If there’s only one teeny-tiny, minuscule, barely there upside to not having flawless skin – and we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel here – it’s that it’s trained me to work to make up for it. (See what I did there…?) In my experience, it’s next to impossible for me to roll out of bed looking pristine and presentable, more likely than not, I need a bit of help along the way. But only recently that I’ve started getting paid for my obsession with recreating naturally flawless skin and it’s been a long slog of experimenting that’s brought me here. So, I feel it’s only fair to share a few tips for my make-up bag’s CHEAPEST essential, tried and tested on little old me.
Concealer: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer – £3.99, Boots
While there’s no make up that works for absolutely everyone, for most, this little liquid concealer is worth its weight in gold. I’m not kidding when I say that it’s my desert island (with date) essential. People are mostly right to be afraid of cheap make-up, as there are a lot of cosmetics out there that have no right to be sold as anything other than children’s face-paints. But this baby is a smooth textured, creamy concealer with a wand applicator which dries to matt, and the claims of waterproof and 16hr wear aren’t far off the bat – kudos for Collection 2000.
Unfortunately, there are only four shade options – I wear No. 3 Medium – but if you can’t match yours and want to experiment with this as a base layer concealer, try a shade lighter than your natural skin tone and work over it once it’s dried (see tip a).
a) As a thick concealer, it can be difficult to blend. Try applying it as a base pre-foundation concealer, or if applying on top, use very sparingly and dab with the tips of your fingers to build coverage. As a base concealer, it’s tricky to do as the texture of the concealed area will be different, but worth a try if you’ve time to experiment.
b) As with all make-up, double-dipping is a nightmare for hygiene – so my advice is wash those hands and only use the wand applicator to transfer to the back of your hand before application. I’d always recommend this step as it not only warms the make-up to a better consistency, it’s super clean.
c) All concealers are a pain for dry skin and can end up looking flaky or unfortunately scaley (as unpleasant as those adjectives are, you know what I mean). Try moisturising the night before using, if necessary, a gentle exfoliant beforehand. Dab concealer into skin and remember that if you don’t give your base primer/moisturiser time to sink into skin, the concealer won’t sit!