Whether or not you are a makeup junkie, there is a very high chance that you’d own a tube of concealer in your makeup stash. From covering dark circles and acne to blemishes, pigmentation and scars, a concealer is that makeup product without which your makeup will always look a little incomplete.
But if you feel like your concealer isn’t giving you the flawless, even-toned finish as you see on your favourite influencer, then there’s a chance that you are not making the most of the product. Yes, it’s indeed possible. But don’t worry, because that’s about to change today. In this article below, we are going to discuss some amazing concealer makeup hacks, tips and tricks that will ensure that your face looks super clear, glowing and flawless every single time! Isn’t this exactly what you’ve been looking for? So, without further ado, let’s get started!
- Types of concealers
- Concealer hacks every girl should know about
- Frequently asked questions about concealer makeup
Types of concealers
Before we begin with concealer makeup hacks, it is important to look at the different types of concealers available in the market. This will help you choose the right product according to your skin concerns, which will go a long way in helping your makeup look exactly like the way you had envisioned it.
1. Liquid concealers –
Liquid concealers are perfect to give you full coverage as they have a thicker, buildable formula. Available in matte, shimmer and satin finish, this type of concealer is perfect to conceal everything, from acne and acne scars to blemishes and discolouration.
2. Stick concealers –
The semi-solid texture of stick concealers is perfect to give you quick coverage on-the-go. This type of concealer usually offers a light to medium coverage and is super quick and easy to blend out.
3. Cream concealers –
Cream concealers that have a really thick texture are great for those of you who are looking for something full coverage. It is perfect for concealing severe under-eye circles, acne scars and even birthmarks. The only problem is that a cream concealer is more prone to creasing and therefore may not work too well for mature skin.
4. Colour-correcting concealers –
This type of concealer comes in four shades – orange, green, purple and yellow, each of which helps neutralise a different skin concern. For example, an orange colour corrector helps reduce the appearance of dark circles while the green one is great for redness. If you have really severe discolouration, acne or blemishes and your usual concealer doesn’t cover them entirely, then you may need to include a colour-correcting concealer in your makeup routine.
5. Balm concealers –
If you have oily skin and are constantly struggling to make your concealer stay put, then the thick consistency of the balm concealer will help. This type of concealer texture works for oily skin because it stays put all day long and doesn’t crease or shift very easily.
Concealer hacks every girl should know about
Now that you know about the different types of concealers, let us look at some ways in which you can make the most of this wonderful product…
1. An inverted triangle to conceal dark circles
Do you tend to apply concealer in a horizontal line under your eyes to cover up your dark circles? Well, this is one of the most common application mistakes you need to stop doing right away. This method of application does cover dark circles, but creates a difference between your under-eye area and the rest of your face. To avoid this, simply apply your concealer in an inverted triangle for a more even-toned finish and to brighten up your entire face.
2. Foundation comes before concealer
A lot of people make the mistake of applying concealer over their foundation, but this defeats the purpose of concealer. When you blend the foundation, it ends up moving the concealer, and therefore doesn’t deliver a flawless finish. We recommend you to start by applying your foundation and then going over it with your concealer, only in those areas that require more coverage. This is a great tip to ensure that your base makeup looks just like a second skin.
3. Concealers work as amazing primers
For your eyeshadows to pop and show their true colours, it is really important to start your eye makeup with a little eye primer. But if you don’t have an eye primer, fret not! Simply grab your favourite concealer and apply a drop on each eye. This not only covers up discolouration, but also helps keep your eye makeup in place for longer.
4. Correct lipstick and eyeliner mistakes with concealer
If you notice that one of your eyeliners is thicker than the other one, then here’s a trick to prevent you from redoing it. Take a small angled brush, dip it in concealer and use it to fix your eyeliner. The same can be done to give your lips more definition. After you’ve finished applying your lipstick, take the same angled brush and swipe it all over your lip line for clean and precise application.
5. Blot to prevent cakey concealer
No one likes cakey and creasing concealers, right? But if this something you notice happening way too often, then here’s something that should help – blotting. After you’ve finished applying your concealer, take a clean tissue and dab it on your under eye area. This will zap away the excess oil and make your concealer look flawless and last long.
6. Apply concealer using dabbing motions
Rubbing the concealer to blend it isn’t really going to help, as it will only shift the product around. Plus, all the pulling and tugging could damage the delicate skin around the eyes and expedite the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A simple solution to this problem is to blend the concealer in a gentle dabbing motion using your ring finger. This will not only push the product into your skin, but the gentle pressure of the ring finger will also prevent skin damage.
Frequently asked questions about concealer makeup
Q. Can I wear a concealer without foundation?
A. Yes, it is totally possible to wear a concealer without foundation. In fact, if you do not have too many problem areas all over your face, then simply applying a little concealer in your under eye area, around your nose and mouth and then blending it provides lightweight coverage, which is perfect for everyday wear.
Q. What is the best way to apply concealer?
A. Concealer can be applied with a sponge, brush and even your fingers, and therefore it totally depends on your personal preference. The important thing to remember is to pat the product into your skin, instead of rubbing it, for seamless coverage.
Q. How is concealer different from the foundation?
A. Concealer and foundation are essentially the same things, in the sense that they are both meant to hide imperfections and deliver coverage. But concealers have a thicker consistency than foundation and therefore it works better to conceal those problem areas that your foundation may have missed.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Jan 27, 2021
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!