In the world of makeup, concealer is truly the unsung hero. It’s not as sexy as lipgloss, it’s not as user friendly as mascara, and it doesn’t have the allure of lipstick. What it does have, however, is the ability to take you from blah to babe, and from tired to fresh. Concealer is truly a workhorse, and it covers all the imperfections and flaws we would rather keep to ourselves. When it comes to application there are two important things to bear in mind:
- Foundation is applied first, then concealer. If you apply concealer first and then foundation you are just rubbing off your concealer, undoing your efforts and wasting your product. Sometimes you can get away with just wearing foundation and not going in with concealer, so this can also save you a step.
- Not all concealers are created equal. You won’t have one concealer for all your camouflaging purposes, you will have two. One for the eye area and one for any blemishes or areas of redness.
When concealing dark circles you want to use a warm shade of concealer, in a hydrating liquid formula. Note that I wrote warm shade, not a lighter shade. I know a big makeup misconception out there is to use a shade of concealer a shade or two lighter than your natural shade to brighten dark circles. Wrong. This only makes them look grey and ashy, and draws even more attention to the area you were trying to conceal. Plus, it makes you look like this. My favorite concealer for the eye area is M.A.C. Select Moisturecover in a NW shade. NW means neutral warm and this helps warm up the eye area and counteract any grey or purple shadows or discoloration. For a more comprehensive guide on concealing dark under eye circles refer to my Q & A with BB: The Great Cover Up.
When concealing blemishes or areas of redness you want to use a yellow based concealer in a cream formula. The yellow will counteract the red and leave you looking even and uniform in color and the cream texture will properly adhere and last all day. My favorite concealer for blemishes and redness is M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in a NC shade. NC means neutral cool and its yellow based, exactly what you want for any red spots. The texture is thick and opaque, it even covers tattoos! In short, it’s a must have staple in my kit.
Whether you are using concealer on a blemish or your eye area be sure to set it completely with powder. When my clients complain of their makeup disappearing I ask them two things: are you using a primer and do you set your makeup with powder? Powder is imperative in making your concealer last all day without traveling or disappearing altogether. I also highly recommend investing in a high quality concealer brush like this one from NARS or this one from M.A.C. You can this brush for all your concealing needs. Brushes allow you to use less product which saves you money and allows for the most natural looking, blended effect. Brushes are also great at getting into hard to reach areas like right under the lower lashes and just on top of a pimple. I like to apply concealer with a synthetic bristle concealer brush and then use my clean finger to tap the concealer gently, pressing it into the skin. If concealer has always been tricky for you, a high quality brush can make all the difference.
So there you have it: how to use concealer on dark circles under your eyes and how to conceal blemishes and redness. Hope these tips help!
What are your favorite concealers? Do you have one for the eye area and one for blemishes?
Have a fabulous weekend!