Concealer Tips And Tricks

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Want never to hear "you look tired" again? Follow these unbreakable rules for brightening eyes, covering dark circles, and hiding pimples. 

Different Colored Concealers?

Break out the color wheel before you start applying. Yellow-tone concealers, neutralize bluish undereye circles. Use one with a peachy base, like Bobbi Brown Corrector, for brown or yellowish circles. To cover redness, choose a concealer that matches your skin exactly.

Don't Forget To Prep Skin

If you're starting to get fine lines around your eyes, plump them and provide a smooth base for your concealer by using your ring finger to pat moisturizer all around the eyes including the lids. Even if you haven't got fine lines, it's still good to prep before hand. Give it a few minutes to sink in though otherwise the concealer will slide right off.

Consistency Is Key

Now that you've got your perfect shade, it's time for working out where you need your concealer and what consistency it has to be.
If you're covering dark circles; The skin around the eyes tends to be delicate and dry, so creamy, hydrating concealers, are best. 
On the inner corners; sheer liquids with light-reflecting particles, like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, add a touch of brightness. 
With redness and zits, you want to steer clear of things like Touche Eclat and opt for a pigment-rich, opaque formula. This will neutralize flare-ups in just one or two (not 10) thin layers. 

Two Separate Shades?!

Unless you live at the office and never see the light of day, your complexion isn't the same all year long. Buy one concealer to match your skin in the summer and another for the winter. Then you can blend the two for your in-between shades the rest of the year, easy!

Always Apply In Natural Light

Blame bad lighting for every concealer mishap you have had in your lifetime. The best place to do it is near a sun-drenched window, where natural light can reveal how your concealer is really performing.

Want To Cover A Tattoo?

To cover blue ink, which is the toughest to conceal use an orange base, like Ben Nye Mellow Orange, then sponge on two to three thin layers of flesh-tone concealer. Once the tattoo is no longer visible, set it with translucent powder to prevent caking, then dust on highlighter or spritz with a Facial Spray to demattify skin. 

Don't Over-Do It

Using your fingers to load on concealer leads to creasing and caking as your fingers can pick up too much product. Instead, use a synthetic concealer brush, to place three tiny dots of the stuff under the eyes from the inner corners to the outer part. Then you can use your clean fingertips to gently pat in the color and blend. 

Be Extra Careful When Covering Blemishes

The only thing worse than a visible blemish is one that's badly camouflaged. Use a small, pointy brush to dot a concealer that matches your skin directly on the blemish. Then, with tiny strokes, sweep the brush around the base, that's how you blend precisely and without bacteria. (No fingers allowed.)

Never Skip Loose Powder

Pressed powder can draw attention to fine lines by settling into creases, so choose a lightweight, loose translucent powder, like Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, to set it all. You won't notice the powder, only an absence of shine.

And that's some basic tips to consider when using concealer, hope it helps!

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