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This is my second post for The Starting Off Project. If you haven't heard of it then take a look at my introduction here. Last week was all about skincare, keeping your skin healthy and clear. Like I mentioned in my last post make up should enhance you face, but for days when you need to cover up this post will give you a few tips from my experiences. Have you ever tried to cover something up and ended up making it worse? Those patches of colour, dry skin and illuminated lumps? I've been there, my method was to slap on as many layers as I could. Mistake. Sometimes concealer can be overlooked, but once you master it, you can dramatically improve your skin on a daily basis. 

I don't have particularly bad circles under my eyes, but things can look a tad dark and dingy if I miss them out of my routine. No one wants the 'you look tired' comments. And believe me I've had a lot of them. So all you'll need is a lifting concealer and optionally a light translucent powder. Most under eye circles have a yellow blueish hue which can easily be covered by something with a peach tone. Have you seen the compact concealers with multiple colours? I never really knew why people used them, but depending in what you need to cover up you can use a particular colour to balance it out. I always choose something that's hydrating and illuminating to brighten the area. My favourite is the Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Cream, another is the YSL Touche Eclat. Both are fairly expensive, a cheaper option is the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer which is a great dupe! I dot these along the darkest parts and blend in using my ring finger. This has the lightest touch and blends out evenly. Don't apply too much, if you need to add more later you can, better to repeat something than try to remove smears of product. Fix into place using a small amount of translucent power, this is optional but will help your hard work last throughout the day. 

I am not going to try and hide the fact that sometimes I have really bad skin. (Insert before photo) But I've learnt a few things that I can share with you. First of all, do not try to cover anything with mountains of foundation, a caked face isn't going to make anything better. I use light to medium coverage foundations and use one pump, maybe two for my entire face. I then use a matte high coverage concealer, my ultimate favourite is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, it's super cheap and outdoes everything else I've tried. Anything illuminating will just add shine and draw attention to any imperfections, always use matte. I pop some on the end of a cotton bud for two reasons, hygiene and accuracy. I dab a small amount over the blemish itself and then blend around it using the other side. I find that sponges and brushes smear everything around and looses coverage. Remember those multi coloured concealers I mentioned earlier? If your blemish is a little too red, a green based concealer as a first layer will do the job and tone down the area before concealing. Again, using a translucent powder will set your hard work for hours to come and reduces the risk of shine. Of course try using advice from other bloggers until you have found something that suits you. Practice makes perfect, no one knows your skin better than you do.

To be honest I wouldn't use concealer if I didn't need to. Some days are a blessing if I can leave the house without makeup. But for the majority of time that I do, I know that I can feel confident using makeup. And I guess that's why we all go out buying a ridiculous amount of product, confidence? And of course the fact that some are just so pretty you can't not but them. If you have any tips or tricks of your own, as part of The Starting Off Project or not, please leave your links below. 

What products do you use? How do you feel about concealer?

Gem. x