Every makeup lover will agree that concealer is one of the most important products to get a uniform finish. After all, it helps hide every skin problem and makes your face appear even toned and flawless. However, while most women own the best concealers that money can buy, very few of them actually know how to apply concealer and that’s when the problem arises. Not knowing how to use a product can render it ineffective, and you end up blaming the product. Instead, how about learning to use it correctly to your advantage?
In this article, we will give you a step by step guide on how to apply concealer on each part of your face. But before moving on to that, here are a few dos and don’ts you should follow to get the most flawless look ever.
- Do and don’t:
- How to apply concealer under the eyes
- How to apply concealer around the mouth
- How to apply concealer around the brows
- How to apply concealer to hide pimples
- How to apply concealer to hide dark spots
- Frequently asked questions about how to apply concealer:
Do and don’t:
- Use stick concealer for severe dark circles
- Pick a shade lighter than your foundation
- Apply a hydrating cream before concealer
- Blend your foundation first then apply concealer
- Use the same concealer for the entire face
- Forget concealer works as an eyeshadow primer
- Apply concealer before foundation
- Forget to set concealer with powder
How to apply concealer under the eyes
Dark circles are a common problem that most women struggle with. Thanks to concealers, you can now hide those panda eyes and look fresh in minutes. But do you know how to apply concealer to hide dark circles? The steps below will help.
Step 1: Apply hydrating eye cream using the tip of your ring finger, lightly massage until it is absorbed completely.
Step 2: Take a tiny amount of primer and smooth it on your eyelid and below the eye area.
Step 3: If you have severe dark circles, start by applying an orange colour corrector and blend it well.
Step 4: Now apply small dots of concealer under the eyes, closer to your lashes and don’t forget the inner corner of the eyes.
Step 5: Using a brush or the tip of your finger, gently dab the concealer and work it into your skin, do not rub it as this will ruin your look.
How to apply concealer around the mouth
If the area around the mouth appears darker than the rest of the face, then you are not alone, it is a common concern and we know how frustrating it can be. But there’s nothing that a little concealer can’t fix. All you got to know is how to apply concealer around the mouth effectively.
Step 1: Once you’ve applied foundation, use a slightly lighter shade of concealer and dab on the area around your lips.
Step 2: Applying it close to your lips is also a good idea as this will make your lip colour pop.
Step 3: If your lipstick fades sooner than you like or settles into the fine lines, apply a bit of concealer on your lips before applying lipstick to get smoother looking lips.
How to apply concealer around the brows
Did you know you can use concealers to get perfectly shaped brows? Yes, that’s true! If you haven’t discovered that little secret, follow the steps below to get your best brows yet!
Step 1: Start by filling your brows using your favourite brow pencil or powder. Once you get the desired shape, move on to the next step.
Step 2: Take a liquid concealer and a flat tip brush for applying concealer around your eyebrows. Apply the liquid concealer right below your brows in small dots or a smooth line.
Step 3: Blend the concealer down, towards your eyelids.
Step 4: You can also apply the concealer on top of your brows to define the arch and add definition to your look.
How to apply concealer to hide pimples
Acne and pimples can appear out of nowhere and most inconveniently, right before an important event. Even if you don’t get pimples very often, it is important to learn how to apply concealer to hide pimples as it’s a pretty useful trick to have up your sleeve.
Step 1: Start by cleansing your face and the pimple-affected areas thoroughly before following it up with toning and moisturising.
Step 2: Don’t forget to apply a primer, this gives the concealer a base to stick to. Without primer, the concealer might settle into the zit and make it look unappealing.
Step 3: If you use your hands, sanitise them properly before dabbing concealer onto the zit. Apply a thin layer of foundation on top of it. Take a damp sponge and dab it till it looks even and powder the area to set the concealer in place.
How to apply concealer to hide dark spots
Blemishes and dark spots are a common skin concern, after all, most acne and pimples leave a scar behind making your skin look uneven and discoloured. Concealers can help hide these spots, all it requires is just a few extra steps.
Step 1: Makeup can easily settle into fine lines and scars, so first apply a primer over your skin.
Step 2: Apply foundation, blend and check if any stubborn spots that are still prominent and need concealing.
Step 3: Avoid using the same concealer that you use for the under-eye area as that would be too light for your skin tone. Pick one that is one shade lighter than the foundation.
Step 4: Apply concealer to the problem areas using the applicator or a brush then blend it well.
Step 5: Lock the makeup in place by applying setting powder all over.
Frequently asked questions about how to apply concealer:
1) What goes first, foundation or concealer?
This is a never-ending debate and most makeup artists have their own way of using these two products. We believe it depends on each area of the face. While concealing dark circles, use concealer first and foundation later and on the other areas of the face do vice versa.
2) How do I prep my skin before makeup?
No matter what your skin type, if you want your makeup to look flawless, it is important to prep skin by cleansing, toning and moisturising it. Follow it up with a primer to prep your skin perfectly.