So, you’ve applied your foundation and you know the next step should be your concealer, but you’re not really sure what to do.
Where should it go? What color should you use? How much should you apply?
Don’t worry, this post will cover all that and get you on your way to getting flawless skin with the help of your concealer! :]
Why use concealer?
The benefit of using concealer is that it will cover up those stubborn spots that our foundation just can’t cover like pimples and dark under eye circles.
Where should you apply concealer?
Concealer is not meant to be used like foundation. You should not apply it all over your face. You’ll always want to apply it after your foundation to the areas that your foundation was unable to cover.
The main areas where concealer is applied are:
- Under eye area - to conceal dark circles or puffiness
- Around nostrils and/or corners of the mouth
- Pimples, dark spots, or any skin discoloration
You can also apply concealer to your forehead, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, and chin to act as a highlight. I’ve done a post on that if you’re interested to learn more about highlighting.
What color concealer should I use?
That all depends on where you’re wanting to conceal. Not all types of areas will get the same concealer. If you want to conceal under your eyes, I suggest getting a concealer that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin tone to help brighten up the area. If you’re applying concealer to other areas, it should be the same color as your skin tone.
However, say your have dark circles under your eyes or redness in your skin or hyper-pigmentation. You going to need to do some color correcting with your concealer.
What the heck is color correction and how do I do it?
Color correction is something that a lot of us skip, mainly because we don’t really understand how it works. It’s really just about color theory. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this, we’re going to go back to school for a sec :]
Take a look at this color wheel:
Let’s take red for an example. The color opposite to it is green. If you have redness underneath your eyes, you’re going to want to use a green based concealer to help cancel out the red.
So, how it will work is whatever color you’re try to conceal, use the color opposite to it on the color wheel to cancel it out on your face. Another example, if have darker under eye circles which tend to be bluish, you’ll want to use a peachy/orange to cancel out the blue undertones of the dark circle.
Once you’ve color corrected, you can go over with your regular concealer so that it will match the rest of your skin tone.
Picking the right concealer:
This is going to depend on a few different things. You need to decide what type of coverage you want, i.e. sheet, light, medium, or full. You also need to keep in mind your skin tone and undertones. You’ll want to make sure you use one that’s suitable for your skin type as well.
How to apply concealer:
I apply the concealer with my hands and a brush. I use my finger to apply it first. That way it warms up the product a bit. Take your ring finger and press the product onto your skin. Make sure you don’t rub it around, you could disturb the foundation that you’ve applied on underneath of it.
Next, once you’ve applied the foundation with your finger, take a brush, I like to use a crease brush, something dense, yet soft, to blend out any harsh edges.
Make sure your apply in layers. Put on a sheer layer and then build up the coverage as necessary.
One last thing:
If you’re using a liquid/cream based concealer, make sure you set it with a powder. Doing this will help it to stay put. Liquid/cream products have a tendancy to slide around on the face a bit, so the more you do to keep them in place, the better.
Alright, I think I get concealer a bit more…but which ones should I use?
These are all concealers I’ve tried and liked, there are plenty others out there that are fabulous as well, I just haven’t tried them yet :]
NYX Concealer Jar
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
L’Oreal True Match Concealer
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Welp, that’s it. Hope that helps!
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