Concealer is a beauty product that I wouldn’t want to miss in my makeup collection. Since my skin and I aren’t exactly best friends it’s always good to have something that helps me look less tired and just fresher and brighter in general. There are so many different concealers on the market in every formula you could ever imagine and when applied the right way, it can totally change your complexion. I mainly use concealer to brighten up my under eye area and to cover the odd blemish here and there. So, here are my top tips for finding the right concealer and how to apply it properly.
What do you want to conceal?
There are so many different formulas and colours of concealers and it can be really difficult to find the right shade for the right area of your face. Here’s a little guide that shows you exactly which shades work best for concealing any problem areas you might have. PEACH works best to cover up dark circles, GREEN works best to cover up redness or spots, YELLOW works best on tan skin and brightens your skin.
The most flattering way to apply concealer under your eyes is to draw a triangle because this shape perfectly conceals dark circles and also creates the illusion that your face is lifted. I find that the best concealer to use under your eyes is a peach-based concealer with a liquid formula. Peach-toned colours can counteract the blueish hues under the eyes and really brighten up the area. I love using the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer or the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
When it comes to concealing redness or little blemishes I highly recommend using a cream concealer with a high coverage. I like to use a very precise dense brush to apply the concealer into the skin and I then go over with a damp beauty blender to blend and make the concealer look more natural. To counteract the red tones, I find that using a yellow or green tinted concealer works best. I recommend the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit.
To hide dark spots I recommend using a high coverage concealer. Cream concealers have a thicker texture and are less oil so they’ll last a lot longer on the skin. For that I like using the Catrice Camouflage.
Before applying your concealer of choice you should prep the area with a moisturiser or a primer. I like to use a very rich eye cream before applying concealer to my under eye area because it plumps up the skin and helps to avoid the concealer settling into any fine lines. For the rest of my face I like to use a hydrating primer to give me a smoother surface to apply the concealer. It also makes your concealer last a lot longer.
I find that whenever I apply my concealer first, I waste way too much product when in fact you’d only need a tiny little dot in certain areas. If you apply your foundation or BB cream first, you’ll see that you don’t need to use as much concealer because foundations actually do a great job covering imperfections and dark circles. However, if you apply your concealer before foundation you’ll just move the product around while buffing the foundation into your skin.
After applying my concealer I like to go over these areas with a setting powder. By dipping a small brush into a translucent powder you can prevent your concealer from settling into the creases. Especially the under eye area is susceptible to fine lines and to make sure that your concealer lasts all day without creasing I like to use the NYX HD Finishing Powder.