Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Brighten Up with Highlighting Concealer

Firstly : What is Highlighting Concealer??

It can all be very confusing but in simple terms it's a thin concealer that bounces light to brighten and contour the face. 
A standard concealer has a thicker consistency, and is used to cover blemishes and dark circles under the eyes. A highlighter can cover minor blemishes and circles but the texture is very light so isn't always suitable to help with problem areas.

Why I ALWAYS use highlighting concealer:

1. Simply, this is one of the quickest ways to achieving that naturally healthy glow (even if in reality I'm tired and only rolled out of bed 15 minutes ago!). A small amount of product makes a big difference.

2. In the daytime I don't always want to wear a glossy or glittery makeup highlighter on the cheeks, so I use this for a subtle dewy glow instead.

3. As someone who suffers from dry skin, this is the closest I'm ever going to get to wearing a concealer - as the usual stuff is just way too thick for my skin type.

My faves:

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer - £6.99 from Boots

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer - £8.49 from Boots

YSL Touche Eclat - Currently on offer for £22.50 at Boots

How to apply highlighting concealer:

Brighten and contour with highlighting concealer tutorial

Apply to the following areas:

1. Under the eyes and down the sides of the nose to brighten up the eye area
2. Under the brow as a highlighter
3. In between the eyebrows and down the bridge of the nose to contour
4. Cupids bow and hollow of chin

Use a makeup sponge (or the tip of your fingers) to gently dab the product into the skin, this way you are blending the product without removing the foundation that's underneath.

A tip for those with oily skin: You can still wear these products but you may want to add a light powder such as MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (especially under the eye area and nose) to prevent too much shine. 

To Conclude:

Who wouldn't want a lovely luminous glow to their face whilst hiding the dull bags under their eyes! I think that would be no one!

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