You can thank concealer for covering up those dreaded blemishes, dark circles and mask the appearance of under eye bags. You can also use it in different techniques to highlight and jazz up your best facial features. Some may not realize the way you apply concealer can aid tremendously in your overall look. There are many different ways and makeup hacks that can make the process easier and more effective.
Foundation and Moisturizer First
Upon starting your makeup, you will need to apply the foundation first. If you apply concealer first, you run the risk of wiping it all off or blending it in the wrong areas when you put the foundation on. This also goes for moisturizers, that which can be mixed in liquid or cream foundations or underneath of a powder foundation for a pressed, beautiful matte finish. It is very important to apply moisturizer when using concealer, it serves as a good setting and holds it onto the face for longer. You will have a lasting look that is sure to please!
Common Application Error
When most people apply concealer, they use a half moon circular motion underneath the eye and then rub. This is an absolute makeup application faux-pas. When applying it, you will want to use a downward triangular motion. It is suggested that a small bristle brush, something light, be used to blend in lines underneath of the eye to completely cover the area and to provide to dimension. It conceals dark circles and instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted.
Eye Shadow Primer
Concealer also works as an excellent eye shadow primer, so apply some against the eye lid. Upon grooming your eyebrows, after filling them in or trimming them, you can also apply concealer against the angle of your brow with an angled brush and underneath to give it some beautiful shape.
Green Concealer For Blemishes
When concealing a blemish, cover the area with a green concealer before using a concealer that matches your skin tone. The green concealer will cancel out the redness of the blemish, and then the skin tone shade will be more effective in disappearing it.
Foundation As Concealer
If at any time you do not have a concealer, apply a small amount of foundation and allow three to five minutes for it to set and lightly blend it out. Do not blend too soon or it will rub off and leave you with very little coverage.
Concealer As Lip Liner
You can also line the outside of your lips with concealer to make the lips pop and keep your lipstick or lipgloss from bleeding onto the surrounding areas. You can also apply concealer in the top and middle middle of your mouth to create the illusion of more plump lips. Blend it out with your fingertip and add a nude lip gloss for a perfect finish.
Peach Shades For Under-Eye
Pink or peach toned concealer is perfect for hiding blue under-eye circles. Apply the concealer with your ring finger, which is your weakest finger, to get the perfect pressure that doesn't pull at the delicate under-eye skin.
Yellow Concealer For Evening
A yellow shade of concealer will give you the perfect evening skin tone. The shade will give your skin a nice glow that really comes out after the sun sets.
Blot With A Tissue
If you've noticed your concealer getting cakey in the lines around your eyes, then you need to blot. Split a tissue into two layers and use one to lightly blot the excess makeup.
Make Eyebrows Pop
Concealer can also be used to highlight your eyebrows. Apply a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone above and below your eyebrows. Blend it with your finger.
Your Contouring Tones
Contouring has become a popular and very effective means of applying makeup. For contouring, you should use one concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone and one that is two shades darker. Draw the lighter shade onto areas that naturally catch light and the darker shade onto areas that are naturally shaded.
To Hide Puffy Eyes
No one needs to know you had a late night. Mix concealer, eye cream, and highlighter on the back of your hand. Apply the mixture under your eye and around the inner corner of the eye to brighten the area and hide the puff.
Sharpen Your Cat Eye
There's an art to getting the perfect winged eyeliner, and we all know sometimes it just doesn't work out. Dip an angled brush in concealer and use it to cover any mistakes. It's much easier and faster than starting over.
DIY Tinted Moisturizer
Create your own tinted moisturizer with products you already have. Mix your daily face lotion with concealer and a dab of foundation. Apply and fall in love with your new hydrated look.
If you have a blemish on your chest cover it with concealer that matched your skin tone exactly. Then top it with translucent powder. Continue to apply concealer then powder until the blemish is covered.