Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Edit: Favourite Concealer Brushes



The key to a natural, no-makeup look is selective concealing.  Far too often, people try to use foundation to hide every last blemish, mark or freckle without realizing that it has a different purpose.  Even the most high coverage of foundation is really only meant to even out the general tone of your skin.  For picture-perfect skin, concealer is your best friend.

I'm a huge proponent of using coverage only where you need it -- especially for a product as pigmented as concealer.  There's no point covering up skin that's already even and perfect, it's what you're striving for!

Using your products selectively takes more time, but if there's one part of your makeup you should pay special attention to, it's your skin.  

My first step in any concealer routine is to correct any marks.  Personally, my hyperpigmentation is a similar hue to my undereye circles (yay, Asian genetics), so I use the same brightener on my under eyes as I do on any scarring.  We'll get into product another time, but my favourite way to cover up individual blemishes is to pinpoint conceal with a tiny brush.  My favourite is Make Up For Ever 2S -- a miniscule eyeliner brush that they don't make anymore.  EcoTools Detailed Lip Brush is slightly larger but comes to a fine point, perfect for covering blemishes and getting into the corners of your eyes.

After I've canceled out any darkness, I'll use a MAC 239 to pick up a concealer that matches my skin and dot it over any corrected areas.  The flat side of this brush lays down the product beautifully without disturbing your colour-correcting work.  his is also a great opportunity to go over any larger patches of discolouration that your foundation didn't quite cover.

To give your concealer a truly airbrushed, flawless finish, grab a Real Techniques Domed Crease Brush; I have yet to come across any other brush that blends cream products this well or this quickly.  I have two.

Check out some of my favourite concealers here.

12 comments:

  1. The RT brush is genius! I've been using it under my eyes for a very long time and would love to have another. I'm also debating if I want the eye starter set because there are two brushes in it that I'd also like to test with concealer.

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    1. I have the eye starter set, I only really use the Deluxe Crease brush and the brow brush. The smaller brush is great for inner-corner highlight, but I honestly never have time to do that. The 4th brush (it's like a synthetic 239/217 hybrid) is a little too floppy to be of much use for me. Let me know how it works for you!

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  2. I have the RT one and absolutely swear by it for applying concealer - couldn't be without it! Great post :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Right?? I bought a second set of those brushes specifically so I could have an extra! Thanks Evelyn!

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  3. I actually use a lip brush for concealer too as I find it is the most precise.

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    1. Absolutely! Especially for any scarring -- I like to get the product in any marks to be super precise.

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  4. I second the lip brush! I actually use one by Quo for blemishes. It's the perfect size and shape to cover those suckers.

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    1. I think I used to have one of those! I bent the bristles because I had no idea what I was doing with brushes back then. It's brilliant!

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  5. I am not proud to admit I very often use my finger... :p If I use a brush, it's probably the LMdB concealer brush or Wayne Goss 01. The synthetic/natural hair is arranged in such a way that the tip is actually small enough for my undereye area!

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    1. I mostly use my fingers too -- definitely don't discount the tools that are built-in! :) It gives me a super natural finish with most concealers!

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  6. Great picks! You have a great selection of brushes. I don't use undereye concealer anymore, so that has pretty much eliminated the need for a concealer brush for me. When I'm covering up blemishes I just use my finger.

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  7. I agree. I think only like 2% of people actually "need" a full coverage foundation. Light/med coverages all over are best and then spot concealing xx

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