Shopping for the perfect concealer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. And once you find the correct one, it’s a game-changer for your complexion. If you experience darkness, have an uneven skin tone, lack hydration or require extra brightness under the eye area, a concealer is your best bet. This little multitasker can be used on other areas of your face (and body) too: it disguises blemishes, helps to contour, primes your lips and eyelids, highlights your cheekbones and adds enhancement to your lips. You can clean up eyeliner mistakes with concealer too. Genius, right?
Here’s everything you need to know about this miracle product…
What’s Your Shade?
The unwritten rule of concealer colour choice is: Use a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your skin. If you want to hide a blemish, choose a concealer that matches your exact skin tone or foundation. If you go lighter or darker, you’ll draw attention to the pimple. Those with olive to dark skin tones should stick to orange, peachy-coloured concealers. Medium skin tones will suit rosé and salmon concealer shades. Very fair to light skin tones work best with light-pink concealers.
Using a concealer brush or your finger, apply the concealer under your eye starting at the inner corner of the eye. Be sure to cover the darker area below your lashes with the product and then blend by pressing it into the skin with the padded part of your middle finger. Layer lightly and blend. Don’t use large amounts of concealer with each layer. Keep it light to avoid caking. Lastly, use a light translucent powder to set the concealer in place. This will add longevity to your concealer and overall look.
Ready, Set, Powder
The secret to long-lasting concealer is a lightweight, translucent loose power that helps to brighten the eye area. Avoid matte, heavy powders that could add more emphasis to the fine lines around your eye area. To set your concealer, before it dries, press the loose powder into your skin with a flat, fluffy brush. Pressing the powder will prevent your concealer from moving.
Finding A Formula
An important step to remember when looking for a new concealer is distinguishing your skin type. Is your under-eye area oily? If so, you need a matte concealer. Does your under-eye area seem dry, dehydrated and in need of extra coverage? Choose a creamy formula. Are you looking for a lightweight, quick and easy-to-use concealer? Go for a liquid formula. It’s the most popular choice.