How To Choose the Right Concealer & Foundation

This has always been an issue for a lot people. Choosing the right concealer or foundation can be somewhat frustrating if you don't know what you're looking for. You do not want to look like a ghost or have it too dark as if you're trying to hide something. There are also a few things to consider; your budget, skin type and the sort of coverage you're after. My aim is to highlight (excuse the pun) the main points that you should be aware of when purchasing your concealer or foundation.

~ CONCEALER ~ 
When choosing a concealer, you want to choose one that is slightly lighter than your natural skin tone, but close enough to match it. The clue is in the name, concealers are meant to conceal, not to draw attention to themselves or to the area you're trying to hide. Yellow based concealers are best for fairer skin tones whereas orange based concealers are better suited to darker skin tones. 

What sort of concealer are you after?
  • If the skin under your eye is thin and the circles are not too dark, it is probably better to go for a liquid concealer. Just note that liquid concealers are sheer and light, so if you require more coverage, you would have to build it up by applying more.
  • If your under eye circles are really dark, it is better to use a cream concealer as cream concealers are thicker. 
  • If you require heavy duty coverage, then you will need a concealer that is heavily pigmented.

~ FOUNDATION ~ 
Choosing a foundation is similar to that of a concealer. Once again, you must always try before you buy, and it should be near enough to your natural skin tone. A foundation is used to even out your skin tone.

What foundation should you get?
  • If you have oily skin, choose one that is oil free or mattifying. 
  • If you have dry skin, choose one that is moisture rich. 
  •  If you have combination skin, a cream to powder foundation may work best for you. 

Once you've chosen a few shades that you think may suit, test it on your jawline (not your wrist or hand). If it blends in perfectly, it is the right shade. It is best to test it out in natural light. The right shade is one that you can't see because it blends in so well.

I recently saw this picture of Rita Ora and it is clear that her foundation is NOT suited to her skin tone. It is far too pale. This is what you are trying to avoid!

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Remember, you want a shade that blends in well with your natural skin tone. You may want to mix two shades to get your perfect match. I hope the above points help when making your next purchase.

 Victoria xx 

23 comments:

  1. This post is so helpful, I have been looking for a concealor for ages and I have really bad under eye circles, its good to know that cream works best. Have you got any suggestions? Please let me know on twitter @yasminaamagdyy :) xx

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  2. @Yasmina - Thanks for your comments. So glad that you found the post useful. Yes the cream concealer is richer and therefore gives more coverage. I will pass on some suggestions to you ;)

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  3. Great Post :) - I also seen that her makeup wasn't well matched!

    India - www.thejewelbeauty.blogspot.co.uk
    !Benefit Cosmetics Giveaway!

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  4. @India - Thanks! Yes I don't think anyone could have missed it ;)

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  5. I can never fine any products which are exact matches to my skin - drives me insane!! x

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  6. @Jessie - I find that I have to mix two shades to get my exact match. You probably need to try that :)

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  7. foundation is to even out skin tone, not for adding colour thats where blusher and bronzer comes in. I love this post I was thinking of doing this myself.

    xox

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  8. @Hannah - thanks for your comments. Yes it is! It is definitely an area that confuses a lot of people. :)

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  9. Really helpful post, getting the right foundation can take so long!

    I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, here - http://megandiva.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-liebster-blog-award.html :)

    xo

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  10. @Megan - Yes it can be! Thanks for nominating me for the award, really sweet ;)

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  11. I only use foundation on my eyes, concealers have always been to heavy on my skin - I am sure that'll change eventualllly though.
    Great post, super informative! Is it weird that I read every line and I don't even really use facial makeup? hahha!


    I really, really need your help - I entered a competition and I need to gather some "Likes" on an outfit I compiled - If you visit my blog there are more instructions there! I would SO appreciate your help!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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  12. @Bree - Hihihi..I'm glad you still read them! Sure ;) x

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  13. Hey lovely,

    thanks for tweeting me the link to your gorgeous blog - I already follow you though! I actually love Rita Ora as a person and love her lip colour and hair, but yes you're right, her foundation is far too pale, she has a skin tone like Rihanna's and should embrace it, she probably doesn't need foundation that's for sure! Lots of love, Em x

    www.adayinthelifeofems.blogspot.com

    Mwaaaah :) x x x

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  14. @Em - Thanks for your comments :) Yes this isn't a reflection about her as a person at all. Just purely about the makeup. Just thought that the picture was a good example to get the point across. She is actually Albanian (both parents). So has an olive skin tone. But here, the foundation is far too pale and you can see that in comparison to the rest of her body ;) x

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  15. I love this post. I think the whole internet-sphere was surprised by Rita's ghost face. It's not a good look. I'd even recommend going foundation shopping every couple of months to make sure you're the right shade. That's a must.

    Fashion,Love,Life

    www.fashionloveandlife.com

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  16. @FFL - Yes I agree, definitely need to change it up during the year, especially after holidays in the sun!

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  17. Great post!! Keep them comin'!! xx

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  18. @Anonymous! Thanks - keep popping back for more ;)

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  19. Really helpful post! I've been using a liquid concealer, while I have dark circles and I couldn't hide them really well. Now I know why, I need a creamy one! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
    X

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  20. Very useful post! Definitely one to bookmark for future foundation/concealer purchases. :)

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