Concealer is a magician’s wand that should be in every person’s makeup bag. It’s the perfect tool for that fresh-faced look, regardless of your lack of sleep or time of day. In this post I share answers to the question “What is concealer used for?” and just as important, how to use it!
What is concealer used for?
Concealer is similar to foundation in that it covers dark circles, age spots, blemishes, and other defects by concealing pigments and blending them into the skin.
Always use concealer on top of your foundation to keep it from smudging.
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Foundation vs concealer
Foundation is designed to be used to the entire face for a more uniform skin tone and to blur fine lines, dark spots, acne scars, and other imperfections.
Concealer is only for particular areas of the face, such as dark circles around the eyes and blemishes.
Do you apply concealer before or after foundation?
To reduce general redness, discoloration, and tiny blemishes, use foundation first. If you use concealer first, you may wind up wiping some off or using a lot more product than required while applying foundation.
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The foundation you choose should match your skin tone as closely as possible. When choosing foundation to try, choose the one that appears to match the best, as well as one shade darker and one shade lighter possibilities.
Most cosmetics lines have a numerical system in place to assist you in making your decision, but each system is unique to that line. The majority of companies use numbers ranging from 10 to 50 or 1 to 10, with higher numbers indicating darker skin.
The simplest way to do this is with department drug store samples, but you may get a general idea at the drugstore by putting the bottle up to your face and gazing in the mirror to see how closely it matches.
Makeup enthusiasts disagree on where to test the foundation, although both sides have valid reasons. Don’t test the foundation on your arm, though, because the skin on your arm is generally darker than the skin on your face.
There are three types of concealer to choose from:
Liquid concealer, concealer stick, and cream-to-powder concealer
Pick a color close to your foundation
Concealer that hides imperfections on the majority of your face should match your foundation as closely as possible. You can go one shade lighter if you’re masking bigger dark spots, such as heavy eye circles.
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Apply the color-correcting concealer of the opposite hue on the color wheel on dark eye circles, port wine birthmarks, or other colorful places.
Blend it in, but don’t expect it to go away; the foundation and skin tone concealer will take care of that.
Apply foundation all over your face with a sweeping motion
Use a makeup sponge, your fingertips, or a foundation brush (for liquid foundation only).
Brush the foundation all over your face and smooth until it’s evenly distributed, being careful not to wipe away too much of the color-correcting concealer. Blending is best done using a stippling brush.
Make the necessary changes
Examine your jawline, since this is where a lack of blending is most noticeable. If you see a line, blend your foundation into your neckline by extending it a little below the jawline.
Simply draw the concealer stick over the area and smooth or massage into the skin with clean fingertips to create a neat line under the brows, prime eyelids, or give a little depth to lips.
To highlight using a concealer stick, draw onto the skin the regions of the face you want to brighten, then blend out with your fingertips or a wet makeup sponge of your choosing, depending on how much and where you apply it.
Unless you’re using a powder foundation, always apply your foundation first. If you use concealer first, you may wind yourself wiping some off while applying foundation or using far more product than is required, resulting in a thick, caked-on appearance.
What concealer should I use
If you want barely-there, your-skin-but-better results, or robust and long-lasting complete coverage that will last all day, consider shade, formula, and coverage when picking a concealer.
You may be tempted to brush your concealer straight on top of your under-eye circles or bags, resist—doing so will draw attention to puffiness.
Instead, draw an upside-down triangle with your concealer to brighten up your skin and hide any discoloration.
What is concealer used for in makeup?
Concealer is comparable to foundation in that it covers dark circles, age spots, blemishes, and other defects by concealing pigments and blending them into the skin. Always use concealer on top of your foundation to keep it from smudging.
This formula is great for days when you don’t want to use foundation because it feels light.
Many concealers might feel thick and crusty under the eyes, but this one makes me forget I’m wearing any at all, which is the ultimate aim.
Can you use concealer as contour?
Although you may not consider concealer to be contour makeup, applying a creamy, long-lasting stick concealer is one of the simplest methods to obtain a photo-ready, softly sculpted face.
Is concealer supposed to be lighter than your skin?
Always choose a color that is one shade lighter than your foundation. Dark discoloration will be covered by the lighter tone, but don’t go too light. A ghostly shadow can be created by concealers that are more than one shade lighter than your skin tone.
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