Perfect Base | Concealer Edit

The key to a perfect face is a perfect base. Concealing your dark spots, acne scars etc will help ensure that your makeup looks its best. Unfortunately, for some of us- its not enough to simply apply concealer on your dark spots or undereyes. If you notice that even after you apply loads of concealer that you can still see the darkness peeking through, its because you need to correct that area first.

Correct (if necessary) + concealer + set with powder or bake (for undereyes)= perfect base

Color correcting has turned into a trend but it is a very important step if your skin needs it.
Correcting the areas that need it will help ensure that the area will be concealed after you apply your concealer and you'll find that you'll use less product. I have posted a color correcting 101 post, if you are interested in learning more about color correcting (click here). Once you color correct, apply your favorite concealer- I personally like to apply a full coverage concealer. My all time favorite concealer is MAC Prolongwear concealer in NC42. It is full coverage, you only need to apply a very minimal amount, and doesn't crease. Another tip is to not apply a concealer that is too light because it will give a grey cast on your undereyes. I like to color correct my undereyes and then apply a concealer that is my skin tone or maximum 1 shade lighter. A good drugstore alternative is NYX HD concealer ($6) or LA Girl Pro Concealer ($2-4 & amazing shade selection)- both deliver great coverage,  long wearing, and very inexpensive.

Depending on the concealer that you use, you may need to set it with powder to prevent creasing and ensure longer wear. Lately, I have been obsessed with baking my undereyes- I apply a loose powder (Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder) to my undereyes and allow it to sit on my undereyes for about 10-20 minutes as I do my eye makeup and brush the excess powder away. It brightens my undereyes, sets my undereyes, helps hide my undereye crease, and gives a lovely flawless finish. Plus, it helps catch eyeshadow fallout once you brush the excess powder off your face. Baking isn't completely necessary but I've been doing this almost every time I wear makeup.

Following these three steps have definitely stepped my makeup game up.
Be sure to check out Into The Gloss' post about best concealer pots

What is your favorite concealer?
Do you color correct or bake?

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