Is it possible that you’ve been applying concealer wrong the whole time? Chances are, yes. But no worries, the pros sum it up in five easy steps.
The whole procedure can be a very tricky task. Which do you put first, the concealer or the foundation? How about if it matches with your skin? Does it? Maybe you’ve been applying it in the wrong way? Are your hand movements correct or not?
Uh. See? So many questions! How can one be sure? Well, the Huffington Post had the same dilemma, and they finally decided to arrive at a solution for this conundrum. So, they decided to ask a professional.
They’re the director of global artistry at Bobbi Brown, Marc Reagan, and Emily Kate Warren, a Los Angeles makeup artist. HuffPo asked them for the best tips and tricks for applying concealer correctly and evenly, as well as for how to identify the best products out there.
1. And apparently, there are two big mistakes people make with their concealer.
“The biggest mistake is that they don’t prep their eye with a hydrating eye cream. If your skin isn’t properly hydrated, concealer won’t lay down naturally and seamlessly. When applying concealer, people often miss the inner corner of the eye, where a lot of darkness or discoloration is found,” Reagan told the Huffington Post.
On the other hand, Warren says that the biggest problem people have with concealers is actually the color: “People choose a color that is too light. You think light covers dark circles, but actually you need [something] close to the rest of your skin color for the base coverage, then possibly you would add a brightener on top.”
2. As for how to choose the best concealer for yourself?
Try it out in person and test out dozens of shades until you find what you like.
“Always swatch the undereye with a few different concealer shades to check and make sure the color looks bright and that it also is skin tone correct,” Reagan explained. “Check it on the outer corner of the under eye and reference the brow bone. If the concealer is brighter than your brow bone, then it may be too light and bright, as the brow bone should be the lightest part of the face to help lift the eyes open.”
Warren chimed in too, adding that: “If possible, test [concealers] out in person. If you have dry skin you may like a more liquid or creamy version. If you have very oily skin, a dense, drier cream or creme-to-powder will work well.”
3. It’s your choice whether to apply concealer before or after.
“Often times if you apply concealer first, you’ll find that you need less foundation afterwards,” Reagan noted. “A lot of the discoloration and darkness in the face is under the eye. When you take that darkness away, you’ll be able to see where you need foundation throughout the rest of the face more easily. Typically, foundation is needed in the center of the face where there is usually discoloration or redness.”
On the other hand, Warren prefers to apply the concealer after the foundation, but she ultimately agrees it’s a preference thing: “You may be able to cover your darkness with foundation alone,” she said. “Or maybe you don’t wear foundation at all, then you just apply directly as needed.”
4. Apply it with a brush to make it look natural.
“I like to use a fluffy eye shadow brush, but sometimes when packing it on over very dark circles I like to use fingers,” Warren explained.
Reagan agreed, and added: “I always recommend that my clients apply it with a brush and make sure that the skin is prepped and hydrated first—this will prevent a dry or cakey finish under the eye.”
5. Finally, remember that less is more.
“Concealer is essential to adding to adding brightness to the face—our Instant Full Cover Concealer helps eliminate dark circles for a wide-awake and fresh look,” Regean told the Huffington Post, recommending Bobbi Brown.
But Warren cautioned makeup aficionados, reminding them that less is more!
“Use only as needed for darkness, redness or pimples and imperfections,” Warren advised. “It shouldn’t be spread all over your whole face.”
Well, worry not, reader – we’ve got you covered.