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The Secret Tricks to Using Concealers to Really Conceal

11 May, 2016
By BeYou[tiful]
With some bonus time and money saving ideas... Have you ever despaired when you have tried to cover up a nasty pimple with foundation and concealer and are still seeing some redness peeking through? Or you never seem to really cover up those dreaded under eye circles?

There is a very simple trick which you can use to correct this. It’s all based upon the colour wheel. Just think back to when you were taught that opposite colours on the colour wheel cancel each other out. Well that’s the simple trick you need to counter all the blemishes you see on your face. A red pimple will get cancelled out by using its opposite colour green. And those blueish tinges under your eyes will disappear if you counter them with yellow or orange.

The process is simple.

Step 1: Prep your face with your normal moisturising and priming routine.

Step 2: Use complementary concealer colours to cancel out the ones on your face and wait for the magic to happen.
To cover up the redness of a pimple or flushed cheeks use the mint green concealer from the Palladia Color Correcting concealer range (in either a liquid or stick). Blend in by dabbing lightly.
For those stubborn blue under eye circles or veins on your cheeks, apply a yellow concealer like Physicians Formula’s Concealer Twins®2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream Concealer (a bonus is that this product is double ended with a neutral concealer shade on the other end).
A yellow concealer however may not be good enough to counteract bluish tones on darker skin. In this case, use an orange. While it seems a bit odd, one of the best oranges we’ve found is LA Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick in Pinch Me. You can also try an unusual tip that really works - look for an orange/orange red lipstick to perform the same trick.

Step 3: Apply your foundation with a light patting motion so you don’t rub off the concealer underneath.
Finish off by patting on a neutral skin tone concealer in a V shape under your eyes and any other problems areas on your face.
For the best results, choose a colour one shade lighter than your skin. Again do not rub and apply the product sparingly – you don’t want big globs of product beneath your eyes which will crease.
If you are a fan of sticks, try Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer. For lovers of liquids, melt proof Revlon Colorstay Concealer is a good option with the added bonus of long wear without creasing.

Step 4: Lightly dust a translucent powder to help set your makeup. It’s not a good idea to use a shaded powder as this can lead to creases and cakiness under your eyes.

Step 5: Finish off with your normal makeup routine.

And for those of you who are looking for some little multipurpose tips, did you know that concealers can also be used instead of primers and can also help with a little bit of highlighting and contouring?

Prime lips and eyes

To improve lipstick wear, prevent bleeding and smooth out lines, pat a little neutral concealer onto your lips before you apply your lipstick.  And for priming and reducing redness around your eyes you just need to lightly apply a little concealer with your ring finger all over your lid before eyeshadow application.

Contouring and highlighting

Two different shades of concealer can also be used for basic contouring and highlighting. It's best that you use a colour two shades darker (contouring) or two shades lighter (highlighting) than your normal skin tone. They’re a little heavier than powders so be sure to blend them properly into your skin.

To highlight, apply the lighter shade to all the high points of your face- on the centre panel from your middle forehead, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupids bow and the centre of the chin, finishing off with a sweep across the tops of your cheekbones. Use the darker shade under the lower jawbone and to sculpt out contours under your cheekbones, sweeping up to the side temples close to the hairline. Finish off with two lines on either side of your nose and underneath the lower lip.
 
Beauty vlogger and makeup artist Heidi Hamoud shows you how to cover up in this full video tutorial
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