If you’re not a professional makeup artist, using concealer might seem complicated.
Naturally, healthy-looking skin boosts self-confidence, but not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy flawless skin all the time. Tension and stress are a frequent companion of busy women, and unfortunately, it has a significant impact on your appearance.
Imagine what it would feel like waking up after a night of poor sleep – you get up, go to the bathroom and see another zit in the middle of your forehead. And, of course, you have dark circles under your eyes.
It doesn’t sound too pleasant, right?
But it‘s not the end of the world either. All you need is the right product for covering unwanted imperfections.
Good news: you can achieve glowing and healthy looking skin with the help of concealer. But not any concealer – only with the one that agrees with your skin type and looks natural. Then it has to be applied in the correct way for the maximum effect. Moreover, concealer must be set to get the long-lasting finish.
Seems pretty straightforward, right?
Well, if you’re a beginner in using makeup or just found yourself in need of better coverage, the use of concealer might sound confusing. I bet that a few questions already popped into your head, so I will do my best to answer them.
Read on below and learn why concealer is an essential tool in your make up bag and how to use it properly.
- What Is The Difference Between Concealer and Foundation?
Essentially, concealer and foundation are similar products – both are used to even out the skin tone. However, the foundation is applied all over your face and neck area for achieving a smooth look, while concealer is used on smaller areas to cover blemishes, zits, scars, dark circles under the eyes and other skin discolorations.
Foundation comes in different forms – from tinted moisturizers to liquid, cream and powder – and you can get from sheer to full coverage. Yet some of your face areas may require special attention that foundation can’t provide.
Here’s where concealer comes in handy.
It has a thicker composition meaning that the coverage is typically medium to full. Concealer being heavier in pigment is supposed to completely conceal all the imperfections – from small blemishes to serious skin discolorations.
Concealers come in many different shades and even various colors including green, red, and many others! They are called color correcting concealers and are meant for covering specific spots – some do a better job on red blemishes, other on dark circles under the eyes. Read further for more information on these concealers.
- Can I Use Concealer without Foundation?
Both concealer and foundation can be used on their own, but the product you choose depends on your wanted finish.
When you need to cover only a few small spots and still look natural, use concealer alone. But if you do not have any noticeable discolorations and just want to even out overall skin tone, try the foundation.
However, both products can be used together and still look natural – the key is in choosing light to medium coverage foundation.
- Do I Put Concealer Under or On Top The Foundation?
There are a few possible ways to apply concealer, and it depends on the product you’re using.
Concealers come in three main forms – liquid, cream, and powder. Even though there isn’t one strict technique how to apply each one of them, some ways provide greater effects – the concealer blends better with the overall look and stays on longer.
Liquid and cream form concealers can be applied before foundation for the perfect base – the most problematic areas of your skin are more visible on a clean face. If you put concealer first, you already even out the skin tone and it doesn’t need as much product on top. However, be careful when applying foundation – gently blend the areas where you have put on concealer and try not to rub off any product.
If you’re using powder or other dry form foundation, concealer always must be applied underneath.
Using concealer on top of liquid or cream foundation also have benefits. Apply the foundation first, do your eye makeup and then put on concealer – if you follow this sequence, you have an opportunity to fix up your eye makeup mistakes and remove the fallouts. Gently wipe off any eyeshadow leftovers with a fluffy brush and apply concealer where needed. Lightly blend it and if some areas look too bright, add a tiny bit of foundation on top.
Powder concealer must be applied only on top the foundation.
Some makeup rules may seem right on paper, but don’t look good on your face. Try out different techniques and see what works the best for your makeup routine.
And don’t forget to set the concealer!
- How Do I Set the Concealer?
With setting powder or spray! But you can try a few different ways of applying the products.
If you choose setting powder, keep in mind that it provides the mattifying effect.
One of the simplest ways of applying powder is just gently dusting it with a powder brush or smaller brush for smaller spots. You can use a wedge sponge too. If you want a more natural look, damp a sponge, dip it in powder and gently apply on the wanted area.
If you have dry skin, setting spray may be a better option. Even though it can provide a matte finish too, most often it gives a dewy look without drying out the skin. It can be applied by directly spraying some product on a brush or a sponge and gently blending it on the skin.
For special occasions and super long-lasting effect, you can combine both powder and spray. Gently dust some powder on the wanted area, then apply the setting spray with a sponge or a brush.
You can also skip setting, but concealer will start creasing eventually. If it happens, gently dab the area with your index finger – it evens out the product.
- How Do I Choose The Right Concealer?
In the search for the right concealer, it’s important to choose it not only based on your skin tone but on your skin type as well.
To begin with, you have to determine which form of concealer fits your skin the best.
Liquid concealer is very versatile and typically fits most people. Usually light in consistency, it can provide from sheer to full coverage if applied in a few layers.
If you have normal, oily, combination or even sensitive skin, liquid concealer is the best choice. It can also be used by those with dry skin, but then a satin finish should be chosen. Matte finish stays on longer, but it can dry out the skin.
If you have oily skin, avoid cream based foundations. They are much thicker and heavier in pigment that can clog your pores and even create a shiny surface.
