Concealer is probably the cheekiest, most misunderstood makeup product. It creases under the eyes, cakes up around the nose area, and occasionally enjoys giving everyone reverse panda eyes for the fun of it. You probably know exactly what I’m talking about; the struggle is real! But thanks to many unsung makeup heroes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.Okay that was a dramatic intro but honestly, who wears makeup and hasn’t had some seriously passionate feelings about concealer at least once? In this article, I share with you all the tricks I have learned over time.
#1 Know the Concealer Basics
Concealer is used to cover dark circles, blemishes and spots, although it can be used for many other purposes such as contouring and highlighting, priming, and much more.
Choosing the right concealer is crucial. This entails considering texture, coverage, colour and undertones, in addition to environment, purpose, formula and adequacy for skin types. Needless to say, it’s a lot to take into account, which is probably why it’s so hard for many people to find their “holy grail” concealer.
Working with concealer is a matter of patience. Even the best concealers on the market have a flaw or two, as they often work differently on different people. It therefore requires a tad more attention to learn how a product works, how to get the best out of it, what to do and what not to with it.
#2 Finding your Holy Grail Concealer
To get the best colour match that will allow you to properly conceal your areas of concern, most makeup artists I’ve researched recommend matching your natural skin tone. This makes sense assuming a product has the right coverage, as it helps to unify skin tone in the most natural way.
Mind the texture of the concealer. A thicker texture, such as stick or a compact concealer will usually offer a higher coverage, although there are many liquid options with maximum coverage. The flip side is that most people have wrinkles especially in the inner eye corner areas, and many will complain of dehydrated, dry or oily underye areas.
Your skin type determines the texture. Creamier formulas such as liquid textures are usually recommended for dry undereyes, while thick concealers such as those that come in a compact or a stick are recommended for oily undereyes.
#3 How to Train a Concealer
A good concealer that offers the right coverage, doesn’t emphasize skin texture and stays all day is still not a perfect one. But you can easily train it to do better for you.
Eye cream is a good habit to keep for everyone, and using the right eye cream is a recommended step to prime your eyes for concealer.
Starting small is a good strategy to avoid product build up which can lead to creasing and caking. The best application method is dabbing small amounts and focusing only on areas that need to be matched to the rest of the face.
Application tools are a matter of texture. While using your fingers will warm the product and help it adhere better to the skin, using a Beauty Blender or a makeup sponge will give a more blurred finish. If you choose to use a brush, keep in mind that natural fibers will soak up liquid products, while synthetic brushes tends to leave streak marks on thick, sticky and less viscous textures.
Last but not least, setting concealer will help prolong its wear, so it is recommended to use a setting powder after applying concealer. While finding the right powder can be difficult for many people (article coming up!), a good trick is to use less powder if you have dry undereyes, and more if you have oily undereyes.
That’s it for this article! Thank you for reading, I hope you found it enjoyable and helpful in some way 🙂 let me know down in the comments what your favorite concealer is, maybe I’ll give it a try! 🙂
The Foundry Girl.