Concealer is a staple in every woman’s makeup arsenal. When used properly, concealer can completely revitalize the appearance of your face.
From brightening up the tone to covering blemishes to hiding under-eye circles, concealers can really be a life-saver. In fact, a lot of beauty specialists choose to skip foundation completely and only use concealer.
Yet, there are still many women out there that are afraid of using concealers, either because they can’t find the right shade or they don’t know how to use it correctly.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a makeup artist to apply some concealer on your face. It may seem intimidating when you first get started, but with a quality concealer brush and some guidance, it’s super easy to make yourself look dazzling!
The Right Concealer For You
With how saturated the makeup industry is today, it can feel overwhelming trying to find the right concealer for you. There are countless brands and products out there, in a myriad of different shades. How do you know which one will look good on you?
The most important factor to consider when looking for a concealer is to choose one that is a shade or two lighter than your skin. This will help brighten up your skin and leave your face looking refreshed.
You should also find a concealer that is yellow-based. Don’t go too light or too dark. You don’t want your makeup to look unnatural.
If your skin is darker in the summer, go for a darker shade during those months. Then, swap it out for a lighter shade in the winter.
If you still feel lost, don’t be afraid to ask for help at your local beauty store. Many beauty stores will allow you to test shades out and guide you through the process of finding a concealer.
Before or After Foundation?
One common question that people have about concealer is if you should put it on before or after your foundation. Well, this really depends on why you’re applying the concealer.
If you’re targeting under-eye circles, you should use the concealer first, then the foundation after. To hide blemishes, apply foundation first.
Applying the Product
Now, comes the hard part: actually applying the product. In general, concealer looks most natural when you create sheer layers and build it up slowly.
Some people use their fingers to apply concealer. Some people use concealer brushes. If you’re a beginner though, you should definitely start out with a brush.
To start, apply several dots of concealer beneath the eyes, next to your lashes. Then, place a dot on the inside corners of your eyes.
Next, tap in the concealer until it’s blended well. Remember to always tap. Never rub, as this can cause unevenness.
If you want, you can also apply concealer to other uneven spots on the face, like the chin, nose, and mouth. Just tap it in, just like you would for your eyes.
If you still need additional coverage after the first layer, apply another layer. When you’re all done, dust fine, loose powder over your face. This will set your concealer and keep it firm.
With all this being said, there is no single way to apply concealer. Ultimately, the way that you put on concealer will depend on what kind of look you’re going for.
Covering Pimples and Scars
If you’re attempting to cover up pimples and scars, it is recommended to apply a liquid bandage over the blemish, before you apply concealer. This will protect your pores from getting clogged.
After you apply the liquid bandage, apply multiple layers of concealer, as well as a translucent powder.
You can also use concealer to heal blemishes. Here’s a neat little trick you can use to get rid of pimples faster: the aspirin face mask. This can be used to disguise a concave pockmark or scar.
To create the mask, grab an angled brush and dip it in a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone. Fill in the center of the pockmark without going past the edges. Then, dust it with translucent powder.
If the scar is elevated, use a concealer that matches your skin tone and pat the scar with it. Afterward, set it with powder.
Hiding Dark-Eye Circles and Crow’s Feet
For dark under-eye circles, it’s best to use a concealer specifically designed for your under eyes.
These concealers work by brightening dark areas under the eyes. However, if you suffer from eye bags, you should opt for a pearl highlighter instead.