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Apply concealer the right way
August 28, 2017, 5:25 pm

Concealers work wonders for your face, but they can sometimes suddenly slip up and expose your most nerve-racking flaws, or instead of helping you solve a problem, make it into a bigger mess.

In hopes of helping you navigate the difficult world of concealers, here is some expert advice.

Using the same concealer for dark circles and pimples: Unfortunately, it's a rare concealer that performs equally well for every need. How to use concealer and foundation to hide a pimple is different than how to apply concealer for dark circles, for example. Not all types of concealers are created equally.

For the best coverage, you probably need to choose one concealer for blemishes and dark spots and another for under-eye circles. Under-eye concealer should be less dry and thick in texture and consistency compared to pimple concealer. You want to make sure your pimple concealer stays put, while your under-eye skin is delicate and thinner, and you want a concealer that won't settle into fine lines. So think rich and almost pasty for spot concealer and something light, fluid, and buildable for circles.

Oh, also, color here matters. If dark circles are your main concern, combat them with a peach-toned concealer to help balance out the blue. Then, once the peach is well-blended, go over that with the foundation and concealer you use on the rest of your face. This will ensure those darker areas are well-hidden.

Applying concealer at the wrong time:  It is actually better to apply foundation first—even if it's just a light layer on the areas that need it most. By minimizing spots and surprisingly fully hiding some of them), this reduces the amount of product you end up needing to apply. That means a more natural finish in the end—plus less overall makeup on days you want to feel fresh-faced.

Not setting your concealer with powder: As with everything pertaining to looking good, it's all about layering. Sometimes even the most stay-put concealer needs a crucial final step: powder. It's the best way to lock that color in place so it's going nowhere. With newer pimples the skin can be taut, so setting concealer with powder is important so it won't move. Once you start treating the pimple, you may want to skip this step. Some pimples can be drier, because it's been treated with salicylic acid, so adding powder may make it look especially dry. In this case, less is more and you can skip the powder.

Keeping your concealer past its expiration date: Over a long period of time, some concealers in tubes will start to break down and may darken or appear discolored, or even separated. Or the product may begin to dry up. It might not smell right, or it might feel oily, or grainy, or have other issues. All are signs it's time for a fresh start. Likewise, if at any point you notice your concealer is looking more orange or just doesn't match your skin like it used to, toss it. Changes in color are often indicative of problems in the product—microbial growth, oxidation—so that is a good indicator that it's time to buy a new tube. Most of these products are designed to last for two years unopened on the store shelf, but it's probably a good idea to use them up within six to nine months after opening.


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