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Valuable Tips on How to Use Concealers to Really Conceal

12 Feb, 2019
By BeYou[tiful]
Have you ever despaired when you have tried to cover up a nasty pimple with 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 that all makeup pros use to correct this. It’s all about the magic of opposite colours on the colour wheel cancelling each other out, and in doing so, colour correcting the blemish or mark. A red pimple will be cancelled out by using its opposite colour green. And those blueish tinges under your eyes will disappear if you counter them with yellow, peach or orange.

But concealing is not only about colour correcting. The best concealer covers discolorations, lightens dark areas, hides blemishes, and works together with your foundation to give you the even skin tone and flawless finish you’ve always wanted.

Most of us are guilty of just grabbing and dabbing on our concealer and hoping for the best. But there’s a lot more to it than just that. Firstly, you have to pick the right concealer for your skin type and cover-up requirements. Then you need to ensure that you are prepping your face and applying your concealer properly for a perfect cover up without any uneven patches or cakiness.

Read on for some tips to help you make your concealers really work for you and your skin…

What Type of Concealer Is for You?

It's so easy to just pick up any old concealer and hope that will sort out all your problems. However, different concealer textures are suited to different skin types, and using the wrong one can actually exaggerate certain skin conditions.
  • Liquid concealer: best for normal, oily/combo, sensitive and acne-prone skin. This type is the most versatile as it offers light to medium coverage, is buildable and suited to most skin types (except dry). It's a better option for covering up pimples, is less likely to settle in those creases under your eyes and to clog pores.

  • Stick concealer: best suited to normal, dry and sensitive skins. Coverage tends towards medium to full so this type is not suitable for oily/combo skins as it tends to clog pores. Dot or swipe it on and then lightly stipple it with the edge of your finger or a concealer brush in an outwards feathery motion.

  • Cream concealer: best for normal, dry, combination, or sensitive skin. This also provides medium to full coverage and is most likely to be found in a palette or pot. It is one of the best options for covering discolorations (think under eyes and dark marks). Apply by stippling on with a finger or brush.

Which One to Choose?

It all depends upon what you want to achieve.

Most of us will need a little bit of help covering up blemishes, pimples, skin discolorations or under eye circles, which means some form of colour correcting. Some of us have dull skin and need to brighten up our skin tone. Still others have dark pigmentation marks which require a total cover up.

We also all need a basic flesh-toned concealer to blend seamlessly over our foundation to even out our skin so we can achieve that ultimate flawless finish. Choose one that blends well with your underlying skin tone (a warm olive/yellow, cool red/pink or neutral). Many beauty experts recommend one shade lighter than your skin (so it doesn't look muddy when applied), but this can sometimes highlight the very problem you are trying to solve. It may work by lifting your eyes but you don't really want to highlight that pimple - do you? In this case, try to match a concealer as close to your skin tone as possible.

The bottom line is that unless you have perfect skin (lucky you!), you will probably have to invest in a few different concealers. Sounds complicated? It's actually not that hard - you just need to know which colour corrector and concealer are best for which condition and you'll have your skin sorted in no time.
  • Best for colour correcting. Yes, these concealers are green, yellow, peach, orange, pink and lilac. And, yes, you will want to put these little miracle workers on your face.

    The basic rules are mint green to cover anything red (including pimples), yellow, peach or orange for dark spots and under eyes, lilac to lift a yellowish tint, and pink to neutralise light spots and perk up skin. See our full inside story on how to decode colour correcting for all skin problems and skin tones.

    The basic rules of concealing are to apply your colour corrector first, followed by your foundation, and finish off with your skin toned concealer.

    Our product picks:
    • LA Girl's HD Pro Concealer is crease-resistant, long wearing and very purse friendly. Within their range they have orange for dark spots on medium/deep skin tones, yellow for purple/blue undertones on medium/light skins, green for those red spots, and lavender to get rid of unwanted yellow undertones and sallowness.
    • Physicians Formula Concealer Twins 2in1 Correct and Cover Cream Concealer which is super convenient as it joins together a colour corrective and a light, flesh-tone cream concealer to help you achieve flawless-looking skin. They have options with both a green and yellow colour corrector.

