My mother has beautifully smooth, NC55-ish skin to which she has to do very little. I, unfortunately, was not blessed with such skin. I got stuck with the Pow family tendency for acne (and ginormous feet). Getting that flawless look without looking like you’re wearing inches worth of makeup can be challenging, especially for an oily girl. Find out the what and how of the look above after the break.
If you would use a cream foundation, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using concealer all over your face in place of foundation. I don’t currently own any cream foundations for myself. I do own MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer (5.5g, £13.50) in NC45 & NC50 (MAC, can you please make an NC47.5 because that would really make my day), which are ultra creamy concealers. While the Studio Finish Concealer (7.0g, £13.50) is billed as being full coverage, I find SSC to be more versatile. I love that it melts and blends so easily once warmed on the hand or with fingers. And when used as a foundation, it gives me medium to full coverage that looks silky smooth.
To make sure that SSC doesn’t look too heavy on my skin, I prep my skin with a light moisturizer, then pat any excess off. After that, use a foundation or oil-delaying primer. I combined SSC in NC45 & 50 and placed that in cap of one of the containers. The real key here is to use a good brush to help buff the concealer into your skin. I used Illamasqua’s Blusher Brush #1 (£25.50), which looks like a slightly fuller version of MAC’s infamous 109 brush (£22). Because of the consistency of the concealer, I don’t think a duo-fiber brush on its own would do the trick.
I usually spray a bit of Fix + on the brush before swirling it in the concealer mixture. Then buff, buff, buff! A final dusting of translucent powder will set the foundation and take a bit of the shine off. The only drawback to using SSC as a foundation (at least on my super oily skin) is that it only lasts about 4 hours before I have to blot and powder. But those 4 hours for a flawless finish are worth it to me.
Do you ever use concealer in place of foundation? If so, which kind works best for you?