Concealer was one of the first products I ever used. It was my gateway. I had so many different kinds of concealer back then and nothing has changed today. I have doubles and triples of every product, but we’re deviating! The wonders of concealer are endless. Its most common usage is to cover blemishes. I bet you’re thinking; why else would I use it? It is so much more than that! I’m very passionate about that little tube of product.
Quick uses of concealer:
dark circle eraser
eyelid primer (if your lids are not oily)
So much more than just blemishes! Okay, concealer I get a little excited about. But I mean come on you can theoretically do your whole face with just a little concealer here and there! Let’s start from the top.
- Covering Blemishes: Nobody likes a blemish. However, in order to cover it, it is fairly simple. You want to use a concealer that is the exact color as your skin color. With a concealer brush, dab concealer directly on the blemish and the surrounding area. Blend in the edges with your foundation or skin if you are not wearing a full face of makeup. You can also use a green tone concealer first before going in with your regular color concealer. The green tone will cancel out the redness of your blemish. If you use a green concealer only use a small amount. If you use too much the green will shine through and there will be a noticeable green spot on your face. Leave the green to the Grinch!
- Dark Circles: Even though you swear you got a goodnight sleep those pesky dark tones underneath your eyes just won’t leave! Besides using an eye cream in your daily skincare routine, you can trick those circles away with concealer. How you place the concealer is key. You do not want to dot or swipe product directly underneath your eye. Instead, place the concealer in a downward triangle shape. The triangle will bring light to underneath your eyes as well as provide a more even coverage. Don’t forget to blend it out!
- Highlighting: Fresh faced and bright eyed? Say no more, I’m game. Highlighting is not your typical fluorescent yellow marker pen. It’s another way to bring light to your face and execute features that you want. When I highlight with my concealer, I place it in my downward triangle shape, a stripe down the bridge of my nose, a little around my nostrils (I get redness around that area throughout the day), corners of my mouth (my mouth area is just a little darker than everywhere else on my face), my chin and the center of my forehead. My fiancé always says it looks like war paint when I put it all on. Putting concealer in those areas will draw the light to those parts of my face. That way my face doesn’t look so flat. Just remember to set these areas with your powder!
- Eyelid Primer: If you haven’t seen my previous post about eyelid primers, I’m a huge advocate for them. However, sometimes you may not have one handy or simply just want to forgo one. If you have dry eyelids, concealer is definitely an option for you. Place a dot or two on each lid and blend out how you normally would. The concealer will conceal the veins on your lids and provide an even canvas. Like you would an eyelid primer, just be sure to set it with a powder or an eyeshadow to make sure no creasing will occur.
- Contouring: a.k.a. the super intimidating beauty technique. You don’t need to know how to contour like a pro to do this techni
que, you just have to have a light hand. Taking a concealer shade that is much darker than what you would normally wear, draw a tiny line in the hollows of your cheeks. Make sure this line is no longer than an inch and half at most! We’re going to blend it out so it will work just fine. In addition, dot some concealer on your temples. Using a sponge or a brush, blend out this concealer as you would any other product keeping more of a focus to these concentrated areas. Think of this more as a cream bronzer instead of powder—same routine. This should give your face just a little more dimension but again it should not be harsh looking. You can either use this before applying foundation or after.
High-end Favorite Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape $24 for .33oz (super bargain if you ask me. Other high end concealers retail for $28 for only .16oz.) Only sold at Ulta
Drugstore Favorite Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me $6.99
Concealer is fantastic. Just remember to always set it with a powder! You can either use the baking technique, a banana powder (a yellow toned powder) to further brighten areas, or a regular face powder. A great banana powder I’ve used is by Anastasia Beverly Hills; her Banana Powder is incredible ($14). Hope you enjoyed this post and until next time, enjoy your war paint!