It seems almost inevitable that when an important event is coming up on the horizon, the human skin develops a rebellious mind of its own. Pimples, blemishes and other red splotches spring up overnight where there weren't any before. Fortunately, there is a simple solution for this problem in the cosmetic aisle of the local store—green concealer. Green is complementary to red on the colour wheel and balances out too much redness in the skin. Blemishes that appeared overnight can be covered in a matter of minutes with this handy make-up tool.
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Things you need
- Green tint concealer
- Pressed powder
Wash your face thoroughly to make sure that the area is clean before applying make-up.
Apply any skin toner and moisturiser that you normally would in your skin cleansing and make-up routine.
Dab a bit of the green concealer onto the area that's too red. This should be done with a small, clean make-up brush. Try to avoid using your fingers to apply the make-up. The heat and oils from your skin can make blemishes worse. If you cannot avoid using your fingers, make sure they're clean and that you use the ring finger of your hand. It's the weakest finger on your hand and tends to pull on skin less than the other fingers, which causes wrinkles later on.
Blend the concealer so that it doesn't have an “edge.” You don't want a noticeable make-up line. People should see you and not your make-up.
Add a concealer that's one shade lighter than your foundation on top of the blended green concealer. Use a different make-up brush for this. This acts as a primer of sorts so that your foundation will look smoother.
Apply foundation to the area and to the rest of your face. This further ensures that you have no make-up edges and that your skin has the same overall look. If you do not have flawless skin—most people don't—foundation goes a long way toward correcting the slight "unevenness" in skin tones.
Set your make-up by applying a pressed powder so that it doesn't run or smear throughout the day.
Finish your make-up routine as you normally would by adding blush, eye make-up and lip colour.
Tips and warnings
- Sometimes blemishes and redness occur because the skin is not being taken care of properly. Often the best concealer is not make-up, but rather lifestyle. Beautiful skin starts with having a healthy lifestyle and diet that includes good nutrition, sunscreen and plenty of rest.
- If you have sensitive skin, you should use hypoallergenic make-up.
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