps,” says Kate. Why? “Gaps are often caused by scars, and I find scarring doesn’t retain powder products as well.” Just paint into the gap in soft strokes to mimic your hairs.
“If you have pale skin, you can hide pigmentation by using a yellow toned concealer before your foundation. If you have a darker skin tone, orange concealer works best,” says Kate.
The old way to conceal dark circles was to use a concealer lighter than your skin tone to brighten the area. The new way? Yep, you guessed it – colour correcting! “Use a light salmon toned concealer to counterract blue tones if you have pale skin, or orange toned if you have darker skin,” says Kate. Paint it on quite heavily, and follow down toward your cheeks so it’s not in obvious round circles. Then, apply your foundation and go back over the area with skin toned concealer, if you need.
Kate Manihera is represented by Johnson & Laird Management.
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