Get rid of unseemly blemishes, sunspots, dark circles and signs of a sleepless night by using concealer. This 5 minute wonder can have you looking refreshed and perfect, but many of us don’t know how to choose the right color, so we end up looking pasty and unnatural or how to use it. These tips on how to apply concealer makeup will explain each step for the perfect application.
Picking and Choosing
When you leave the house to buy concealer don’t get all dolled up, you need to test it on your face not the back of your hand, this way you can find the perfect color. Don’t forget what you want to cover up because the shade you choose depends on it, for instance yellow and green tinted concealer counteracts red blemishes and dark spots. On the other hand, peach tints are better suited for use under the eyes and to conceal scars. Variations in consistency also matter; pencil concealer works wonders to cover pimples whereas for the sensitive skin under your eyes cream or liquid concealer is always better.
Prepare for Application
Once you have tested and bought a concealer that suits your complexion don’t make the mistake of applying it to your skin straight away. Begin by washing, cleansing and moisturizing your face gently, this way your skin is protected and your makeup looks natural as opposed to clumpy. As an added precaution wash your hands afterwards because any dirt on them could cause your skin to break out. It’s probably best to use your hands to apply concealer because brushes and sponges are difficult to clean and could still retain bacteria.
Eyes First, Acne Later
Taking your concealer, apply a few drops under and around your eyes and then use your finger to gently dab and blend it in starting from the inner corner of your eye and moving outwards. Keep doing this until it is perfectly blended with no obvious demarcating line between the concealer and your skin. The skin under your eyes is so delicate that if you rub rather than pat the concealer on, it’s going to stretch and leave you with wrinkles before your time, so please avoid doing this. Use the concealer on the sides of your nose as well, this makes you look less sleepy and more natural and go all the way up to your lower lash line otherwise you end up with an obvious gap.
Moving on to your marks and acne, take your stick of concealer and apply a thin layer over each blemish (so it doesn’t look caked on), then blend it outwards gently, add another layer only if it hasn’t been covered fully. For covering pimples it is better to use an applicator sponge, so that no bacteria spread to the rest of your face.
Once you have concealed every pesky spot lightly dust on translucent powder, this gives your face a matte finish and prevents the concealer from running all over the place during the course of the day. This step is probably best avoided for those of you who have very dry skin already.
After this it’s as easy as going about your regular makeup routine- blush, mascara, shadows and liners whatever you’re used to. If you follow these steps on how to apply concealer makeup you will be set for the day and you won’t have to worry about touch ups or patches appearing, so go ahead and give it a try.