For years, I've struggled with covering up scarring, blemishes and redness. When I see before and after pictures online I often think those ladies (or gents) are blessed with some sort of magic makeup skill that I won't ever possess. It's not as easy as just dabbing on some concealer and hoping for the best. It takes a few more steps to successfully cover up blemishes and redness and I'm going to share them with you today.
Even if you don't suffer from any skin care issues it's always important to properly prep your skin before makeup application. This way your products work better and blend seamlessly into the skin instead of simply sitting on top of it and clinging to any dry areas. One of the best moisturisers I've found for helping calm any redness is the Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream*. Not only does it help to soothe and calm the skin it's incredibly hydrating so if you suffer from dryness and redness it's the perfect candidate.
PRIME & CORRECT
To prime the skin, I like to use something like the Clinique Superprimer which is in the colour correcting formula. It helps to tone down or completely eliminate any redness in the skin as well as well as priming for makeup application. It smoothes out the complexion without being too powdery or greasy and helps to even out any uneven texture too. If my skin is really suffering from redness than a new step in my routine is to use this colour correcting palette from Claudia Louch*. It contains four shades to help tackle any skincare issues you might be facing such as redness or under the eye discolouration. By using products that help to balance out the colour of skin it makes any problem areas far easier to conceal.
Covering up pesky blemishes is difficult but ever since learning the pin point concealing method from the incredible Lisa Eldridge it's become so much easier. I've found any small eyeshadow brush is the best tool to use along with your best blemish fighting concealer. Using a gentle patting motion it not only covers the blemish but it doesn't disturb any product you might have underneath either.
When you suffer from problematic skin it's all too tempting to reach for the most full coverage base you can get your hands on. I've found by using something a little lighter that can be built up in the areas that you need that extra coverage is a better route to go down. Sometimes such heavy bases can make the skin look worse overall and enhance your problem areas. Personally I like to reach for something that has a smidgen of radiance to it so that my complexion can still look healthy whilst still providing a good level of coverage. The YSL Youth Liberator Foundation or MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation are both perfect for achieving that.