If you need concealer, it’s because you are looking to hide something. The last thing you want to do is draw even more attention to your flaws. Yet so many people seem to have trouble getting concealer just right. It’s a tricky cosmetic but with the right technique, you can get the impeccable skin you want. Here is some advice on how to apply concealer flawlessly.
1. Use moisturizer and foundation first. You should apply your moisturizer five to ten minutes before the rest of your makeup so it has a chance to sink in. You don’t want to skip moisturizer because dry skin will absorb more concealer than the skin surrounding it, making flakes and other flaws more obvious. If you’re using foundation, it should also be put on first. Otherwise, you risk disturbing your concealer as you blend in your foundation. Give it a chance to set before proceeding.
2. Use the right product for the job.If you are covering up undereye circles, you should use a liquid concealer that has a small amount of light-reflecting particles. Matte undereye concealer looks awful in sunlight and photographs. Choose one of the many concealers that are made specifically for the purpose of covering undereye circles. For blemishes, the concealer you use should correspond to the coverage you need. A thin liquid is enough to cover small blemishes but heavier pimples will need a highly pigmented cream concealer. If you’re planning to sweat or be out for a long time, look for a long-wearing formula as well to avoid fading.
3. Always use a good brush. Concealer should be applied with a combination of your fingers and a brush. Don’t use cotton swabs or those worthless applicators that come with concealer. In the case of undereye concealer, first dab a few dots onto the darkest areas using your fingers and then blend with a concealer brush that has a slightly tapered edge and soft bristles. For blemishes, put a small amount of product onto a fine-tipped concealer brush and apply it directly to the middle of the blemish. Then use the same brush to carefully blend the concealer outward.
4. Blend and blend some more. When it comes to concealer, blending is a crucial step. Blend, blend, and blend some more. This is the key to avoiding the caked-on concealer look. Use a light hand when you blend to avoid rubbing off too much product. Then dust on a top layer of setting powder all over your face.
5. Check your work. You should always give your concealer application a final inspection in different types of light. Grab your compact and stand near a window, under your bathroom light, and in regular light to make sure there are no obvious spots. If you have something to hide, fear not. It may take a bit of extra time in the beginning but once you get the hang of the proper concealer application technique, you will be out the door and looking flawless in no time.