As any woman can tell you, the right concealer can work wonders. It can help camouflage a blemish, hide dark under eye circles, diminish redness and act as a base for a flawless foundation. Applying concealer can, however, be challenging leaving an obvious spot on the face that draws more attention to the imperfection than if you had simply gone barefaced.
Let’s start with the basics. It is critical that you correctly color match your foundation. This can be done by testing a color on the underside of your wrist or arm as this skin closely resembles the texture and shade of the face. Always seek natural light to check that the color matches perfectly as in-store lighting can alter the color.
Once you have the correct shade for your skin tone, you can begin application. Start on a clean face. Apply moisturizer after washing to ensure that your skin is hydrated and a primer to ensure your products have lasting power. Then top with an eye cream. Be sure to use sparingly, however, or your concealer will run the risk of creasing and sliding on the skin. Follow with an oil-free concealer in the inner and outer corners of the eye, and tap with your fingers until blended. The pressing motion is ideal for concealer, as a dragging motion from a brush or beauty blender can often leave streaks or rub the concealer off the desired area. If you have a Color Me automatic makeup application device, you can also use this here with the disposable sponges. The buffing motion will mimic the tapping of your fingers and evenly distribute the concealer on the skin.
If you are attempting to cover a blemish start by first applying a bit of moisturizer to the area if it is dry. Here, you may want to reach for a bit of greenish tinted concealer as that will help to neutralize the red tone. Pat on over the blemish, blending well. Then top with your skin-matched concealer, pressing gently into place.
Complete the look by topping with a liquid or powder foundation, a light blush or bronzer and a swipe of mascara.