Because I can't just photoshop the thing in real life...
March 8, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
Help me figure out this foundation/concealer business, please!
posted by Because to clothing, beauty, & fashion (22 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a little hopeless when it comes to figuring out beauty products. I bluffed my way through my twenties managing to look pretty flashy, but I'm finally trying to figure this stuff out. I've pretty much managed the hair stuff, and now I need help on the skin. And oh man, you can google all day and get twelve million contradictory results. I need anecdata!
I'm 32 years old, and my skin is just barely beginning to do things which annoy me related to that. I'm getting spider veins on my nose, for example. It would seem that perhaps concealer of some kind might help with that? But before I even reach that point, I need to figure out how to even my skin tone so that my nose and the area around it are not redder than the rest of my face. I need to do all these things while not getting any more pimples or clogged pores, because I still get those, and I am a really compulsive skin-picker (which I try to stop, but I have not yet managed). So even if concealer won't work on the spider veins (will anything?), I'll need it for those...
And dark circles under one's eyes. What do you do with those? Every time I've ever tried to use any kind of foundation, even a few years ago when there shouldn't have been any age-related changes, it's always gone all cakey and found lines to clot up in. I'm not even sure where it gets them. I'm totally at sea here. And it is a sea of products rather than of waves, and while I can now manage not to go QUITE as glassy-eyed in drugstore aisles as I used to, I could still use some navigational assistance.
I'm white and pretty pale. I tend to think of myself as having a slight yellowish cast to my skin, but it's nowhere near as yellow as the cheap drugstore concealers I have tried thus far seem to want it to be. I'm also a goth, so regrettably tips about looking natural or using neutral shades or warming one's skin colour aren't really applicable. I know this eliminates some of my potential expert base, but what are you going to do? On the plus side, this also means I don't get much sun and have always been careful about how much I do get.
I'm in the UK, in Birmingham, so I have access to City Things but not necessarily US Things at the moment. My skin is what I believe is classified as "combination"-- oily in this T-Zone I have heard discussed, dry in other places. Um. I think that's it.
So there are fixative things and base things and... Erm, help? I'm not as effective a girl as I need to be to dress as femmey as I often like to.