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Flaw-Erasing Concealer Tips

Concealer is a must-have in women’s makeup bags. Concealer is not only thicker, better cover flaws than foundation and powder, it also has high concentration of pigment. Concealer is use to cover what you don’t want to be appear on your face.

Under-eye concealer tips

Formulations to use under the eyes:
  1. CREAMS. Cream have a good amount of “stick” to them so they don’t settle into lines and wrinkles.
  2. LIQUIDS. Liquid concealer tends to go to a long way and its frequently used to cover the eye area and large areas. Some lend a hydrating effect because of the consistency.

A lack of moisture can cause concealer to crumble – too much moisture can cause it to slip right off. The creamy, blendable shades in Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer meld pearl powders with good-for-your-skin-pigments and humidifying botanicals so you can conceal what you need without depriving your skin of moisture. $54, barneys.com
Inside tip.
It’s best to apply concealer in within layers until the ideal coverage is achieved, “Thin layers work better, because, if the concealer is too thick, it will separate or crease,” says Jessie Powers – National Educator for Makeup Forever.

Prevent midday caking.

One common obstacle with concealer, especially liquid and extra-creamy types, is midday flaking and caking, which Powers says is the results of either a texture that’s too dry for the sin or too much concealer in any one area.

Use concealer to accentuate your features

Contour and highlight

A rather technical application, using a variety of shades of concealers (along with foundations and powders) can sculpt the face and draw attention to specific features. “The rule of thumb for sculpting is to use dark shades to make something recede, like the hollows of your cheeks, and lighter shades if you want to accentuate a feature, like the brow or cheek bones,” says Wade.

Lighten up your face

Strategically placing concealer, like down the bridge of the nose, instantly brightens up the face and brings attention to the center of your face.

Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator makes covering flaws around the nose, eyes and lips easy. The clickable pen brush harnesses the power of peptides in a gold-flecked formula, so smooth skin. $48, saks.com 

 The right way to use concealer

The main purpose of concealer is to hide unwanted flaws – think acne, dark circles and age spots. But what you use, and how you apply it, determines if you’re actually helping your skin. “You want your concealer to help give the appearance of flawless skin. The right shade and application method will help to even out your skin tone while covering blemishes, dark circle and redness,” says Wade.
  1. Find the right shade. “The best way to avoid a white, cakey look is to match concealer to your skin tone. It begins to look white when the color used is either too light or the wrong tone,” says Powers.
  2. Moisturize your skin. Always start with moisturized skin. If the skin is too dry, midday caking and flaking can occur, and the concealer may not “stick” to your skin.
  3. Build slowly. Concealer is buildable, meaning you can add more to get heavier coverage. When building significant coverage for a scar or tattoo, you can alternate between layers of concealer and translucent powder to stabilize the concealer and prevent it from sliding or breaking.” Says Powers.
  4. Pat gently. Gently pat makeup into your skin using your fingertips. “The heat breaks it down so it works better,” says Laura Geller international makeup artist Johnny Ottavino. Don’t blend too hard, which can rub the conclealer.

Foundation or conclealer first?

How much coverage you need determines whether you should apply concealer under or over your other makeup.

Concealer before foundation

When heavier coverage is needed, concealer should be the first layer of makeup. “I like to use concealer first so I can assess how much foundation is needed, but there are definitely cases when I do the reverse,” says Wade. Putting concealer on first helps blend away any demarcation lines, but you may need to layer concealer and foundation to get the coverage you need.

Concealer after foundation

“When concealer is used after foundation, it’s usually to enhance the coverage of the foundation because the imperfection is minor,” says Powers. You should always apply a thin layers of foundation as opposed to a think one.

Formulations to use for highlighting
  1. Light-Reflectors. Accoring to Ottavino, the more luminous the concleaer, the more it reflects light to brighten and draw feature forward.
  2. Thicker creams and solids. These formulas help create definition and are easy to work with.

The multitasking Laura Geller Banish-n-Brighten minimizes darkness, conceals imperfections and reflects light so that facial features are better defined. $22, qvc.com
10 years younger in minutes. To brighten her caramel skin, tan concealer was used to cover dark under-eye circles and to give the right amount of highlight, to make her look awake and refreshed.


 The long-lasting MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer disguises imperfections, protects skin fron the sun with SPF 35, and provides antioxidants and silica to absorb exess oil $16.50, maccosmetics.com

Use concealers to cover acne + even out skin tone.

Hide breakouts.
Concealers can do wonder to cover up blemishes and uneven skin. “You may need to use something that’s different color thatn yoru natural skin tone, or a few different shades together. Stick with yellow-based concealers for acne to combat redness,” says Ottavino. “To prevent concealer from slipping off a pimple, prep it with an eye primer first.”


 If the name doesn’t tip you off, Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer is pretty much miracle in a tube. The creamy liquid concealer, which works best when applied with the coordinating brush, seems to magically erase breakouts as well as lingering spots – and it doesn’t shift or rub off during the day. $28, sephora.com

Formualtions to use for acne

  1. Stick and solids. Cream-based and solid adhere well to oily skin because of their drier texture. But you need to blend them.
  2. Creams and liquids. These formulas are thinner and more buildable so you can add coverage accordingly.

 Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector is a creamy yellow-hued concealer that minimizes redness and flushing with potent key ingredients – caffeine, magnolia bark extract and murumuru butter, amongst other – making this must-have for those with acne, rosacea or supersensitive skin. $19.50, clinique.com

Even out hyperpigmentation

Since hyperpigmentation can be dark and blotchy, Ottaving suggests covering the whole area with a creamy concealer and blending it with your fingertips. “If you use the right concealer and apply it properly, you may not need to add foundation on top,” he says.

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