Concealer is one of those magical beauty products that has the power to correct pesky imperfections – the ones that can’t be disguised by foundation and powder alone. But if used incorrectly, you could wind up with raccoon eyes or an Oompa Loompa face. Here’s how to choose the correct concealer so that you can execute pro-worthy makeup artistry.
Whether you choose a creamy concealer or a stick, keep in mind that you’ll have to build the coverage depending on what your goals are. Just don’t overdo it or you could wind up with creased buildup in the concealed areas and/or an uneven skin tone. Always set your concealer with a light dusting of powder.
KNOW YOUR SKIN TONE
Unless you’re correcting (we’ll get to that later), you’re going to want to choose a color that’s a half a shade lighter than your foundation shade. Determine whether you have neutral, cool, warm, or beige undertones in order to achieve the perfect match.
UNDERSTAND COLOR CORRECTION
Colored concealers work wonders for correcting imbalances. For example:
Under Eye Circles: Yellow cancels out purple/blue
To effectively correct darkness under the eyes while brightening the area, opt for an orange/yellow-based concealer that’s one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. Should the discoloration be more on the brown side, a peach or orange concealer is a better choice.
Redness: Green cancels out red
When it comes to pimples, rashes, and skin disorders like rosacea, the redness can be hard to disguise with traditional concealer alone. Start by applying a green concealer to diffuse the red hue. Follow up with an application of foundation (or regular concealer) and powder so that the complexion looks even and natural. Note that if you’re concealing a pimple, make sure you choose a formula that’s on the thick and dry side for the best coverage and staying power.
Dark Spots: Orange cancels out brown
Whether it’s sun spots, acne scars, or freckles, an orange concealer can be a miracle-worker. Follow-up with the same protocol as the green concealer after application.
1. Apply your concealer in a natural light so that you ensure it’s the correct shade for your skin tone and you don’t overdo it.
2. Use a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly if you want to conceal blemishes or imperfections on your body.
3. Concealer can also double as an eyeshadow primer and brow highlighter.
4. Line the outside of your lips with concealer to prevent feathering.
5. Highlight and contour with concealer by choosing two shades lighter and two shades darker than your natural skin tone.