What is a concealer? What is it for? What’s the difference between concealers and color correctors? Which ones are the best? How do I choose the correct shade? These are a few of the questions people ask when buying a concealer. On today’s post, I share how to master the concealer technique, choose the correct shade and most important, prevent from creasing or looking dry.
Back in the day, I remember us, including myself, having this white under-eye. The whiter the better, or at least that’s what we thought. I really would like to know where this trend came from and why did we think it was cute or okay to do. Adding to that, in my case, I never set my under-eye and I cringe while I write this. Thank God today makeup is big on YouTube so that now teens or beginners can turn to that source. In
my case, I had no idea there were makeup tutorials on YouTube or people teaching how to do makeup on that platform.
With that being said, on today’s post, I want to share all my tips and tricks for applying a nice concealer. I’ll list all the things you should do and some you shouldn’t, and the shouldn’t list I probably did back in the day.
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What is it for?
· Brightening areas around the face.
· Covering marks or blemishes.
· Evening skin tone.
What’s the difference between concealer and color correcting?
· A concealer is the brighter color corrector. Usually, varies between white and yellow.
· Color correcting, although might sound obvious, is a color concealer used for correcting. Varies in colors, red, peach, purple, green, and so one. These are the ones used to cover blemishes, marks or even skin tone.
Why can’t I use a concealer to cover blemishes?
Blemishes are usually red, marks are brown or grey and dark circles are grey, green or purple. A concealer is white, using a regular concealer to cover blemishes won’t do anything, white can’t cancel red, if anything, it will look pink. Using it to cover marks will make them look grayer and using it underneath the eye also. White under black or dark colors will make them look grey. Whit this being said, and although seen plenty of times, concealer is not to cover blemishes or anything on the face, it’s to brighten those areas once they’re covered with a color correcting concealer.
How to use color correcting concealers?
Red (for dark skin tone), peach (for light skin tone) or orange (for medium skin tone), are used to even skin tone and cover dark circles.
Green– is used to cover redness on the skin, rosacea, irritation or allergies.
Purple– is to cover dull skin, uneven texture, dry skin or places on the face lacking luminosity.
Yellow- is used to brighten up areas.
Where can it be used?
It can be used in your under-eye, around the nose, on the nose, forehead, chin or any area you want to brighten.
How should I use it?
1. This one is my favorite because we get to the point of this whole thing, right? Concealer should never be applied alone or without color correcting first. Remember you have to cover whatever’s underneath that’s not giving you even skin tone or luminosity. Always color correct your under eye with red, peach or orange correctors and then apply a concealer, preferably two shades lighter than your skin tone, so it can illuminate the under-eye area. If you don’t want to use a color corrector, use foundation and then apply concealer.
2. Always apply the concealer in V form and blend in that same way. Applying it just in the under-eye, with dots and in a stroke, will make you look like you have two balls underneath and the look won’t look clean.
3. This one is up to you, but I’ll give you my advice. Blend the concealer with a damp beauty sponge. Brushes don’t blend that well and leave marks in the under-eye. Beauty sponges help the product skin in and won’t leave any marks or residue.
4. Always set your concealer with loose powder, preferably translucent. A color powder will make it look lighter or darker and will alter your look, we don’t want that. Also, if you don’t set the under-eye it will crease almost instantly and mess everything up.
5. This one is up to you too, but baking the under-eye, for people that have dry skin, will only emphasize your skins texture and fine lines, we don’t want that either. I don’t recommend baking for any type of skin, but people with oily skin can pull it off better.
Pro Tip: as you blend the concealer, it will get in your water line. Don’t add eyeliner there or eyeshadow, it will make your eyes look smaller. Leave it with the concealer for a fuller more awake look. You won’t need a nude liner.
What I use
On a daily basis, I mix Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer and Maybelline’s Master Conceal. I apply Fit Me concealer first and then the Master Conceal. The reason I do this is, is because I ran out of the Nyx Dark Circle Corrector and since I had nothing to cover my dark circles, I used two regular concealers instead. I love it and I still do it to this day. I love how the Fit Me concealer serves as a base and the Master Conceal, since it’s more yellow, it brightens the undereye. It doesn’t look like I have white circles in my under-eye, because the Master Conceal since it’s more yellow, it helps balance the whiteness from the Fit Me. I absolutely love how this looks. It lasts all day, covers my dark circles and brightens the under-eye very beautifully.
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