We can help you choose an under-eye concealer that genuinely covers dark circles and a concealer that blurs away imperfections. As if picking the perfect foundation for your skin type wasn’t difficult enough, finding the best concealer for your individual requirements is a separate endeavor.
We spoke with several beauty experts for tips on choosing (and applying) concealer like a pro. Here is what we got to know!
How To Apply Concealer
For foundation makeup, an even complexion with no dry areas is desirable. Whose under-eyes, on the other hand, fit that description? (Nobody’s, as the response, implies.) For any areas you’re hiding, we recommend using a moisturizer or eye cream to provide “a smooth application, enabling the concealer to mix smoothly.”
When it comes to hiding blemishes, ‘pinpoint concealing’ is the greatest method. Apply in a crosshatch pattern, working up to your desired amount of coverage with light layers of product from the top to bottom of the imperfection and then from left to right. Pat the concealer around the borders to melt it into the surrounding skin after it’s finished.
Next, it’s all about technique for hiding under eyes. Apply a tiny quantity of concealer to the inner corner of the eye and a small amount to the outer corner, tugging upwards in the direction of the temple, for a universally attractive lift effect. For a bright, wide-awake under eye, blend with a concealer brush. Isn’t that clever?
Choosing The Right Concealer Color
Concealers exist in various forms, textures, and consistency, ranging from liquid to cream to stick and beyond. Finding the correct formula and tone for whatever problem you’re attempting to conceal is the key. A brief reference guide:
- Shade: For undereye circles, choose a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone, which “will brighten up the under-eye region and conceal the dark circles,” according to Whelan. To soften the dark brown tint of dark spots, seek peach undertones. To mask acne, attempt to match your skin tone as closely as possible, or use a green or yellow-tinted product to help neutralize the redness.
- Finish: Look for concealers with radiant or luminizing formulations for dark circles and under-eye discoloration. Look for a long-lasting matte finish that will remain in place all day for acne and dark spots. Avoid anything glittery or overly thick for aged skin, as it will look unnatural. Instead, use a liquid concealer with medium coverage and use it sparingly.
- Formula: Our experts favor liquid solutions for concealing around the eyes since creams may settle into small creases and wrinkles on this thinner skin. Choose a thicker cream formula like a stick concealer for pimples and acne, as well as sunspots, black spots, hyperpigmentation, or age spots, since they’re meant to remain put.
How To Repair Concealer Wrinkles
Let’s face it, creases are an unavoidable part of life. With primer, sparing application, and setting powder, you can keep them away (for a while). But if this happens (and it will), just use your ring finger to gently massage the best concealer into the skin.