Concealer can improve your skin's appearance dramatically, but only if it's invisible. The secret to concealing is applying the concealer just to the area of discoloured or scarred skin. As a rule of thumb your concealer should be one or two shades lighter than your skin. The exception is when you are covering blemishes, scars and tattoos, where you apply the concealer after the foundation, and thus will need a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly, so that it doesn't stand out. Most people need a yellow-based, not pink-based concealer, because it flatters all skin types. The exception is dark or black skin, which looks better in orange-based concealers.
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Formulations and Textures
Concealer comes in various formulas and textures. Tube concealer has a creamier texture, which is lighter and less likely to collect in fine lines, making it great for mature skins. Wand concealers offer the lightest texture and are excellent for evenly out skin tones. Pencil concealers cover tiny imperfections like broken capillaries, blemishes and other tiny flaws such as an uneven lip line.Highlight reflecting products help to hide flaws but don't actually cover. Common Skin Concerns
The skin around the eye is very thin and fragile. For mature skin, concealer is best applied delicately and sparingly on the fingertip.
Before applying concealer always prep the skin first by applying an eye cream and letting it soak in for 2-3 minutes, before blotting any excess with a tissue. The skin under the eye tends to be dry, so moisturising the area will prevent your concealer from caking.
Then take a brush and apply concealer along the line of demarcation - where the discolouration begins on your skin. When applying your foundation be careful not to wipe away the concealer underneath. When covering under-eye puffiness, apply concealer to your dark circles first. Then apply your foundation, before stippling on a lighter concealer just underneath the puffiness. Skin Imperfections
To minimise facial blemishes, you will need a dry-textured concealer so that it will cling better to the skin. Apply your foundation first and then using a concealer that matches your skin exactly, apply the concealer directly to the blemish with a small pointy brush. It is important to apply the concealer only to the areas of discoloration. Then stipple the outer edges with your fingertips and gently blend into the skin. To correct age spots or brown spots, apply concealer only to the areas of discolouration. Otherwise if you apply concealer beyond the line of demarcation, you will lighten the skin that is already the correct colour. After applying stipple the edges to blend and finish by stippling foundation on top. Ivory and beige skin tones should use a yellowy concealer. For darker skin tones an orange-based concealer works best.
Then using a brush, apply a concealer to the scar and blend the edges. The concealer and the powder will mix together to form a drier textured concealer that will stick.
Makeup or any cosmetics are applied to enhance the beauty of a person.
- Never apply makeup in dark or dim lights.
- Never overdo eye makeup. Some beauty experts suggest on applying a primer before foundation however others don't. If one chooses to apply a primer, just remember not to massage the primer in as it can cause skin irritation and never apply anything on the face without cleansing and prepping the skin.
- Never apply multiple moisturizers. While moisturizers are great for the skin, it can cause skin irritations too and skin breakouts if overly done.