As someone who has struggled with bad skin for most of her life, concealer has a special place in my makeup bag heart. It’s something I use on the daily, and in all honesty, allows me to feel more confident when I step out the door.
However, it’s important to find the right concealer for your skin type. I remember trying out different ones when I was younger and some of them made my skin look worse than it already was. Having oily skin, there are only certain types of concealers that will work, and I was always trying to find something that covered up my blemishes and didn’t enhance my teenage pimples.
Plus, there are certain concealer techniques and tricks that will make your skin look more flawless. For instance, should you apply concealer before or after your foundation? Are you using the triangle trick? And do you know the deal with green concealer? These are all questions that you’ll find the answer to here, plus many, many more!
Like any makeup product, figuring out concealer is a learning curve, but there are certain foolproof tips that will leave you with a gorgeous face! And not only does it cover up blemishes, there are a number of ways to add more life and vibrancy to your skin. Check out our 10 best concealer tips below!
1. Use concealer after foundation
I just learned this tip a few months ago and it has been life changing (in terms of time and money!). Apply your go-to foundation all over your skin and then apply a concealer such as the Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer. I used to always apply concealer first and then cover it up with foundation, but this way works so much better! Since the foundation has already covered many of the problem areas, you just have to use concealer on the really dark spots, and you won’t have to use as much. Genius!
2. Layer it
Instead of clumping a ton of concealer on your blemish in hopes of covering it, try layering it instead. Dab some concealer on the area you want to cover, let it dry and then layer on a bit more. Continue until the blemish has disappeared. It may take some time, but it will work much better than trying to cover it all at once. You can even use a setting powder like the Sacha Buttercup Powder between layers so it won’t rub off as easily.
3. The triangle trick
In order to conceal under eye bags, many people apply concealer in the moon-shape of the under eye circle. Instead, draw an upside down triangle, with the base of the triangle under your eye and the tip of the triangle reaching just below the tip of your nose. Fill it in with a few swipes of concealer and it will make your face look brighter and more lifted. This technique works best with a wand brush, found in a product like the CoverGirl Invisible Concealer.
4. Moisturize under, powder over
In order to get the most out of your concealer, use other products in the process. Prep your skin with moisturizer (My go to is the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel by Clinique) so the concealer can go on smoothly. Whenever I forget to moisturize before putting on concealer, it goes usually goes on flakey or starts to crease, and I have to wash it off and start again. Then, set it with powder so it doesn’t wear off!
5. Use a concealer brush
Instead of using your fingers, which are likely carrying bacteria, use a clean concealer brush like the Sigma Beauty Concealer Brush to apply your concealer. This will result in cleaner pores and conceal your pimples more effectively. Just make sure you are cleaning your makeup brushes on the daily to lessen the buildup of germs and bacteria.
6. Get the right temperature
Concealer will go on best if it is the same temperature as your skin. If you have trouble with smooth application, warm your concealer with your finger tip before applying it to your face. The difference is magical!
7. Cover redness with green concealer
Use a green concealer such as the NYX Cosmetics Concealer in Green to cover up redness. The green color corrects redness from rosacea, pimples and acne scars by neutralizing it. Make sure to use the layering technique and don’t try to cover the area with concealer all at once. Blend it into your skin and cover it with a concealer that matches your skin tone and then a powder.
8. Go one shade lighter
For the most flawless results, use a shade of concealer that is one shade lighter than the foundation you use. But make sure not to go too light, or it can make your makeup cake and look artificial. If you’re trying to cover red or dark spots on your face, using a lighter shade will even out those tones for a smooth finish.
9. Use it as a lipstick liner
Concealer isn’t just good for covering up blemishes and under eye bags, it also works great for helping your lipstick stay in place. Apply concealer right around your lip line and blend it in with your finger tip. It will give you a clean lip line, make your lips look fuller and keep your lipstick in place!
10. Use it as an eyeshadow base
With so many makeup products on the market, it can get overwhelming, especially for your bank account! Make your concealer do double duty by using it as an eyeshadow base as well. The last thing you want is for your eyeshadow to settle into creases or flake off, so using a base is important. A dab of concealer such as the NARS Creamy Concealer will do the trick!
These 10 concealer tips will take you from frustrated to flawless in minutes! Whether you need to cover up a blemish, plump up your lips, or need a primer for your eye shadow, concealer is here to save the day.
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