Full Coverage Base without the Cake


This winter has really done a number on my skin. It’s so dry and so cold and my skin does not like that one bit! I have developed some acne on me cheeks which I find extremely frustrating. I thought I would share how I achieve a full coverage base without going crazy with the products.

I really don’t like my makeup to read as “makeup.” I don’t like wearing heavy duty foundations that require a pick axe to take off come bedtime. I achieve my full coverage base by strategically placing my foundation and then using the magic of pin-point concealing.


The Kjaer Weis Foundation is nice and high coverage without looking too heavy. I attribute that to the lovely oils within the  foundation. I like to keep my foundation primarily on my nose, cheeks and chin. I don’t bring my foundation to my hairline but that’s just my personal preference. I use my fingers to work this into the skin and it just provides a beautiful base that isn’t obvious. If you don’t use foundation all over your face it’s extremely important to really blend the edges so that it’s not apparent that you have patches of foundation on your face.

Pin-point concealing is a technique of placing concealer only on the affected area with a small brush. If you are unaware of this technique or need a refresher I highly recommend checking out Lisa Eldridges Natural Flawless Skin Tutorial. It’s extremely helpful and will walk you through the basics. For concealing I use the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2 which has an extremely thick and dry consistency. I like to pop a drop of Ko & Humble Passion Fruit Seed Oil onto the back of my hand and dip my brush into that and then go into my concealer. It just adds a bit of emollience to the formula.

After I pin-point conceal all of my blemishes and scars I blend the edges of the concealer with my fingers and set everything with powder. My concealer lasts all day and I don’t have to worry about too much product sliding all over my face.

What’s your favorite way for covering up acne or scarring? Let me know down in the comments! I am always looking for great new techniques or products!


  1. fannyanddailybeauty February 15, 2016 / 10:43

    I tried the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer a long time ago and found it too thick in consistency so I will definitely try to dip my brush into a face oil before using it, thanks for the tip!


    • Ellen February 15, 2016 / 11:04

      You’re welcome! It really does help and it doesn’t change the coverage 🙂

  2. Nereyda @ This Girl Is Obsessed February 15, 2016 / 13:10

    Do you ever mix the oil with your foundation? I like a very light coverage for my face too and like to play up my eyes instead. I don’t use concealer but I do like your method better. Thanks for sharing!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

    • Ellen February 15, 2016 / 13:17

      Yes! It’s a really great way to reduce the coverage of your foundation. It works really well especially if you have drier skin. That’s why I rarely buy tinted moisturizer because I just mix a foundation and an oil if I want a lighter coverage 🙂

  3. Emily February 15, 2016 / 15:24

    I definitely agree with you about having awful dry skin and not wanting to smother on the foundation – you’ve created a really great look here, I love the look of that concealer!

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    • Ellen February 15, 2016 / 15:26

      Thanks so much Emily. Yeah this winter has really been a killer! I will have a pictorial coming soon on how I achieve this 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    • Ellen February 15, 2016 / 16:19

      The seed oil really really helps my skin! It’s just so terribly windy and there is absolutely no humidity so I can use all the extra hydration!!! Thanks Albana 🙂

  4. Alina Bostan February 15, 2016 / 18:25

    Pin point concealing is the best even if it takes a bit longer to buff into the skin. Sounds like you have a great routine set in place for a flawless finish x

    Beauty with charm

    • Ellen February 15, 2016 / 19:59

      I have a pictorial coming up on Wednesday 🙂 I hope that it will be helpful for those who don’t already pin point conceal. It really is a great way to conceal.

  5. Caked To The Nines February 16, 2016 / 05:57

    I’ve really been wanting to try out Kjaer Weis. Their products look so beautiful, but they’re so expensive :(. If I’m going all out, I like to color correct to cover up blemishes and scarring. I like using the NYX color correcting concealers because they’re not thick and cakey!
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Ellen February 16, 2016 / 06:22

      I am absolutely terrible at color correcting. I just end up looking like an easter egg! I’m glad it works for you though, thanks Nida!

  6. Ashlynn June 22, 2016 / 15:42

    This is a great technique! I really love spot concealing and I watch all of Lisa Eldridge’s videos, she is a makeup magician! I used to just cover my whole face and now I prefer lighter coverage and spot concealing. My skin looks and feels so much more like my own skin and far more comfortable. I also really enjoy the plant oil trick for a lighter coverage. The Ko and Humble Passionfruit is seriously so light unlike any other, it is perfect for this. I like mixing my mineral powder with it for a light/medium coverage. Great post!

    • Ellen June 22, 2016 / 15:45

      Oh my gosh I know! She just touches her face and she looks instantly glamorous. It’s actually amazing!! I have never tried mixing an oil with mineral makeup! That’s such an awesome idea! I need to try that! Thanks Ashlynn 🙂

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