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  • Best for under eye circles and brightening. Under-eye concealers are the best way to cover up dark circles and disguise any signs of late nights (or very early mornings). The skin under your eyes is very delicate so the best concealer for this area will be feather-light but still good enough to cover up shadows, as well as conceal any pesky lines. Many under eye correctors have light reflecting particles to help open up and brighten the entire eye area.

    Our product picks:
    • Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. This super-concentrated treatment concealer is Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl™ and features a micro-corrector applicator to help instantly erase dark circles and fine lines.
    • Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer is a lightweight, hydrating formula which erases the appearance of dark circles with colour correcting pigments to brighten skin around the eyes.
    • Clarins Instant Concealer. Smooth fine lines and banish shadows and imperfections while boosting radiance. Aloe and green coffee help soothe and lift the eye area. Lightweight and smoothing, this under eye concealer is a make-up bag must.
    • Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Dark Circle Corrector Plus Concealer. Dual-ended stainless-steel roller applicators deliver cream concealer with potent skin care ingredients, instantly colour-correcting dark circles, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and brightening the eye area. Yellow colour-corrects dark under-eye circles. Light covers yellow or can be used alone on any imperfection.
    Under eye circles can be a real challenge for some of you and may need a little more to help to reduce them. Here's a neat 30-second trick which can help lift those eyes.
  • Best for blemishes and dark marks.  Much like an under-eye concealer, this one needs to even out your skin tone while covering any blemishes or redness. The only difference? You don't want the lightening and brightening effect. When you're aiming to hide redness or blemishes, you don't want to attract attention to the area. So look for a product without the brighteners.

    There are a number of options which are perfect for hiding the odd pimple or other imperfections. If you have oily skin that needs coverage that won't slip throughout the day, or you're looking for a melt-proof concealer for summer, opt for a long wear product such as Revlon Colorstay.

    Once you have applied your colour corrector and foundation, the best way to apply concealer onto a blemish is to layer some onto a thin brush, dab directly onto the spot, and lightly tap and blend. Try avoiding rubbing it on with your fingers as it tends to go on unevenly which just emphasises the bump.

    Our product picks:

  • Best for camouflage. For when you need a little more than a light cream concealer, then Coverderm concealer is for you. A unique dermaceutical especially formulated to conceal dark eye circles, blemishes and sunspots all day long. A big bonus - this one includes a high SPF 30 and anti-aging vitamins A and E to offer you that little extra bit of protection and care.

  • The all-rounder. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices, then try Catrice’s AllRound Concealer Palette which offers a whole range of options for the girl who wants convenience in one package. With this set of five shades, it's easy to even out small skin irregularities (beige shades), magic away dark shadows under your eyes (pink shades) and cover up redness (green shade). And application is super easy thanks to the creamy texture.

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How to Apply Your Concealer

The process is simple and a lot easier than you think. The main rule to remember is to colour correct your skin before you apply your foundation and only after this, dot on and blend in your normal concealer to finish your skin off to a flawless finish.
  • Prep your face with your usual moisturising and priming routine.

  • Use complementary colour correcting 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 a mint green concealer.
    • For those stubborn blue under eye circles, dark marks or veins on your cheeks, apply a yellow or peach concealer.
    • A yellow or peach however may not be good enough to counteract bluish under eye tones on darker skin. In this case, it's best to use an orange or red concealer.
    • If you have a light skin and your under-eye circles or blemishes are not too dark, try a pink to brighten up all those uneven patches on your skin.
    • To help reduce a yellow tinge and brighten up your skin, use a lilac concealer.

  • Apply your foundation with a light patting or stippling motion so you don't rub off the concealer underneath.

  • Even out your skin tone by patting on a flesh toned concealer in a V shape under your eyes and to address any other problems areas on your face. For the best results, choose a colour one shade lighter than your skin for under eyes and a close skin match for any other blemishes. Again, do not rub and apply the product sparingly - you don't want big globs of product beneath your eyes which will crease, or a thick uneven layer on blemishes which will just draw attention to them. The key is to blend it in lightly, preferably by tapping and stippling with a small concealer brush - and blend again. Did we mention blend?

  • Set your makeup with a light dusting of translucent powder or using a fixing spray. It's not a good idea to use a shaded powder as this can lead to creases and cakiness under your eyes.

  • Finish off with your normal makeup routine.

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