The ’80s notion that a lighter concealer color under your eyes will cover your dark circles just make you look even more ashy and sallow. Click here for a comprehensive guide to concealer colors.When the concealer is wrong, the rest of your makeup may most likely fail altogether. Know if you’re doing your concealing right.
1. You’re using the wrong type. Know your skin type and use the kind of concealer appropriate for it—liquids for dry skin and cream to sticks for those who have oily skin.
2. You’re using it for the wrong part of your face. Understand your concealing needs before you pick your concealer. Dark undereyes? Stick to the peachy tones to cover those up. Scars on your face? Then a yellowish shade with do the trick. Red marks? A lighter yellow or green concealer under a skin-tone combo is what you need.
3. You’re using the wrong color. Peach, green, and yellow concealers are used for areas of the face previously mentioned. How about the pinkish or purple ones? Those are correctives (green is actually a corrective), which are more complicated than you think. Make your life simpler and stick to your skintone. If it disappears, that’s good for you.
4. You’re not using the right tools. Avoid using soft brushes when you conceal. The smaller the spot to cover, the smaller the brush you need. A sponge or your finger (particularly the ring finger which applies the least amount of pressure) applied in a patting motion is the best way to conceal.
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5. You’re blending it incorrectly. As you pat the product on the area you need to cover, blend the edges out onto your skin instead of buffing the product in place which actually either moves the product around instead of covering the spot you need to cover or it just goes back to your applicator. The same principle applies when appling your liquid foundation first before concealer when doing a full face. I, for one, just use concealer for everyday makeup and skip the foundation. But when I do choose to wear a bit of tinted moisturizer, the latter goes first. When I do professional airbrush makeup on clients, concealer goes on first, too.
6. You’re putting on too much. Too much product on wrinkly, dehydrated areas of your face will only tend to move around despite setting it with powder and feel too heavy for your skin to handle. Keep your touch and amount of product light, look at yourself in the mirror from a wider point of view, and know when enough is enough.