You’d think we are joking but we hardly worry about dark circles, acne scars and blemishes. Well, that’s because we always have our trusted concealer to banish those woes. While following a skin care routine is of utmost importance to actually treating such skin problems, it is also necessary for us to know how to choose the right concealer and tips to using it so we don’t end up with a clown face. Here are some tips and tricks to using concealer the right way....
What are you targeting?
 

What are you targeting?

The sole purpose of buying a concealer is to ensure that it hides the darkness of your skin. So if you wish to conceal a dark spot, the solution lies in buying a concealer slightly darker than your skin tone. But if you generally wish to conceal light blemishes that aren’t too obvious and easily visible on your skin, you need a concealer that blends with your skin. Do a patch test on your wrist and see if it matches perfectly.

Do you know what comes first?
 

Do you know what comes first?

Many of us are confused about this one—we invariably apply the concealer before the foundation. This is when the concealer shifts and loses its sole purpose. So apply foundation first and then go in with covering what your foundation may not have covered. First foundation then concealer—that’s the rule.

What format are you looking for?
 

What format are you looking for?

There are many concealers in the market—you can go for a pencil, pen, pot or even a stick concealer. Our favourite is the stick format that helps us target dark spots easily. We suggest using the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Concealer Stick with SPF 20. This one comes in fair and medium shades that give you coverage along with protection from the sun. Now that’s what we’re looking for in a concealer, aren’t we?

Are you dabbing or rubbing?
 

Are you dabbing or rubbing?

When it comes to hiding blemishes and dark circles, we want a concealer that provides good coverage. If you want your concealer to give you the coverage you want, make sure you dab it gently on your dark circles or acne scars. Rubbing it will defeat the purpose of hiding or concealing the problems areas.

What texture are you looking for?
 

What texture are you looking for?

This one’s so important for the sake of your skin. Choose a concealer that works for your skin type—be it oily, dry or combination. While liquid concealers generally work to cover your problem areas along with adding that much-needed hydration to your skin, stick concealers work perfectly for all types of skin. So when shopping for one, know exactly what you’re looking for.

Are you using a sponge yet?
 

Are you using a sponge yet?

When it comes to applying concealer perfectly, make sure you rely on a sponge or a concealer brush to do the job for you. Just dab using these tools and you will see the seamless finish instantly. This will also help achieving a crease-free application of the concealer. But make sure you dab translucent powder or a compact once you’re through with the application!