6 Tips for Applying Concealer the Right Way, From Covering up Dark Circles to Pimples
Life-changing makeup hacks.
Whether you use drugstore brands like e.l.f. or high-end brands like Charlotte Tilbury, concealer is often the product that people can’t leave the house without. It’s a miracle worker when it comes to covering eye bags, pimples and blemishes, but it can also be the tool in your makeup kit that’s the most unforgiving. We’ve all had moments when we look in the mirror midway through the day and our concealer has left flakey patches or even more exaggerated lines than before. What’s worse is if you spent a ton of time covering up that angry red pimple and it all of sudden pops up again.
We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore, so read on for our six beauty tips and tricks for applying concealer. While you’re here, take a look at the eight best concealers for eye bags.
1. Find the right shade.
The rule that your concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation is true, but it’s more than that. Color matching and understanding your undertones prevents that ashy, grey color that sometimes happens after your concealer sets. Concealers come in a range of pink, yellow and orange tones, and it’s important for you to figure out which ones work best with your skin. Brands such as Fenty Beauty and IT Cosmetics have some of the largest ranges of concealers out there so make sure to go test out the shades in-person and don’t be afraid to ask retail staff to help you swatch.
2. Use different concealers for different purposes.
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My @lagirlcosmetics concealer collection! I have loved the concealer in Porcelain for a while now but recently I have been branching out and trying some color correctors! The top one is a highlight, it is white with a little bit of shimmer to it. Porcelain, again is one I use as my everyday concealer. The peach corrector is supposed to correct green and blue tones, I haven’t used this one a lot but i will be when my allergies start kicking in and my under eyes turn green haha. The light yellow corrector corrects purple and blue shades, which is what I usually have under my eyes. Ive used this a few times and I love it. It’s been working fantastic. The green, as most know, counteracts red. I use this around my nose and on my cheeks a lot. The bottom one is Chestnut, i want to try to start using this as a cream contour. I haven’t been quite adventurous enough yet to use it but i will soon!! Do you have any of these or any other color correctors that you use a lot? . . . #clumsy_girl_makeup #clumsygirl22290 #lovethisphot0 #beautymakeupcrew #makeupchickadees #lagirlcosmetics #lagirl #lagirlconcealer #proconceal #colorcorrector #concealer #concealercollection #lagirlproconceal #colorcorrector #colorcorrection #drugstore #drugstoreconcealer #drugstorecolorcorrector #peachcorrector #greencorrector #lightyellowcorrector #beautyinfluencer #beautyinstagram #concealerswatches #creamcontour #concealerswatch
Unfortunately, concealer is not a one-size-fits-all product. For under eyes, look for pink or peach-toned concealers. If you’re looking to even out skin tones, usually yellow hues work best. Green color correctors are key for getting rid of redness. Brands such as Urban Decay and Smashbox have color correcting products for all your needs.
3. Coverage and texture matter.
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2019 = The year for concealer ?? We did some swatches last night of @fentybeauty and gave a couple comparisons up in our stories. We will have a blog post with more swatches coming soon. We@want to really test the concealer before the post. What is your go to concealer? Do you like that bright under eye or do you like it to blend in with your skin? We love when it blends in with the skin because most days we just use concealer. . . . #concealer #concealertutorial #concealer #fentybeauty #urbandecay #concealerswatches #toofaced #comparisonswatches #maccosmetics #macstudiofix #colourpopme #colourpopconcealer #narsconcealer #narsradiantcreamyconcealer #makeuprevolutionconcealer #drugstoremakeup #nyx #maybellinefitme #drugstoreconcealer #bareminerals #baremineralsfoundation #byebyeundereyes #thegoodandgreat
Concealers from in a range from sheer to full coverage, and a lot of it comes down to preference, but it’s also important to know when to use which products. A thick concealer can emphasize lines instead of hiding them and a thin one might not give you enough coverage. Look for light and buildable concealers such as NARS‘ cult-favorite Radiant Creamy Concealer for under eyes, and rich and creamy concealers such as bareMinerals‘ BAREPRO® 16-Hr Full Coverage Concealer for red spots that need more hold.
4. Powder according to your skin type.
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Battle of the powders! Decided to try new powders to compare to my fav rimmel stay matte and here’s my final thoughts! ?The MAC studio perfect powder was just a tad too matte and heavy considering how the SA said its targetted for dry skin. It did look cakey on top of foundation despite me putting only the tiniest bit. It also cracked and separated around my chin and cheeks which dint look good after the 5 hour mark. I tried using it alone with just concealer and it was slightly better so i might reach for this on concealer only days! ?The Laura Mercier needs no introduction! This powder is a literal god sent. I bake this under my eyes and It keeps the concealer under my eyes intact and smudge proof despite my constant rubbing. I have yet to try this all over my face but I’ll update if I do! ?The rimmel in my opinion balances glowy and matte so perfectly. It sets your make-up so nicely without making your face look super flat. And the fact that it doesnt give you weird lines and cracks on your face is a plus for me! This is probably my 6th pan ? The verdict? I have yet to find my new powder holy grail for my whole face so rimmel will have to do but the LM is my new fav for under the eyes! #lauramercier #rimmelstaymatte #loosesettingpowder #maccosmetics #makeup #settingpowders
Setting powder is essential to making concealer stay on all day, but make sure to pay attention to what your skin is telling you. For oily skin, setting powder is a must, but for dry skin, it has the potential to look cakey or dry. If you’re covering a pimple, that fresh acne slickness needs powder to keep it at bay, but if you’ve been treating it with drying skincare products or it’s getting to the flakey stage, skip the powdering step. Heavy-duty powder such as Laura Mercier‘s Translucent Loose Setting Powder is perfect for oil-absorbing needs, but the eye area is delicate so look for something lighter that won’t set into eye lines, such as BECCA Cosmetics‘ Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder.
5. Cover the entire undereye area.
When applying concealer to the eye area, don’t just cover the spots right under your eyes but extend it lower. You’ve probably seen people draw a triangle under their eyes when applying concealer and this is to create the effect that your entire face is lifted. Also, apply concealer after your foundation and if you choose to use color corrector, apply it before your foundation. If you’re a minimalist, go for a dual concealer and foundation combo from RMS Beauty.
6. Use green correcter and a brush when covering up pimples.
To cover up those glaring, protruding zits, start with a green corrector. After, use a makeup brush to press on the concealer. Makeup brushes are more precise and will blend the product perfectly without leaving that halo of makeup you sometimes get when you use your fingers or the makeup applicator that comes with your concealer. Go for cruelty-free brushes such as Hourglass Cosmetics‘ medium-sized concealer brush.