I have a few tips with concealing acne! :)
- Press to blend, don’t rub. Pressing and patting the concealer over a blemish will give more coverage because you’re concentrating the concealer in a particular spot. Sometimes rubbing/blending the concealer out with cause the concealer to rub away and just blend into the skin.
- Use a small brush, even an eyeshadow blending brush to apply powder directly over any blemishes you just concealed. I find this method to help last any blemishes I concealed to stay concealed all day. This will add extra coverage as well as set the concealer. Sometimes if you use a big brush to set where you just concealed it can look cakey by applying too much powder to a large area but by powdering directly over the blemish youre making sure the concealer won’t go away and avoiding looking too powdery!
- Go for a long wearing concealer so it lasts all day. Anything too creamy or thin can fade away through out the day. Go for a concealer that dries to more a powder finish with a more drying formula. This will ensure it stays put on the skin. Try a concealer like Loreal True Match Crayon Concealer!
Personally I love using translucent powder to set under the eyes! It’s super silky so it never looks dry or cakey and since it’s colorless it lets my light concealer show through keeping my under eye bright. Any translucent powder will do really, they all work relatively the same. However translucent powder under the eyes can look a little ghostly in flash photography if you apply too much so I use translucent powder on more of an every day basis and not so much for special occasions.
If you don’t want to use a translucent powder try a tinted loose powder or a brightening face powder. A slightly luminous face powder works great for setting the under eyes because it keeps them bright. A powder too matte or chalky will settle into fine lines, cling onto dry spots and just overall look a cakey mess.
- Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (slightly beige tinted, not stark white)
- NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder (slightly illuminating/brightening, make a pressed and loose version)
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (pale yellow shade is brightening, slight luminous effect)
- Loreal Hydra Perfecte Light Diffusing Powder (using the translucent or one of the tinted shades)
- Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana (a slightly luminous, pale powder)
NYX Blush in Mocha
Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink (shimmery medium pink)
ELF Blush in Mellow Mauve
Wet n Wild Blush in Heather Silk
I want to buy a brush set from Morphe brushes and I don't know what's the best set! My budget is $100 and I don't know the difference between synthetic, sable, and vegan :(
If I were to recommend one brush set from Morphe I would recommend the 682 11 Piece Pro Sable Brush Set! I think it has the best mix of brushes because it has synthetic and natural hair brushes :)
I’ll help break down the brush lingo for you!
Synthetic brushes are made from man made materials like plastic so they are super soft. If the brush hairs as really shiny it’s a sign they are synthetic. Synthetic brushes work great with cream and liquid products like foundation, cream blushes, concealer, etc. However sometimes synthetic brushes can be too soft for powder so I tend to stay away from synthetic eye brushes because the powder doesn’t really stick to the brush.
Natural hair brushes which they seem to be calling “sable” are made with animal hair and natural materials. The brush hairs tend to be less shiny because they arent man made. These brushes don’t tend to be as soft, some can even be scratchy if they arent good ones. They work best with powder like blushes, bronzer, face powder, etc. I prefer using natural hair brushes for the eyes.
Vegan brushes are made with no animal products like animal hair so they are synthetic. There is a large market for animal friendly/cruelty free cosmetics. Same pros and cons as synthetic brushes.
For your problem I would recommend a light weight BB Cream or foundation then spot concealing any blemishes :)
This way the majority of your skin (and your fabulous freckles) will shine through but any blemishes will be concealed. Any foundation with enough coverage to cover acne will most likely cover your freckles so spot concealing will be your friend! This method of applying foundation is best for anyone wanting super natural looking foundation yet still being able to cover troubled areas.
You want to apply a thin layer of foundation or BB Cream all over the skin then go in with a concealer on any blemishes. You can use your finger or a brush to blend it out. You also want to set any areas you applied concealer with powder because you don’t want the concealer to fade away through out the day. I find pressing/patting the powder over the areas with concealer will help add coverage and set the concealer without rubbing it away.
Try long wearing, pigmented concealers like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Loreal True Match Crayon Concealer (great for spot concealing), Revlon Photoready Concealer, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer.
Try blushes like
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (or Corallina which is a bright coral but beautiful when applied in a sheer layer)
MAC Springsheen (similar to NARS Orgasm but more pigmented)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Bissful
Loreal True Match Blush in Innocent Flush (very subtle peachy color)
NYX Blush in Coral Dream
Clinique Pop Blush in Peach Pop