Hello! Hey, quick question, do you guys still email people just to say hi/catch up/whatever? I was just thinking about it yesterday, there was an article about "What type of email writer are you?" And I was all "What is this, 2005?!" And I had a little look in the ghost town that is my hotmail account and noticed how much more I/we used to email before Facebook, even just a few years ago. Such is life I guess...still, kinda weird/sad. ANYway, I digress!
So I am continuing on with my “Weird Things” series (ok I've done two now, that's totally a series!)…today's is a weird thing I do with makeup. I mean, I don’t know that it is that weird, I’m pretty sure I’ve read makeup artists do it sometimes, but well, it seems slightly not the done thing so I will go with it!
Since I have been working out again, I have re-discovered this "weird thing" as a sort of quick fix/necessity for me, as I am a person who turns beetroot red when I exercise, and the colour lasts for at least an hour afterwards. It's not “glamorously flushed” at all, but more “OMG Are you going to die? - I can call an ambulance right now!”. It’s not pretty, basically, and if I need to not look like a scary red faced person, I do this….
No, that is not foundation on my face. That is concealer. Yes, I went a bit overboard here, but you get the gist! That’s right; I am saying I use concealer instead of foundation or BB cream or whatever, in moments of desperation, or when I am just particularly flushed. Is this just a weird thing I do or has anyone else out there tried it too?
Now, I know that this is not for everyone, but hear me out. A lightweight concealer, used with perhaps more finesse than pictured here(!), is the best, most instant way to bring down redness in the cheeks/matte-ify my face. I have combination skin, so my face can handle it. I wasn’t particularly flushed when I took these pics, though I do have natural redness in my skin (it's gotten better since I started having my thread veins zapped, but I still have a basic pink/ruddy tone to my cheeks), and a bit of concealer is necessary for me sometimes even after foundation. You can see I have a little dryness/breakout situation on my forehead here, so I have to be careful to moisturise or the concealer will look claggy.
Why I prefer concealer to foundation sometimes is that it stays put even if I’m still a bit overheated, I don’t look shiny or need powder on top (I ALWAYS looks shiny and need powder generally after foundation), so it really is a handy little “quick fix” type makeup trick for me. And bizarrely, this probably makes no actual sense, but I don’t feel like I’m wearing as much makeup as I do when I wear foundation. Of course, you have to be careful it doesn’t wash you out too much. I suppose ideally you would buy a slightly darker shade than you would normally use for blemishes, but I just use what I've got and go with it.
It’s probably not suitable for very dry or mature skin, but anyway, there it is. I prefer using very lightweight concealers like Rimmel Wake Me Up (I used to use their Reveal, which I’m 99% sure was just re-branded as this stuff!), Maybelline Fit Me is what I used in this pic although tbh I would probably only use that in a pinch, - also I like to use that rollerball concealer thing by Garnier in the same way, it’s particularly great at being sheer and matte at once (I don’t own one at the moment, reminder to self!).
How about you, do you have any strange or unusual things you do with makeup? J