Just how important is concealer? Read on to know more!
If there’s one makeup product that is an indispensable part of your beauty stash, it has to be a concealer. When applied properly, it can be a total game-changer, giving you amazing coverage and smooth, clear skin. However, one wrong move can ruin your entire makeup. If you’re struggling with how to choose a concealer shade, how to use a concealer or rather where to apply one, you’ve come to the right place!
So, whether you’re a pro or a beginner at face makeup application, these handy tips will help you step up your makeup game and clear all your queries on all-things-concealer.
But first, let’s understand what’s a concealer and its purpose!
A concealer is a makeup product that works in tandem with your foundation to achieve an even skin tone that is free of any scars, blemishes, pigmentation or dark spots. It helps lighten hyperpigmented skin, blurs pores and covers discolouration to leave behind a base that ensures your other makeup products go on well.
A poorly chosen concealer or when improperly applied, can draw attention to problem areas by making blemishes more obvious, creates a white cast around pigmented areas, and makes makeup cakey and discoloured. Hence, the key is knowing which type of concealer you need and the right shade to suit your skin tone.
Types of Concealers
When it comes to choosing a concealer formula, you have to keep in mind your skin type and skin concerns, if any.
- Best suited for normal, oily, sensitive, combination and breakout-prone skin type
- Coverage can range from light to full and is blendable
- Available in finishes such as dewy, matte, satin and subtle shimmer
One of the most commonly used concealer formulas is liquid. It is super blendable, buildable and works on practically any skin type. Liquid concealers are better to cover pimples as it is less prone to creating a cakey base and doesn’t clog your pores. Moreover, it can be used on wrinkled skin as its texture is less likely to crease during the day. It comes in different finishes, matte being the most commonly chosen and last-longer too.
- Best suited for normal, dry and sensitive skin type
- Coverage can range from medium to full and is buildable
- Available in finishes such as satin and powdery matte
A stick concealer has a semi-solid texture that is thick and creamy and is more often richly pigmented. It can be applied using the dotting method as well as swiped on in a line of colour and blended. This can be done using a concealer brush or in a stippling motion using your finger.
One important thing to remember about concealers in a stick type is that it is more prone to clogging pores during its ingredients, making it an less ideal option for individuals with combination or oily complexion.
- Best suited for normal, combination, dry and sensitive skin type
- Coverage can range from medium to full and is buildable
- Available in finishes such as semi- satin and creamy
In general, if you’re looking for full to medium coverage, then opting for a cream based concealer is your best pick. It usually comes packed in a palette or compact type packaging. They work well for under-eye areas and are best suited for hiding discolouration. Since cream concealers are more smooth and slippery in texture, it can be applied using a concealer brush, makeup blender or your finger too. However, it should be set in place with loose or pressed powder to avoid any creases.
Concealer Tips And Tricks
- Select the Right Shade
Choosing a concealer that’s too light can be a disaster. Opt for a shade that’s one to two shades lighter than the colour of your foundation. It should perfectly match it and should not be too light or dark. If you’re going to a store, carry your foundation with you and compare. When shopping online, make use of virtual try-ons so check if a shade matches your skin tone or not. It is extremely important that you get the shade right as it can make or break your entire makeup look.
- Choose the Right Texture Or Formula
When choosing the right texture or formula, ensure it isn’t too creamy, dry or greasy. For the under-eye areas, opt for a creamy, hydrating concealer and always apply some eye-cream before you conceal. When it comes to covering zits or redness, opt for a pigment rich formula that will neutralize breakouts in just a few coats. For discolouration, opt for full coverage concealers that sometimes eliminate the need of you using a foundation too!
- Remember the Colour Wheel
Just like there are different makeup products for different areas of the face, similarly, when it comes to colour correcting concealers, each shade caters to a specific skin concern. Bring in the colour wheel for this. For under-eye areas or dark circles, opt for a yellow-tone concealer as it will help neutralize the same. On the other hand, if your dark circles are brownish in colour then use a peach or salmon toned concealer. Green concealers are used to hide redness while orange concealers help cover dark spots, acne, sun burns and freckles.
- Always Apply in Natural Light
If you ever found your skin looking two-toned, blame bad lighting for every concealer you thought matched your skin tone. Always apply concealer in natural light to see how it really performs.
- Keep it Minimal
Using your fingers to apply concealer might not always be the best idea. Instead, use a synthetic concealer brush, especially for under the eyes and the inner corners to the centers. Also skip the magnifying mirror as you’ll wind up overapplying.
- Be Careful When Covering Breakouts
The only thing worse than a blemish is one that’s badly camouflaged. Use a small, pointy brush to dot concealer on the zit. With tiny strokes, sweep the brush around the base of the pimple, and ta-da! No bacteria and NO using fingers.
- Never Skip Loose Powder
Once you apply your concealer, ensure you set it using some loose translucent setting powder. Avoid using pressed powder as it can draw attention to fine lines by settling into creases or wrinkles.
How to Apply Concealer
Regardless of the type of concealer you choose, its application technique remains the same.
- For any skin type, it is essential to prep your face with moisturizer or a foundation primer. If you have normal or oily skin, a lightweight moisturizer with a matte finish will be perfect.
- While some find it best to apply concealer before foundation, others find just the opposite good enough for optimal results. Except for powder foundation, this is a personal decision as there is no right or wrong way.
- Dab concealer onto discolouration, pigmentation or skin imperfections with a clean finger, brush, or sponge.
- Liquid or cream concealers should not be applied over powder foundations as they can get clumpy. If you use powder foundation, apply concealer first, allow it to set and go for foundation.
- Finish by setting the concealer with a loose translucent powder. A concealer with a matte finish doesn’t need to be set with powder as it can make your skin too dry.
- When applying concealer on the under-eye area, try using one with a radiant finish or adding some highlighter for a light-reflective finish that further disguises shadowed areas.