Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Pinpoint Concealing and Precision Powder

I'm sure any Lisa Eldridge fans out there would have heard her talking about the idea of 'pinpoint concealing'. A technique used to cover pimples by using a tiny dot of concealer right on top of the blemish as opposed to getting coverage happy and ending up concealing half your face. After watching many a video in which she preaches the technique, this one being particularly helpful, I decided to give it a go myself. I've also been dabbling in a bit of, what I like to call, precision powder-ing (real word?). Here's the tips, tricks and tools I've been using to conceal like Lisa herself, or at least try to.

I start off by using the highest coverage concealer I own; Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, what a name. For reference I use the shade 01 Light. I use the doe foot applicator to blob some product onto the back of my hand then reach for the Real Techniques Detailer Brush. I simply take a tiny bit on the brush and dab directly on top of the pimple I'm wanting to conceal. I then take a clean finger and pat the concealer in to ensure a flawless, well blended finish. Lisa recommends using a light coverage foundation over your entire face and focusing the coverage on only the areas that need it, so blending is really important. I find that finger patting works particularly well as your body's natural warmth helps blend but you don't end up shifting the concealer all over your face like you may with a big brush.

Now it's precision powder time. If you don't have an oily skin type or maybe you feel like embracing your natural dewiness, the last thing you want to be doing is powdering your entire face. However I do still think it remains important to use powder to some degree to help set your concealer. I like to use my Real Techniques Contour Brush paired with Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder to set the areas I've concealed, whilst leaving the rest of my face powder free. I find the contour brush to be the perfect size for problem areas such as my chin, and Rimmel's Stay Matte is my go to powder, hence why it looks just a tad worse for wear.

Concealing pimples all day long? Task complete.


  1. This was a very helpful post :) I'll definitely be trying this technique on days I don't want to be wearing a full face of makeup! x

  2. I'm doing pin point concealing for ages :) And I also use RT Detailer brush. :)

  3. I've recently started doing this, its so nice to keep the rest of the face natural looking! x

  4. This is something i must try, hate the feel of too much make up. Some great tips, thanks :) xx

  5. Great tip! Love the Rimmel stay matte powder
    Rebecca x

  6. Cornelia Kennedy8 December 2013 at 17:26

    Really like this idea, no one likes to have loads on concealer on their face, although if you can it is always best to let spots heal with the air ;)

    Ineffable Beauty


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