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Concealer, foundation, corrector - can someone explain?
I am a total klutz when it comes to make up. According to Bobbi Brown I gather you are supposed to use all 3 products. In which order? And what on earth is the difference between a concealer and a corrector??????
A corrector is usually a peachy shade and cancels out the blue/grey tones under your eyes. A concealer is then used on top to bring it all back to skin colour and to blend. A foundation is for the rest of your face. Personally, I apply foundation first with a brush (Real Techniques stippling brush) and then apply concealer around the eyes. I've just recommended Clarins Instant Concealer on another thread. It is just amazing!
Corrector first, then concealer. I used to use both when I had Bobbi Brown products, but I find it takes up too much time when I have a small child asking me to play cars with him! The Clarins concealer is a time saver - I just squeeze a bit on my finger and dab it around my eyes. I am sooo pleased with it! It comes in three shades - 01, 02 and 03 - and I found 01 is fine for my relatively pale complexion.
I'm going to disagree here! Corrector - as per PP - should be used first but can be a variety of colours depending on what you want to achieve (reducing redness / lifting a sallow completion etc). It can be combined with a primer (look at the Smashbox website) to reduce the appearence of pores, smooth fine lines etc. Will also help your foundation to 'hold'.
Foundation is then used - evens skin tone, reduces the appearence of pigmentation. Can be tinted moisturiser, full coverage, medium or light coverage, BB cream etc.
Concealer is applied last (in smaller quantities) to cover blemishes and around patches of, say, red skin that's showing through the foundation (around nose for me). You can also use it to reduce the appearence of dark circles under the eyes or you can use a separate light reflective 'pen' here.
If you put concealer on first, you'll 'shift' it when you apply the foundation.
I do concealing last - after eyes, blusher etc - as this allows the foundation to sink in and set, meaning you'll really see where you need extra coverage.
I've spent a lot of time in the company of make up artists and this is what they advise. Also, Google Lisa Eldridge - her website is brilliant for basics and more adventurous looks.
That's what I do - I apply foundation first and then concealer aftewards. However I would never apply concealer after eye make-up, especially mascara. I think of it as my base before applying my eye make-up. I follow Sali Hughes's method here: www.salihughesbeauty.com/videos/clarins-10-minute-makeover/
I personally think that unless you really need it (eg for redness or sallowness) you don't really need a corrector...
concealor - well for spots/redness you need a proper concealor no light reflection. what is similar but used under eyes is more light reflecting like Clinique Air Flash or YSL Touche Eclat - if you use these on spots etc you'll highlight them which you don't want to do!
Foundation - not all are made equal - you can get glowy/light reflecting ones or more matt ones or full coverage.
I tend to apply concealor first then foundation (not on top of it) afterwards.
I think for me I wasn't getting the even coverage I wanted just using my fingers. Plus with redness around my nose and shadows under my eyes, I wanted a smoother and more even finish. Using the stippling brush was a bit of a revelation for me and I find it just as easy as using my fingers. I guess it depends on what your skin is like and whether you need the coverage that a brush can give. If you only need to dot foundation here and there, then you're probably fine with fingers. If like me you need a mask (!), then brush is the way to go!
I always find Touche Eclat makes under eye shadows worse .I know it's supposed to help, but seems to just draw attention to them. That is the main area I want to correct and I don't seem to have nailed it yet….