On the other hand, stick and cream form concealers are a good option for dry skin – a thicker texture applies smoothly, leaving a hydrating effect. However, you need to set the concealer because otherwise, it will start creasing.
During the hot season or if you have exceptionally oily skin, consider using powder concealer.
Most of the discolorations of your skin are darker than your skin tone, so to even them out you need a lighter concealer. The best choice would be a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your foundation. But stick with the same undertones!
Try out different shades by applying them to your jawline. If the tone almost disappears, it’s probably the one.
Another way to test the shade is by putting it under the eyes and seeing how it changes the overall look – does your face seem brighter? Well-rested? Areas under the eyes do not seem too dark or too bright? Then it’s the one.
Finding the right shade requires some research but you will notice an instant effect of the right product.
- How Do I Conceal Dark Circles Under My Eyes?
Under-eye is the most sensitive area of your face – very thin skin means that you have to be delicate when choosing the right products.
The main rule would be – look for a concealer with light to medium coverage. Thick and heavily pigmented products require more blending that can irritate the area around the eyes.
If you want to brighten your face and you do not have a very dark under-eye area, lighter texture concealer should do the job. However, if dark blue circles are too difficult to hide, you can always try out color correcting concealers.
According to the color wheel, orange is on the opposite side of blue – it means that by using orange-colored concealer you can neutralize blue tones. But one shade doesn’t work the same on all skin tones!
If you have fair skin, the most natural looking concealer option would be peach or even yellow. For deeper skin tones, orange works way better. Remember to cover the area with your regular concealer afterward – gently blend them together.
Also, don’t forget to hydrate your under-eye skin! It can make a huge difference in the way it looks.
- How Do I Cover A Pimple Without It Looking Obvious?
Waking up with a big red pimple on your face is annoying. However, you can quickly cover it and enjoy the rest of your day without remembering that you even had a zit.
It is crucial to prepare your skin and minimize the inflammation before applying any makeup.
To begin with, wash your face with cleanser and then use acne spot treatment to reduce the redness. The right product makes a pimple less visible in minutes. If you do not have it, simply try using an ice cube wrapped in a washcloth – put it directly on the inflamed spot and see how quickly it shrinks.
The last step of preparation is moisturizing – well-hydrated skin provides a smooth base. Let the moisturizer sink in for 5-10 minutes before applying any makeup.
For long-lasting coverage, firstly put primer on a zit – it creates a sticky surface that keeps concealer on without slipping off.
Now it’s time to choose a concealer.
It has to be in the same shade as your foundation – too light or too dark concealer would stand out even more. If a zit area is really inflamed, try using green colored concealer – it balances out the redness.
The texture of the concealer is also essential – a thicker product adheres better to the skin and is harder to rub off.
Now put concealer only on an inflamed spot, gently dab it and blend the edges to the skin. To set concealer and make it look even, use colored setting powder – it can perfectly cover a zit without making it look cakey.
You may still see a little bump, but it will be way less noticeable. Believe me, no one except you will pay attention to it!
- Can I Use Concealer as Eye Shadow Primer?
Concealer can be used as an eyeshadow base to make the colors pop more, but it won’t provide the key functions of a primer.
Eyeshadow primer creates a thin protective barrier between your skin and eyeshadow. If you have sensitive skin, a thin layer of primer keeps the skin safe from irritation – any products on top of it won’t directly touch your skin. The best option is silicone-based primers that are nontoxic.
Additionally, primer creates a suitable surface for a long-lasting look – eyeshadow adheres better to a sticky layer of primer rather than naked skin. It also stops the eyeshadow from creasing which is a frequent problem if you have oily eyelids.
For a flawless overall look, the primer can be applied to under-eye skin too.
You can use concealer as an eyeshadow base for creating an even surface, however, keep in mind that concealer under the eyeshadow may contribute to creasing around the eyes.
- How Do I Prevent Flaking When Using Concealer?
Flaky skin is never a desired trait, especially not after putting your makeup on. But there are a few ways to prevent it!
Your skin condition makes a huge difference in the way your makeup looks.
If you have dry skin, you may want to pay some extra attention to hydrating it. Even though some women use only moisturizers in their daily routine, maybe it’s not enough for your skin? Consider investing in eye cream or other hydrating product for your under eyes.
Moreover, always moisturize before applying your concealer! Let it sit for a bit and fully absorb.
Using eyeshadow primer is optional, but it can help with flaking. It not only hydrates the area but also makes it smooth and stops the concealer from creasing.
Avoid putting too many layers! Using too much concealer or foundation can lead to a cakey look.
Do you set concealer with powder? Try switching to setting spray – put some product on a brush or a sponge and gently blend on a wanted area. Setting powder does wonders for a long-lasting effect, however, it may dry out your skin.
Numerous things can cause concealer flaking, just try switching your makeup routine or even consider getting some new products.
Are You Ready To Use Concealer?
Concealer can change your overall look, but remember that you use it for covering the most delicate spots of your skin including the under-eye area, blemishes, scars or pimples. For safe and efficient use, you have to know not only how to apply it correctly, but which one to get in the first place.
Now when I’ve covered the most common questions about concealer, I hope that you have your answers and can start using concealer with confidence. 🙂
But if you still have any other questions or just want to tell me more about your routine, please leave a comment.