Beginners Tips: Concealer, Blush & Bronzer
I know, I know- this post is so late! We didn’t get internet until yesterday and unpacking has been crazy. We’re nowhere near settled but I wanted to get my next beginner’s post all set up. So now that we’ve gotten the hang of foundation and which formula and shade to purchase (if you missed my last post, check it out here), we’ll go over how to apply other face makeup to the face. I won’t go over everything in depth in terms of contouring (that will come later, don’t worry!). My goal of this post is to give a beginning a better idea of how to apply concealer, blush and bronzer.
First of all, you have to figure out what shade works best for you. This can be the hardest part and for blush especially it may take a little bit of trial and error. Blush is the most difficult because not only are you looking at undertones and shades, but also the finishes/sheens.
Let’s talk concealer first. You can do one of two things with this- either choose a shade that matches your foundation color or go for one 1-2 shades lighter. If you’re trying to cover up acne marks or any other discoloration, choose a concealer that is closer to your skintone. Using a lighter shade could draw more attention to those areas, which is not what you want. When choosing a shade, you can feel safer going towards a more yellow undertone instead of pink because it’s more generally flattering as a concealer. When you apply concealer, dot the concealer in the triangle shape under the eye to conceal dark circles. The product should go underneath the eye along the lash line, down the side of your nose, and then connect the two ends to get your triangle. After you blend it out, apply powder to set it in place so it doesn’t crease. To even out the light shade you just applied under the eyes, be sure to apply it other areas to make it look more “natural.” I normally apply a dot in the center of the forehead, chin, and the bridge of the nose. Again, blend it out and apply powder to set it in place.
Bronzer is pretty much the opposite of concealer. You want to choose a shade a few shades darker than your skin tone. Getting the exact shade can be a little tricky because you want it to be on the warmer side so you can get that “sun kissed” look but you don’t want it to be too warm for your skintone because then the bronzer can look muddy on your skin. Generally, you want to stick to 1-2 shades darker than your skintone. People with lighter color eyes tend to do better with bronzers that have a more peachy undertone while people with darker eyes/features will fare better with a more copper-bronze shade or a more chocolate shade. I usually stray away from more shimmery, glittery bronzers and look for either matte bronzers or one with just a slight sheen. Once you find the right shade, when and where do you apply it? In my routine, I usually apply it after I’ve applied foundation, concealer, and powder. To get a natural, “sun kissed” look, apply bronzer where the sun would normally hit your face. Generally speaking, this is at the top of the forehead (by your hairline), the jawline, and the cheek area (I usually focus on the hollows). Some people call this the “3” method since you can do everything in one motion that way. This methid will also give your face a little more structure without full-on contouring.
Last but not least, blush! Figuring out where to apply blush is the easy part- just find the apples of your cheeks. Can’t figure it out? Just smile- it’s so foolproof to figure out where to apply! In my routine, I usually apply blush right after bronzer so I can make sure to get it in the exact spot where I want it. The shade is the tricky part. After playing around with different shades, I’ve found I love blushes that have more peach in them. On my skintone, I think it gives me a natural flush and is the perfect color to compliment my skintone. How to figure that out without trying 10 different shades? Peach happens to be a pretty universal shade for most skin types, but obviously different shades flatter different skin types. If you’re more fair, a baby pink can give you that natural flushed look. Medium skin tones should lean towards warmer tones like apricot or even a mauve. Have an olive skin tone? You can go a little deeper and bolder- look for a rose or a bronze. Deep skin tones should not stray from bold colors- look for a tangerine or a deep terracotta. I found my shade preference by playing around on the Makeup Geek site. This is great for beginners because you can look at shades that catch your eye and then the description of each shade gives suggestions on which skin tone would be ideal. When these blushes were reformulated, they posted an announcement that shows each blush and swatches them all next to each other. You can look at all of the different blushes in one place and read the descriptions to see which shades will best suit your skin tone. Even if you don’t end up getting a MUG blush specifically, it can at least give you an idea of which shades to look for at your local Sephora or Ulta or even drugstore!
Whew! I know that was a long one and it had a ton of information in it but I hope this was helpful for any beginners out there. If you have any questions, let me know. Is there something I forgot or a trick I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments!