Concealer is known to be a beauty essential which can hide nasty blemishes, sun spots, and acne, brighten up your dull face and cover up dark circles. In this article, we will teach you how to choose the best concealer and apply it for a great complexion.
Choosing the Best Concealer
Concealer is available in different colors and shapes. To figure out what you need, you need to analyze your skin first. Do you want to hide under eye circles? Acne? Birthmarks or scars? Choose yellow or tinted green concealer if you want to treat discoloration of the skin. They will counteract dark and red spots on your skin. Choose 1 to 2 shades lighter concealer than actual skin tone for dark spots and scars.
For acne, consider a pencil concealer because it can easily be applied to the acne spots with its pointed edge. You should test the concealer matching your skin tone on your face, not hands, to get actual color. Be sure to test concealer with no makeup.
Wash Your Face
Before applying any concealer, use a mild face cleanser to wash and prep your face. Use a q-tip and makeup remover to avoid any darkness under eyes due to old mascara. When it comes to applying makeup, concealer is known to be the first step and it would go on well over your blank canvas.
Conceal Dark Circles
Dab concealer using your fingertips or concealer brush under your eyes. You need to start from the inner corner over the bridge of the nose and get to the opposing corner at the exterior lash line. Blend in the concealer across the corners. Hence, you may not be able to see any change in tone between concealer and your skin.
Avoid rubbing the concealer across your eyes because skin tone can be damaged with ease. Just dab or pat the concealer using your fingertips or brush to blend it well. Apply the concealer on the inner part of the nose once eyes get set properly. It is mostly ignored area when it comes to applying concealer. If it’s ignored, you will still look sleepy. Make sure to apply the product all the way under the waterline.
Conceal Spots and Acne
If you are suffering dark spots, acne, scars, sunspots, or birthmarks, it’s time to conceal them up. Apply the concealer over the top of each mark and blend it softly out of your skin. To avoid caked-on look, apply a thin layer of concealer and apply it more when needed. Don’t use your fingers on your acne. Instead, blend the concealer with a clean makeup brush to avoid bacterial infection to worsen. The more concealer you blend, the more likely it will appear on the day.
Setting Your Concealer
When you are sure that all of your under eye circles and dark spots have been blended and covered well, add some foundation over the concealer. Use a compact or loose powder foundation for better results. You can use liquid or cream foundation but you need to add an extra layer of powder over it. Spread the foundation product over the entire face. Use a large brush to apply a translucent powder over the top of foundation for 12 hours. Apply a bit of powder over the area where concealer is applied to ensure that it won’t fade off over the day.
Applying the Rest of Makeup
After applying the concealer, it’s time to apply the foundation. You may choose between powder, liquid, cream or mist foundations in order to get a smooth skin tone.
Put On a Bronzer
Covering the face using foundation and concealer can totally smooth out the complexion and remove all the bronzed areas or natural shadows in your skin. Add the bronzer on cheekbones, around the perimeter of the face and within the contours of the nose, in order to add an edge to the makeup.
In order to add more depth to your facial makeup, you need to use a powder or cream highlighter over the top of cheekbones, inside corner of eyes and under brow bones. It will highlight your face and set up a great makeup look.
Add Some Blush
Even though everyone don’t have a rosy tint to the cheeks, it is common that you can have a little blush that can appear on your face naturally. Recreate it by adding the blush over the top of the flat foundation.
Fill up the Eyebrows
With all makeup, it is common that your eyebrows may look little dull and get a bit of color. You need to fill in the eyebrows to add a natural darkness and add attention to the shape of your face and your eyes.
General FAQs about Foundation & Concealer
Which Concealer is best for Under Eye Spots in Fair Complexion?
In order to conceal your dark circles under your eyes, choose 1 to 2 shades lighter concealer than your foundation. It will brighten and lighten your skin surface and you would look more awake.
Which Foundation is best for Fair Skin Tone?
Place a little bit of foundation on jawline to test it. Make sure to get the best match of foundation which may look invisible. If you find a too light or dark line over the test bone, try again and put it back. Choose a lighter shade in between shades.
Why had Some People Choose Green Concealer?
Green concealer counteracts the redness of blemishes and pimples. Don’t use it on the eye area. Try yellow-based concealer for under-eye darkness in order to counteract purple and blue tones.
Which Color is best for Dark Skin?
If you’ve got a foundation that can perfectly suit your skin, pick a concealer which is few shades lighter as compared to your foundation. However, it works only for the product to be used under eyes. Use concealer which can perfectly match your skin for blemishes. Don’t go for too dark or too light concealer because they can make your flaws more highlighted.