Most women today use the single shade stick or liquid concealer, and this is fine for the everyday concealing of dark shadows and skin blemishes. However many women use a concealer shade that is too light when trying to reduce under eye circles. The skin around the eyes is naturally just a little darker than the surrounding skin, so using a shade that is too pale looks very unnatural and results in a "Racoon Eye Effect". In the same way a single shade of concealer used all over the face can make the complexion look flat and one dimensional.
For that special occasion or to correct specific blemishes and colour problems try using a multi-tonal concealer. There is a wide variety of these products on the market to suit all budgets. If used correctly they can achieve outstanding results.
The appearance of age spots, birthmarks, blotchiness, broken capillaries, eye area darkness, eyelid darkness, freckles and scars can all be diminished by using such a product. Imperfections can also be blurred by using opposite tones to neutralise them.
Understanding Neutalising Colours
Use beige to conceal flaws and shadows. beige also brightens the under eye area.
Mint green is used to neutralise red tones on the skin. Use this for covering blemishes, red blotches, rosacea and port wine stains.
Yellow is used to conceal blue toned bruises, under eye circles and mild red tones on the face including sun damage and darkened areas.
Lavender is used to normalise yellow coloured imperfections such as sallow complexions and yellow toned bruises. It can also help conceal very dark under eye circles and dark spots on bronze skin shades.
How to apply corrective colours.
Dot an appropriate neutralising concealer shade on carefully and blend well with your finger tips past the edges of the problem. Let this set for a few moments. Then apply a concealer that matches the colour of your skin tone over the layer of neutralising concealer. gently pat on a thin layer woth your fongertips. Feather out the concealer slightly beyond the edges of the condition. Allow to set.
Finally follow with a foundation matched to your skin tone. Pat on the foundation with a sponge or your fingertips in a downwards motion so you don't make the fine hairs on your fdace stand up. Allow the product to se for a few minutes and then apply powder.
If you have very severe facial scars a range of suitable cosmetic products are available on the NHS with a professional, trained consultant available to help you use them. Please ask your doctor for information.