If there’s one product in our beauty kit that we can always depend on, it’s concealer. It’s our go-to for hiding dark circles and pesky pimples, but we also love it for its ability to improve our beauty routine beyond covering and concealing. Read on for nine concealer hacks that will get you through any beauty dilemma.
It's a cruel irony that, as we age, we have more to conceal but tons of concealer can emphasize fine lines and make us look older than we care to be. Marie Bullock, Co-Lead Trainer of Blushington explains, "If you struggle with caking and cracking, try reducing the amount of powder being used. If the cracking still occurs take a pea-sized amount of moisturizer and lightly tap the moisturizer under the dry areas. This technique will bring back some of the moisture that your skin is lacking and will act as a magic eraser for those fine lines and dry spots."
For delicate areas, think under your eyes, you want your concealer to blend seamlessly. An easy way to do this is to warm up your concealer for at least 30 seconds before you start blending. “Once warmed, tap and press it into the skin, which will ensure the product is worked in and won’t settle into your fine lines,” shares Stila Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry, Sarah Lucero.
To brighten your undereye area, “apply concealer in a triangle shape, which not only conceals dark circles but also brings the focus to your eyes for a youthful, glowing look,” states Marie.
When we've been a little heavy-handed with our eyeliner, we use concealer to cleanup our edges. Simply dab a dot of concealer on the edge of your eyeliner and blend to give it a sharp, clean finish.
Applying concealer before swiping on your pout with your favorite shade primes the lips to give you long-lasting wear and it also neutralizes your lips’ natural hue for a truer color.
Make your brows pop by lining them above and below with a concealer that's one shade lighter. Use the warmth of your ring finger to blend it in for full bold brows.
If you can't justify spending the money on an eyeshadow primer, apply a thin layer of concealer on your lids pre-eyeshadow application. This will prevent creasing and the dreaded raccoon eyes.
Select a concealer one shade lighter and one shade darker to create a perfect color-matched highlight and contour on your face.
Before applying powder over your concealer, “take a damp sponge and go over the newly concealed areas, this will ensure your concealer is blende fully and provide a natural-looking finish,” says Sarah.