Nobody's perfect, of course, but choosing and using the right concealer can allow you to effectively hide your facial imperfections from the world. However, if you don't know how to use concealer, or how to pick the right one, you may actually be drawing attention to the very things you want to hide from the world.
This guide will show you how to pick concealer and then how to apply it properly. Following LaLa Daisy's concealer commandments can help your blemishes, fine lines, and dark eye circles seem to disappear, allowing you present your best possible face to the world.
Applying concealer correctly won't be much help if you've chosen a product that's not wrong for your face. When it comes to choosing the best concealer, there are a number of factors that come into play.
You should avoid stick concealers or concealers with a creamy consistency if you have oily skin, as these products can add shine and clog up your pores. Conversely, you should avoid a liquid concealer if your skin is dry, because the liquid will only emphasize the dryness.
The type of concealer(s) you choose depend partly on what sorts of problems you're trying to cover up. If you're trying to conceal redness or pimples, particularly on uneven skin, choose a matte finish that won't reflect light and draw attention to the imperfection. On the other hand, you can neutralize dark under-eye circles for a more rested, dewy look with a creamy formulation that reflects light.
This again depends partly on where you want to use the concealer. Match your skin tone as closely as you can to cover up pimples, blemishes, or redness. For dark circles under the eyes, choose a concealer that's one to two shades lighter than your skin tone, but no more than that or you'll wind up with a noticeable white halo around the eyes. Some makeup manufacturers offer concealer in a convenient two-tone palette.
If you spend time outdoors in the summer, your skin may take on a sun-kissed hue that you may lose during the winter. Choose a lighter shade of concealer for the colder months and a darker shade for the warmer months, mixing the two together during the transitional seasons of spring and fall. Think about choosing a multi-tone palette to ensure you're prepared for any condition.
If your concealer helps to eliminate problem areas in addition to covering them up, so much the better! A moisturizing concealer helps to heal red spots and pimples, while a concealer with natural hydrating ingredients can promote skin elasticity and smoothness.
Once you've chosen the right concealer, you need to learn how to apply it correctly to get the full benefits and avoid an unnatural, clownish look that actually draws attention your imperfections.
No matter what kind of concealer you use, whether it's a liquid, a stick, or a cream concealer, a little goes a long way. In fact, concealers are specially concentrated so that you only need to use small amounts at a time.
If you use foundation, apply it first and then add your concealer. You won't need to use as much concealer if you use the foundation beforehand.
Always apply makeup in natural light. Using artificial illumination can result in a look that appears fine in the bathroom but becomes grotesque under the unforgiving sun.
This is a particularly important step if you're trying to cover up fine lines and wrinkles. Your moisturizer helps to plump up these areas so that the concealer does not settle down into them and make them more prominent. To prevent makeup from sliding off the moisturizer, be sure to let it dry first.
This is especially important if you're trying to cover up pimples. Your fingers are often covered with germs that may make blemishes worse, and applying concealer with a brush helps to protect your skin from these germs. Other tools used to apply concealer include makeup sponges and cotton swabs.
Now that you have a good idea of what to do, and what not to do, when choosing and applying concealer, it's time to learn how to apply it step by step.