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What does concealer do? And how to apply it correctly

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What does concealer do?

Concealer is meant to be used sparingly to hide discoloration, blemishes, and dark undereye circles.

There is a misconception that it is a miracle product that can hide everything. That is where the grey area comes in. Yes, concealers can hide a lot, but it is not an “end all, be all” product.

Concealers are not intended for use on your entire face. A good majority of concealers tend to be heavier and more concentrated than foundations because the skin under the eye is thinner and needs more color correction. So if you are going for a more natural look, it is going to be a lot more work trying to sheer it out for use on the whole face.

Whether you use a color correcting concealer, stick concealer, or even a green concealer, you’ll know exactly what concealer does.

How to Apply Concealer Correctly

After learning what does concealer do, the first step is to choose your shade:

Concealers come in a variety of shades and colors, so analyze your skin first to determine what you need. Are you trying to cover up acne, under eye circles, scars or birthmarks? Once you decide what you want to conceal, you can choose the appropriate color and shade. Use the color wheel to help you figure out which color corrector to use.

Decide what type of concealer you want to use

Concealers come in many different forms. There are liquids, sticks, potted creams, and pencils. These all offer various types of coverage, and some may be better for certain skin types than others.

If you have large pores and oily skin, you may want to avoid cream or stick concealers, as they may make your pores look bigger. Look for a liquid concealer instead.

Prep your face

Before you apply any concealer, wash your face with a mild face cleanser and apply a moisturizer. Use makeup remover and a Q-tip to get rid of any darkness under the eyes that might be the result of old mascara. Cover up your under eye circles.

Use a concealer brush or your fingertips (the former is more sanitary) to dab concealer under the eyes. Apply the concealer in the shape of an upside down triangle. Draw a triangle from one end of the eye to the other, bringing the point down the cheek to your nose crease. Blend the concealer in around the edges, so that there is not a noticeable change in tone between your skin and the concealer.

Applying concealer to acne and spots

If you have any acne, dark spots, sun spots, scars, or birthmarks, this is the time to cover them up. Dab your concealer onto the top of each mark, and then blend softly outwards to your skin. Use a thin layer of concealer to avoid having a caked-on look, and apply more if necessary.

Apply the foundation

Once you applied the concealer to your liking, the next step is the foundation. Choose between liquid, cream, powder, or mist foundations to create a smooth skin tone and a blank canvas for the rest of your makeup.

In knowing what does concealer do, choosing the right one, and applying it correctly, you can add dimension to the face by applying your favorite bronzer, blush or highlighter, which will set off your entire makeup look.

The next time someone asks, “what does concealer do?”,  you’ll have the answer.

Valerie Stitt lives in New York as a professional freelance writer, blogger, and content marketer. Follow Valerie on her health blog, Halfmile Fitness