One of the first concealers I’d ever used was Benefit Boi-ing, after I was gifted with a sample. Before that, I’d never used one. But it was also when I was only wearing powder, blush and a lipstick. Concealers were beyond me. Not being savvy enough, and unsure if I’d bother with more makeup malarkey (Oh look how far I’ve come! LOL!) I eschewed the use of a brush. Fingers, I read, were good enough.
My experience with concealers and my fascination with them, for transforming me from tired, dull-eyed dullard, to fresh, perky almost-human, has never waned since. But one thing never changed.
In all the many years, and after trying countless numbers of concealers in the market, I never stopped using my fingers to blend my concealer. Why use anything else? I figured, when I had these God-given tools at the end of my arms.
I spoke to a few makeup artists, and I noticed they too used their fingers a lot when doing makeup. The warmth of your fingers does help cream products meld and blend better with your skin. I spent years using my hands and fingers to apply foundation, before graduating to using brushes. But with concealer, I’ve spent my whole makeup life, until now, using my fingers to blend.
Often, I’d dot concealer where I need it, then use my fingers to spread it out and blend and pat it into place. For the most part, it’s worked well for me. But recently, I saw a brush being used, and that piqued my interest. So I gave it a shot. OMG! What a life-changing moment! 😀
Now, let me preface by saying that I am not unaware of the existence of concealer brushes. In fact, I talked about using them once right here on this blog, but I never stuck to them for one reason. For the most part, they are flat paddle brushes, like the traditional foundation brushes. I owned one from Shu Uemura many years ago, the #10 synthetic brush, and I never liked it. Like flat paddle-shaped foundation brushes, concealer brushes of the same shape did not blend product well, and was streaky, or applied product too heavily. I mentioned that in my earlier post, and I’d actually still use my finger to blend it out. This time, I use a brush to BLEND MY CONCEALER, not just apply it.
I take no credit for this makeup tip. I was watching fellow long-time blogger Sophia (@makeup_bloggette on Instagram) do her makeup on Instagram a few months back, when I noticed she would use a brush to blend her concealer, instead of using her fingers. That wasn’t the interesting bit. What was interesting to me, was the brush she used.
She used a round, fluffy brush to blend concealer, instead of the regular flat, paddle brush. A light-bulb went off in my head, and I immediately put it to the test. Yes, it was life-changing! Well, an improvement on makeup application anyway. Life-changing is overly dramatic LOL! 😀
These are an example of brushes you can use, which I use. If they look familiar, yes they are. They are the usual fluffy eye makeup brushes that are recommended for blending eyeshadow, or for applying highlight colours for your eyes. Brushes like these are for the most part, round (or almost round), with long bristles, in a slightly loose configuration, so they are fluffy. Fluffy brushes diffuse colour and product better.
You can see some other examples of brushes like these in my post on eye makeup brushes under “Blending”. Like how you’d use a round, loose, fluffy brush like this to diffuse and blend your eye makeup, the same concept applies to concealer.
How to use a brush to blend concealer seamlessly
Here’s how I use a brush to blend my concealer:-
- I dot my concealer where I need it – usually on my under-eye area and any blemishes
- I then use a round, fluffy eye brush, and gently blend the concealer, in a circular motion
- If the concealer comes in a pot, I dip the tip of the brush into the pot to pick up product, and then blend into my skin in small circles
- Don’t press down, use a light hand, and let the tips of the brush do the work
What I found is that it was not only quicker, I noticed a more seamless, more flawless finish. The brush seems to give it an almost diffused appearance, so it does not even look like you have concealer on, yet blemishes, redness and dark circles are magically covered. I thought that by using my fingers to pat and blend, I was already using a light hand. I was wrong. A brush gave me that lightness of effect, and diffusion of product, that seemed to improve on the coverage of every concealer I used, and made my makeup look even better and more natural.
I found I could use less product, especially because if you need a bit of touch-up after laying down the rest of your colour, you can just pick up your brush, and use the residue to touch-up the areas that need it. As I have learnt over the years, less is always more. Use thin layers and build it up for coverage, and you will achieve a more natural, glowing look, than piling on your makeup and caking it on, like so many people teach you to these days.
Do you use a brush to blend out your concealer? Have you tried this trick?
So this is my little makeup revelation that I just felt I had to share with you 🙂 You can absolutely teach an old dog new tricks! 😀 I love this tip, and I love the effect it gives. Do try it, and share with me if you like it too! 🙂