Most likely you’ve been there. Standing in a drugstore, or even a company specializing in cosmetics, and you stare blankly at the brightly lit products offering an array of choices with little to no explanation–not just a few products, but hundreds of products.
Whether you’ve been wearing makeup for awhile, or you’re a rookie looking to up your face game, makeup can be overwhelming. Both experimenting with new products and simply buying makeup for the first time is daunting. If you’re new to makeup, words like primer, foundation, concealer, BB cream, CC cream, etc., can be confusing and the products themselves rarely have directions or explanations.
One such product that contributes to this frustration is concealer. It’s not only offered in different formulas and mediums, but it also ranges in color and caters to a variety of different skin issues. Are you confused yet?
What is concealer for? Unlike foundation which evens out skin tone, concealer is used to better conceal unwanted skin flaws and discoloration. Some of these flaws include pimples, under eye circles, scars, bruises, and skin discoloration resulting in anything from rosacea to broken capillaries. Concealer comes in a wide array of options and can be applied just about anywhere on the body to completely conceal unwanted flaws.
What does concealer help with?
Concealer is the “duct tape” of the makeup world. It can temporarily fix most any skincare problem if it’s used correctly. While concealer is most often applied to the face, it can also be used on other parts of the body to conceal flaws. Have stretch marks, scars, or varicose veins? There’s a concealer that can help.
What do you use concealer for?
Whether you’ve had a late night and 6am feels way too early, took a long flight and feel jet lagged, or stressed at a new job which resulted in some unwanted blemishes, concealer can help reverse these flaws.
Concealer is meant to do just that: conceal. It often provides more coverage and longer wear than foundation and can be used to conceal under eye bags, skin discoloration, pimples, scars, bruises, stretch marks, varicose veins etc. Some concealers can even have the ability to fully cover unwanted tattoos.
Should I use concealer? Is it really necessary?
If you’re already blessed with flawless skin that rarely if ever is subject to dreaded pimples or discoloration, then perhaps a concealer isn’t necessary; however, most makeup artists agree that not only should you own one trustworthy concealer, but rather you should have multiple concealers that cater to different issues.
For instance, you may already have perfect skin, but who’s to say you won’t bump your forehead and get a nasty bruise, or accidentally anger your cat and end up with a scratch? A concealer helps maintain confidence amid temporary and permanent flaws.
How do I know which concealer to choose
Choosing a concealer can be tricky unless you have a little know-how. Because everyone has individual skin tones with individual needs, there is not a one size fits all concealer, but experts agree that you should usually go with a tone 1-2 times lighter than your own.
If your skin is more on the pinkish side, you should choose a tone with a yellow base to offset the pink. On the other hand, if your skin is more yellow, you may want a concealer tone containing pinkish hues.
In addition, you may actually need different concealers for different seasons. Skin often becomes a little darker in the summer, and to avoid white raccoon eyes, you may not be able to use the same concealer you would during winter months.
Not only is it important to consider your skin tone when purchasing the right concealer, but you also need to consider what you’re specifically using the concealer for. For example, if you’re trying to cover a red inflamed pimple, green tones are best to eliminate the red, but these tones will not help eliminate dark under eyes. Rather, you may end up with grayish under eyes that appear a little corpse-like instead of the flawless look you were probably intending.
While concealers tinted pink, yellow, or green are already numerous, these tips are just the basics! There are way more than just three shades of yellow, pink, or green, and remember that concealers not only come in different shades, but different mediums as well (creams, sticks, liquids).
What is the best way to apply concealer?
Applying concealer comes with just as many options as choosing one, but there are some basic tricks to the trade. Three main application processes apply, but remember that sometimes experimentation produces what’s best for your skin.
We’ve all heard that using your fingers to apply makeup is a definite no-no. Fingers are clumsy and spread germs promoting clogged pores, but some makeup experts swear by using fingertips for areas like under eyes. The warmth of fingertips can help melt the makeup and let it glide easily on the skin.
Some makeup artists also agree that it’s the best way to apply coverage for raised skin flaws and pimples as well. Furthermore, fingertips work with all mediums of concealer, and more importantly, they’re quick to use as well as free.
2. Concealer brush
Concealer brushes are small thin brushes with short, stiff bristles. Using a concealer brush is the more professional route to take, and this method also works well to create a flawless finish with all mediums of concealer although liquids and creams generally work best. Using a concealer brush with stick concealer is possible, but will ultimately force the wearer to use more product than necessary and it may be hard to blend efficiently.
Concealer brushes are more hygienic than fingertips, but they do require an additional purchase and they need to be cleaned with regularity–something that many people often neglect to do.
Most makeup wearers have sponges to apply foundation already, and sponges can also work to apply concealer; however, using a sponge is probably one of the more difficult applications simply because it’s challenging to get into small creases and areas like the corners of the eyes.
Sponges also require cleaning unless they’re disposable and they tend to soak up more product than necessary. Like the concealer brush, purchasing one or more sponges is also an additional cost, and it’s probably better to put that money into the concealer itself.
While there are several tools used to apply concealer, it’s important to remember to “pat” and “dab” rather than rub, swab, or wipe. This is true especially when using fingertips and sponges, but brushes may include a bit of swabbing just because of the nature of the bristles.
Further application tips
Some experts argue whether to put on concealer before or after foundation, but most makeup artists agree that you should apply concealer after foundation to obtain ultimate coverage and avoid using more product than necessary.
Concealer can also be used to highlight certain areas of the face. Applying concealer right below the brow to the lash line before eye shadow can help make eyes look bigger, and applying it straight down the bridge of the nose in a thin line can help contour the nose. Once any concealer is applied, a light dusting of powder should be used all over the face to set both the foundation and concealer in order to keep it fresh and in place.
The next time you find yourself looking among the vast shelves of cosmetics in search of something both new and effective, check out the concealers and grab one or maybe even more than one to help achieve a more flawless look. You may think you don’t need another cosmetic, but if you’re trying to conceal any type of a flaw, a concealer is the only way to go. Whether you already have perfect skin or not, you never know what tomorrow holds in store when it comes to stress and environmental factors that can reek havoc on your skin.
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