As opposed to (my) popular belief, it’s not heavy duty foundation.
One of the things that have always relentlessly bothered me about my face has been the redness. The redness and how damn easy I blush. I’m embarrassed? I blush. I’m anxious? I blush. I laugh? I blush. I’m excited? I blush. I’m angry? I blush. I’m alive? I blush.
Sometimes I blush even when I concentrate, so it’s pretty damn safe to say that blushing is my state of being. I never hated getting all red in the face like an angry tomato for what it looked like – but for what it conveys about me. The fact that I am incredibly shy, that is. Especially around new people. Interacting with people has never been my forte to begin with, whenever I go to an event and someone asks “how are you?” – which, by all means, is a pretty damn normal question to ask (and answer) – my mind goes blank, I get really anxious and, yes, you’ve guessed that right, I blush.
Whenever I feel my face get warm, then warmer, then hot, I know it’s happening. And, for some reason, it’s the only thing I can think about. Like oh-em-gee I’m blushing again. The funniest thing is that I am feeling it right now, as I’m typing this text, I’m fucking blushing.
One thing that calms down my social anxiety and makes being a functional, socially integrated human being easier is knowing that the redness is concealed. I don’t know why, but the thought that people don’t see me blush makes me feel a lot more confident and steady on my feet. It’s always been like this. Maybe because some see blushing as a sign of weakness – and I hate few things more than seeming weak? I am not sure. However, it’s always been a coping mechanism for me.
In order to achieve that pale faced look, I used to cake my face with the highest coverage foundations I could get my hands on.
It’s never been about the acne – or it was, up until I came to the quite obvious conclusion that EVERYBODY has acne and it’s not something I need to feel ashamed about. The redness, however, oh the redness, public enemy no 1 had to be concealed. Oh, and on top of that layer of high(est) coverage foundation that was at least 2 cm thick, I would also cake on another cm (at least) of concealer, to be absolutely sure that no rosy cheeks peek through. And then I’d add some blush so I wouldn’t look, you know, completely dead.
However, welcome to 2017 Patricia, the year I discovered colour correcting products and my pores finally get to breath again.
In case you’re wondering what those are, well, allow me to welcome you in 2017 as well and tell you a little story about these lightweight products that kill all that’s red. And allow your face to breathe, as a much welcomed bonus. A colour corrector is a product in a weird colour that you’d never make the conscious decision by yourself to actually put on your face. We’ve got purple, orange, red, green – which sound like great lipstick shades, however not concealer or primer colours, right? Right. For neutralising redness, we need green. Let’s move on to the products I have been using in this sense.
As the name itself says, this one’s super fluid and lightweight. It comes in a liquid lipstick like container with a doe applicator and it had the texture of a foundation. I apply it after I used my primer on my problem areas (ergo – my whole face). I’ve been constantly using it for half a year and I’ve gone through only half the product (and yes, I shook it well for the photos so it looks full & pretty). A few dots on my cheeks, one on my nose and one on my forehead do the trick. I blend it in with a small stippling brush or a beauty blender. I also use it on red spots or acne – and this is one other thing few people know. No matter how high coverage your foundation is, the redness of the acne will still not be neutralised. The first time I wore it I only went through some light blushing so I was like, yeah sure, anything could cover that. But the second time was at an exam where I got into a fight with the teacher and, girl, my face was frigging burning. I thought that no way in hell could this “fluid” cover that. Only black magic or a deal with the devil could. I turned to my friend and asked her if the redness was really bad and she was like “what redness?”. Sold.
Sephora Colour Correction Face Palette
This one is a little more heavy duty. It’s a palette of concealers and it comes with more shades (thank you, captain obvious I didn’t know a palette comes with more shades, could’ve never guessed). We have the green, purple for a brightening effect, a light beige for evening the skintone and peach for concealing dark circles. Even though the texture is creamy and not liquid, it is a lot more lightweight than a “normal” concealer. You can build it up or down easily, according to how much protection against public enemy no 1 you need. I use the same stippling brush or beauty blender as with the fluid and it goes on nicely, blending into the skin. Once I forgot to apply the green before my foundation and I was in a hurry so I just applied it after. I was pretty sure it was a bad move and I’ll end up looking like the Witch of Oz, however after blending it carefully and adding the finishing powder, my face was spotless.
If blushing is something you’d like to cover up, I strongly recommend these two babies. Or any other colour correcting product, instead of caking your face with foundation, like I used to do. Let your pores breathe and join the dark side – we have colour correcting products 💃🏼
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