You’d be hard pressed to find a woman who doesn’t use concealer as a part of her daily beauty routine these days. What with the dark circles, blemishes and generally uneven skin tone that seems to take over our faces, concealer is one of the most important beauty products we use. But, just because we all use it doesn’t mean we’re using it properly.
From knowing whether to apply concealer before or after foundation to learning the difference between green, pink and yellow formulas, we’ve pulled together 10 things no one ever tells you about concealer so that you can have flawless, even skin tone easily. Read on!
1. Apply before foundation: There’s been a debate about whether to apply concealer before or after foundation, but we suggest applying beforehand. Getting problem areas (like blemishes or dark circles) evened up before applying foundation makes for a smoother end result.
2. What green concealer means: Green concealers neutralize red zones on your face, like blemishes or red spots. Use green concealer to better cover up acne, but don’t use green on darker parts of your face such as dark circles or spots.
3. What yellow concealer means: Yellow helps to even out skin tone overall, so use this on your face in areas that need equalizing. Yellow is the safest concealer color and works well for women who need basic concealing in general.
4. What pink concealer means: Like green concealer, pink works to neutralize the dark blue or purplish areas on your face, such as dark circles or spots. If you’ve got serious under eye circles or dark spots, pink concealer will help to cover up those areas.
5. Use it with loose powder: Especially under your eyes, loose powder over top of concealer helps to set it in place and goes one step further to even out skin tone. Simply use a translucent powder with a large, fluffy brush to sweep powder over the concealer.
6. Go one shade lighter: When choosing a concealer, go about one shade lighter than your foundation. If you’re applying concealer to dark or red areas, using one shade lighter than the rest of your makeup will help to even out those tones. Be wary not to go too much lighter (or darker) with the product, though, as it can be a dead giveaway that you’re wearing too much makeup.
7. Use it as a primer: Nothing helps your eyeshadow stay in place more than a great primer, especially if you’re planning a long night or you’ve got eyelids that are more on the oily side to begin with. Because of concealer’s consistency, it works as a smooth, slip-free base for your eyeshadow, plus it’ll help to make your shadow colors more vivid because it neutralizes your eyelid color first.
8. To keep it from looking caked on: First, go for a more lightweight concealer to prevent a caked on look. Make sure that you’re prepping your eye first with a gel or cream moisturizer, as dry skin underneath concealer can make it look packed on.
9. Use a sponge, and dot: For the most even distribution, apply concealer along the bottom of your eye in four or five small dots. Using a makeup sponge, gently blot the concealer into skin. Applying in dots will help with even, crease-free distribution of the concealer.
10. Use it to clean up excess makeup: Emma Watson’s makeup artist says to clean up stray mascara (or other makeup) by dipping a cotton swab in a bit of concealer, you’re cleaning up the area and covering it up at the same time. Genius!
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