Many years ago, I came across a tip in a magazine. It said to use bits of thickened liquid foundation that has gathered at the mouth of the foundation bottle as a concealer. You might have come across that tip too.
That tip did not appeal to me. Usually, the foundation that pools at the mouth of the bottle is thick,gunky and quite gross and I don’t really want to use that. But that was in the day of thick cakey liquid foundations. When they started making liquid foundations that were lighter and more watery in texture and started putting liquid foundations in bottles with pumps, that tip disappeared along with the gunk.
Well, I’m back to teach you a similar tip! ….. But not 🙂 You don’t have to make use of any old gunked out foundation. You just apply the principles of layering.
For this tip, you will need a liquid foundation that can be layered to at least medium coverage. If its too sheer, it will not work. If its a foundation that looks cakey when layered, it will not work either.
- Apply liquid foundation as normal all over the face. I usually use the palm technique.
- Observe areas that might need extra coverage e.g. redness, blemishes, pigmentation
- Squeeze out a bit of liquid foundation on the back of your hand.
- Using fingers (or a brush if you prefer) spread the foundation on the back of your hand, and dab on the areas that need extra coverage. Blend.
- Repeat dabbing and blending until you achieve the desired coverage.
- Apply some powder to set if preferred.
The benefit of using this method is that you save on purchasing concealer and you can be very sure that the colour will be an exact match for your foundation. Its also good when you travel so you don’t have to carry an extra item with you.
The down side is that you may not get a full coverage unless you are using a full coverage foundation but you might then risk it looking cakey in parts. This is also not a replacement for a good concealer, or if you have prominent blemishes or imperfections. I still prefer using a separate concealer and foundation but this works too on lazy days 🙂
As I usually use sheer to medium liquid foundations, most of the ones I use and that I like, work. You can also use BB Creams if you prefer. The foundations that work especially well are Bourjois Healthy Mix and Shiseido Perfect Refining foundation. For some reason, these two allow me to layer and blend without too much caking or looking thick and I don’t need very much of either even at the best of times.
Do you already do this? Am I the last to know? 😉