Have you ever wanted to learn pro concealer techniques for flawless coverage? The thing about concealer is that it is the most important product of your makeup routine. If you use a concealer properly, it can be a total game-changer. But one wrong mistake can make the makeup look terrible. Many of us are bewildered by the use of concealers in the picture. We have some major beauty techniques to share with you, ranging from whether you should use a concealer before or after foundation to selecting a formula that works for you. These are helpful ideas to help you choose the perfect way to use a concealer and clarify any confusion on all-things-concealer.
How To Choose A Concealer Formula?
Let’s start with the basics. Choosing a concealer is mainly depends on what works best on your skin type and concerns. So, before you go out and buy a concealer, make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for.
1. Liquid Concealer
- Perfect for oily, combination, sensitive, and acne-prone skin
- Coverage can be buildable, varying from light to full
- Finishes available include dewy, satin, radiant shimmer, and matte.
Because it offers buildable coverage and is suitable for all skin types except very dry, liquid concealer is the most versatile form of concealer. This concealer is also easy to use. Liquid concealer is preferred for covering pimples. This is because it is less prone to cake up and has little to no risk of clogging pores, as a creamier concealer may do.
It’s also good for use on wrinkled areas because of its thin texture. This makes it less likely to crease during the day, though some slippage into lines is always possible. Liquid concealers with a matte finish last longer than those with a satin finish and are less likely to migrate through the day.
A satin-finish liquid concealer moves more. But it can give a more natural appearance, particularly over dry areas. Use a liquid concealer with a radiant shimmer finish under the eyes because it offers coverage and gives the region a subtle glow. However, rather than an overt, dazzling shine, it should be a soft glow.
2. Stick concealer
- Stick concealer is perfect for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types.
- Coverage is buildable, varying from medium to full coverage.
- Satin and powdery matte finishes are available.
Stick concealer is aptly named for its semi-solid texture, which is also richly pigmented and has a thick, creamy texture. This concealer can be dotted or swiped over in a line of color until being blended. Blend the product with a clean finger or a small concealer brush in a stippling motion, feathering the edges onto the surrounding skin.
The ingredients used to hold these concealers in stick form have a high risk of clogging pores. This makes them a less-than-ideal option for people with oily or combination skin.
3. Cream Concealer
- Perfect for normal, dry, combination, or sensitive skin.
- Coverage is buildable, varying from medium to full coverage.
- Satin and creamy finishes are available.
Cream concealer offers medium to maximum coverage. This concealer is usually sold in a small pot, palette, or compact. Cream concealer is one of the better concealer choices for covering discolorations and works well under the eyes.
Cream concealers have more slip and can be applied with a clean finger, sponge, or a thin concealer brush in a stippling motion. Those with a notably creamier finish are more prone to creasing into lines and wrinkles and should be set with loose or pressed powder until blended.
How to use concealer?
The application techniques are generally the same regardless of the kind of concealer you’re using. Preparing your face with moisturizer (use a light layer, so makeup doesn’t slip and slide off your face) or a foundation primer is important for almost any skin type.
- If you have normal to oily skin, go for a lightweight liquid or fluid moisturizer with a soft matte finish to give you the best results.
- Some people believe it is best to apply concealer first and then their foundation, while others believe the opposite achieves optimal results. Except for powder foundation, this is a personal choice, and there is no absolute right or wrong way.
- Through a clean finger, brush, or sponge, dab the concealer over discolorations, dark spots, or skin imperfections and slowly blend out until there are no visible lines of demarcation between the concealer and the skin or foundation.
- Over powder foundation, liquid concealer, cream, or cream-to-powder should not be used because it can induce clumping and a mottled look. If you’re using powder foundation, apply concealer first, let it set, and then apply the foundation.
- Finish with a light dusting of loose or pressed powder to set the concealer. A matte-finish concealer does not need to be set with powder because it can look or feel too dry. But you can experiment to see how the matte-finish concealer looks and lasts with and without powder.
- When applying concealer to the undereye area, use one with a radiant finish or add a luminescent highlighter on top for a light-reflective finish that further conceals shadowed areas.
Concealer Hacks That Will Instantly Change The Makeup Game
These easy tips will help you achieve a flawless base and will completely transform your beauty routine. You only need one item: concealer!
Apply Concealer In Natural Light
Bad lighting is responsible for those days when you felt your concealer matched your skin, but it actually didn’t. The best place to apply concealer is near a sunny window, where natural light will show how well your concealer is performing.
Triangle Concealer Trick
Instead of dotting and swiping concealer around your eyes, draw a triangle with your concealer and blend it out with a thin concealer brush or a makeup sponge. This will help to completely cover the area while also gives the appearance that the face is lifted.
Concealer On Your Eyelids
If you don’t want to spend money on eyeshadow primers, dab some concealer on your eyelids to prevent the shadow from falling off or settling into creases. A concealer can do just as well as an eyeshadow primer.
Concealer For Trouble Spots On Your Body
A pimple on your back or chest can be easily concealed with a small amount of concealer that matches your skin tone. To prevent it from disappearing, apply a layer of translucent powder on top.
Make Your Lipstick Pop
We like wearing lipstick. And we’ve found that lining the outside of the lips with a fine tip brush and some concealer prevents the color from bleeding. This will also help to shape your lips and make them look poutier than ever.
Contouring And Highlighting With Concealer
You can contour and highlight your face with concealers that are two shades darker than your skin and two shades lighter than your skin to further up your makeup game. A pencil concealer will give you more control over the placement. Use the darker concealer to shade naturally shaded areas and the lighter concealer to highlight naturally light-catching areas.
Blot With A Tissue
Have you noticed that your concealer is being cakey in the lines around your eyes? Take a tissue, split it into two layers, and gently blot the excess makeup. You’ll be surprised by how effective this one easy step works!
Highlight Your Eyebrows
To highlight your brows, use a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone. This will give you an instant brow lift that will draw attention to your eyes!
The Bottom Line
Now that you understand what a beautiful and multi-purpose makeup tool a concealer really is, it’s time to try some of these techniques. You may not get it right the first attempt, but remember that practice and patience are key!