Make dark circles and blemishes disappear like a pro
Concealer is a must-have beauty product that ensures a flawless finish to your make-up look. Whether you want to dark spots to disappear, disguise dark circles or banish blemishes, it’s a girl’s hardest working beauty buy, and can turn a flat complexion into glowing and radiant if applied correctly.
However, some of us are doing it wrong. Most women typically apply it after foundation, but that just means most of the concealer gets blended away. And without a good moisturiser and primer, heavily pigmented concealer will just settle into fine lines or wrinkles.
Read on for our tips on how to apply concealer like a boss.
Which concealer do you prefer?
Concealers come in just two formulas; liquid and cream. Liquid formulas such as MAC Pro Longwear work better for dry skin, or creamy ones such Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit which are better suited to oily skin. Once you’ve decided which type of concealer you need, next consider what you want to target.
If you’re planning to cover up dark circles, use a colour-correcting pink or peach-toned concealer before using a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation, with a yellow undertone to brighten the area. For those pesky spots that suddenly appear just before a big event, choose a green-toned concealer to cover redness.
Apply after foundation not before
After first applying a good moisturiser such as Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser to plump up the outer layers of the skin, then apply a primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer or Becca Backlight Priming Perfector. Applying a primer will stop the concealer from collecting in fine lines or wrinkles. Now for the science; the key to getting a great look is to apply your concealer before layering on foundation. Bobbi Brown herself even suggests using concealer first may mean you don’t even need foundation.
Check your technique
The most flattering way to apply concealer is to draw a triangle shape, starting with the base under your eye and the point facing down your cheek. This technique targets and conceals dark circles, and also lifts your face by drawing focus up the face with the illuminating properties of your concealer.
Pat concealer on gently using a brush or blogger favourite, the BeautyBlender sponge. Its elliptical shape fits into hard-to-reach areas, giving a streak-free, flawless finish.
Tackle spots properly
To conceal blemishes, first apply a green toned concealer with a clean make-up brush, avoiding the skin around your pimple, to prevent bacteria from spreading. Then, use a disposable cotton swab to dab on a high-coverage liquid concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener comes in 10 shades, or try Smashbox’s High Definition Liquid Concealer.
Finish with a setting powder, such as Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder or Iman Semi-Loose Powder for darker skin tones. Use a small brush to dip into the powder, tap off the excess and apply to set your radiant look.