Concealer was probably one of the first makeup products that you used alongside glitter eyeshadows and bright pink lipstick. But, what if we told you that you’ve been applying your concealer wrong all these years?
A smidge of concealer in all the right places creates the fine line between ‘I woke up like this’ and ‘I was in a rush this morning’. Concealing blemishes, imperfections and the dark circles seems pretty straightforward, but is it all really that simple? Here’s our list of the mistakes that you’ve probably been making since day one!
- When concealing underneath eyes
It’s tempting to swipe conaler underneath the eyes where the darkness is visible. However, concealer should be taken down to the apple of your cheek, in a ‘V’ shape. This life-saving technique will lighten and brighten the centre of your complexion and instantly make you look more awake. Perfect!
- Get the right shade
For hiding under-eye dark circles, it’s essential to have the perfect colour for your skintone. For a more ‘awake’ look, these circles should be covered with concealer which is one-to-two shades lighter than your foundation. However, when covering pesky blemishes, it’s important to find a concealer that is similar to your foundation colour to completely hide it!
- Foundation first!
We’re going back to beauty basics here. Foundation is designed to even out skin tone, while concealer works to cover any imperfections or blemishes. With this in mind, apply foundation and then spot out any pesky blemishes showing through by covering them with concealer. It’s as easy at that!
- Use a brush
Whether you use a concealing stick, be sure to apply the concealer straight onto a brush and then apply to the blemish. Going straight over blemishes with a stick will potentially spread any nasty germs, creating an even bigger problem.. Don’t forget to clean brushes after use. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re breaking out, this may just be the answer
- Which formula?
It’s surprising to see just how many concealers there are on the market (and it’s not just a case of ‘one size fits all’). With creams, sticks, pencils and liquid concealers, it’s hard to know which one is best for you and your skin type.
For high coverage:
If you have problematic skin, be sure to use a cream concealer or a body stick. These products have a thick consistency that will work to cover all noticeable blemishes and imperfections.
For medium-to-high coverage:
If you suffer from random break-outs, a concealing pencil is the one for you! The consistency is thick with a semi-matte finish. Not only do these pencils cover the most prominent blemishes, they also work well for highlighting and contouring.
For medium coverage:
When you’re having one of those days where you wake up and just think ‘nope’, a liquid concealer will save the day. Perfect for covering dark under-eye circles, a liquid concealer evens out skin tone and is incredibly easy to blend.
For light coverage:
And finally, for those blessed with almost-perfect skin, (can you sense the jealousy coming from us) a liquid concealer will lighten and brighten under-eye circles. Easy peasy pie!