A few simple tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your concealer. Image via Adobe Stock.
For makeup wearers, concealer is a staple item in your makeup kit. Concealer can not only be used to conceal things but actually has a wide array of uses. It truly is a multi-purpose product and if you know how to use it properly, it can transform a makeup look. We have put together some tips and tricks for using concealer, so you can get the most out of this wonder product.
Choosing the correct concealer formula
First of all, you need to pick a concealer product that has a good formula. We usually opt for a lightweight formula with a full coverage. That way you will get the most out of it for coverage, but due to its lightweight formula, it won’t crease or slide around on your face too much.
Using the right tools
Once you have chosen your concealer you need to pick the right tool to apply it with, and there are many different options. Some people like to use a damp beauty sponge to apply concealer, especially under the eyes. This usually gives a fuller coverage effect. Others like to use a small buffing brush, this can help your concealer get into tighter spots and will help to buff the concealer into the skin so it doesn’t set too heavy and fall into creases. Finally, warming a concealer up and using your fingers to dab and blend is also a perfectly acceptable method of applying concealer.
How to cover dark circles
Dark under-eye circles are a common gripe and concealer is the perfect way to cover them up. There are a few ways you can cover these circles up using concealer – two of the most popular methods are:
1- Applying concealer in an upside-down triangle shape under your eyes, connecting the inner and outer corners of your eyes, with the bottom of your nose. This will give a full coverage, but also will look a little more natural.
2- Another good method is to dab the product in the inner corners of your eye and around the orbit of the eye. Let it sit and dry out a little – this ensures the intensity of the product will fix to areas that need the most coverage. When the product has dried, gently pat and blend with your tool of choice.
How to brighten your eyes
Dabbing a small amount of a lighter coloured concealer into the corners of your eyes can have the same effect as adding shimmer to the corners of your eyes. The lighter colour will brighten your eyes and make you look more awake.
How to create definition around the lips
You can easily add some natural-looking definition around the lips by buffing concealer over the edge of your lips, then using a pointed tip cotton bud dipped in makeup remover you can carve out a sharp lip line, avoiding the need for lip liner.
Use your concealer to sharpen winged eyeliner
Winged eyeliner can be a tricky technique to perfect, but using a concealer can help. Simply pop some high coverage concealer onto a brush and sweep the bottom of your wings to clean up and shaky looking lines.
To cover blemishes, we recommend applying your foundation first then dabbing a small amount of concealer over the top of blemishes and buffing it in with a buffing brush. You can even use a green colour correcting concealer to neutralise the red colour of the blemish.
How to set your concealer
Finally, once you have completed your full makeup look, you can set your concealer with a very fine, translucent powder to keep your concealer in place.