Fact: The way you apply your concealer is just as important as the concealer itself. You can have the best one in the world, but if you apply it wrong, it does more harm than good. Think: Flaky patches, exaggerated fine lines, and big red pimples that show up an hour after you spent just as much time trying to hide them. And New Years day usually means most of us may have celebrated a little too hard the night before, so proper concealer techniques are a must today for covering up dark circles!
Whether you're covering up a breakout or trying to make dark circles disappear, there's a specific way to do it for maximum success. Read on for tips on how to perfect your concealer game.
COVER UP DARK CIRCLES
To cover up dark circles, order is everything. One of the best tips for hiding unwanted dark circles is using liquid foundation first before applying an undereye concealer. This provides a base to blend with the concealer for the perfect amount of coverage. After that, apply your concealer in a patting motion on the area, then press it in with a concealer brush or damp sponge. Don't smear or drag it! It will keep your concealer from caking and creasing.
Make sure to apply it on the inner corners of your eyes, as well. And avoid using concealer past your smile line, as this will enhance any crow's feet you may have. Last step: Sweep on a light, oil-absorbing setting powder to set your concealer in place so that it lasts all day.
Concealing redness is one of the main reasons we use concealer. But often times, it doesn't seem to stick where we need it most: around the nose. That's where setting powder comes in. After applying concealer, use an oil-absorbing setting powder. Makeup tends to come off the nose area more quickly, so you want to make sure the concealer is properly set in place to keep any redness hidden throughout the day.
In the winter (of if you have dry skin) make sure to moisturize this area beforehand to keep dry spots and flaking in check.
This one is probably the most common cover-up concern, and often the hardest. The good news: We have a layering trick to get smooth coverage on breakouts. Use an eye primer on blemishes before applying concealer. This will restore the velvety texture to the blemished skin, so concealer has something to stick to.
Start by sanitizing the zit with a hand sanitizer, then follow that with the primer, then concealer, then foundation. It may seem like a lot of extra steps, but if it means your pimple won't show up during the day, it's worth it!