Most Common Concealer Mistakes
Concealer: what would we do without it!? It saves the day on myriad occasions, from when pesky zits pop up before our first date night months after having your first child or many to be honest, when our under eyes have more baggage than we bring on a monthlong trip. But, are we using it to our advantage? Unconsciously, we might be committing a couple of concealer mistakes.
The last thing you want is for your concealer to cake up and draw more attention to a blemish. So, I did my research to demystify concealer once and for all. Below, the 7 things you need to know to make concealer work its hardest for you. You ready momma?
1. Prep The Area
As you likely know, the skin around your eyes is some of your most delicate. That’s why it’s important to keep the area hydrated. From asking several moms’s just like me and they suggest using the Royalty Instant Lift Serum ($65) or Royalty Uplift Beauty Serum ($65) to prep, and then apply concealer. “I like to make small dashes like a sunburst,” Tommie Nichole.
2. Matching 101
The fact is you’re gonna need more than one concealer. “The concealer you use to hide undereye darkness is not the same concealer you use to hide a blemish,” pulled from research from many professionals. I did not know this! This explains the yellow, green and pink concealers. Regardless of your skin tone, the darkness under your eye will have some purple to it, and combating that means a concealer that has peach or orange tones in it (think of a color correcting palette!).
I recommend mixing the undereye specific concealer (like Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting Concealer) ($29) with your standard skin tone matching foundation to best hide late nights up with your kiddos. So many recommend different techniques that I recommend doing what works for you anything from a brush to using the ring finger for the undereye. Finally, “Keep the concealer around the eye socket, but not directly under the eye”, “don’t go too low as this gives you too much light, and will make you appear doe-eyed.”
3. Texture Tutorial
Here’s something you may not have thought about: your concealer’s texture is, in fact, as important as its shade. If you apply concealer to an otherwise bare face, despite how perfect a color match it may be, an emollient pigment right atop the spot you want to hide can essentially “highlight the blemish to anyone looking at you in natural light,”. When covering spots, remember to lay a base.
Apply a very sheer layer of foundation or tinted moisturizer to the entire area the blemish is in. So, if the spot is on your forehead, apply the foundation sparingly starting in the middle, and blend very lightly towards your hairline. Then, “using a tiny pointed brush, tap on your concealer and press with your finger or a sponge to blend it in around the edges,”just advice.
“If you’re using a product that can double as a concealer or foundation depending on the amount used (like Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation) ($39), apply sparingly to the larger area and dab a little extra right over the spot,”. It’s all about texture matching.
Use a more fluid concealer for the undereye as opposed to a dense concealer for masking a blemish, if there’s a lot of red in the blemish, a touch of green corrector will help neutralize that before applying. Mind Blown!! I never knew this!!
4. Emergency Response
Covering a large raised spot? Use a shade just a touch lighter than your skin tone at the bottom of the offending spot — this little hack tricks the eye of the onlooker. “If you think in terms of painting, using a light shade brings the eye forward, while dark causes recession. It’s all about evening the playing field when covering a blemish that’s changed the topography of your face,” she notes. A little bit of green color corrector can be added to help neutralize any redness, as well. Makeup is an art, after all!
5. Don’t Flake
When we spot-treat pimples, the products we use tend to dry out the skin surrounding the blemish as well. You probably know what I’m talking about — while the worst of the pimple’s lifecycle is over, you’re left with flaky, red, inflamed skin. This is when you need a bit of extra prep.
Use a washcloth to gently exfoliate and smooth away flakes, and apply just a tiny drop of a gentle, light oil (think jojoba or grapeseed, available at your local health food store) to provide immediate hydration while helping the blemish heal. Once you’ve smoothed your canvas a bit, you can go in with a concealer matching your skin tone onto the blemish and any surrounding redness.
6. Be Precise
I recommends a “super tiny brush,” which you can even find at your local art store. Practice covering spots to see what level heaviness gives you the coverage level you’re looking for.
7. Set It
Powder goes everywhere — not just over the spot. This is, again, about color and texture. Powdering just the blemish adds height and a flat, dull texture to the area. Sometimes, a light dusting of translucent powder over the blemish and the entire face will give you an even canvas. You can leave it to your own judgment whether you’d like to do a full face of foundation.
Presto!!!! You could literally be ready to go!
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