Concealer Tips & Tricks

Do you regularly use a concealer, but you’re not sure if you’re doing it the best way?  Or, have you wanted to try a concealer, but you’re not sure where to start?  I find that a lot of people like the idea of using one but aren’t educated on the most effective tips.

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Best Concealer Tips with Bonus Makeup Tips:

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First, before applying any makeup, you should be using a primer.  Now, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I even knew what primer was.  Think of it as if you are painting a room in your house:  You have to prepare the wall.  Most people are going to apply a coat of primer to help fill in cracks, smooth out the surface, and make the paint application easier.

Makeup primer does the same thing for your face.  It’s going to help smooth out your skin, fill in fine lines, and it provides a barrier between your face and your makeup.  This helps prevent your makeup from soaking into your skin, which gives it a more flawless look while keeping it in place longer throughout the day.

I’m to the point now where I won’t wear makeup without using primer.

So, you’ll want to apply primer all over your face, and then move on to your eye makeup.  This gives the primer a chance to set.  Plus, if you happen to get any eye makeup on your face, you don’t have to worry about messing up your foundation when you clean it up.


Now, when you’re ready to start applying your face makeup and concealer, there are a few things you should keep in mind to get the best results.

1.  Apply your foundation first.  Say what?!  Yes, it’s true.  Many of us were taught to apply concealer, then foundation.  And then, maybe even concealer again if needed.    However, this process can cause your makeup to look cakey and unnatural.

Foundation Tip 1:  Apply your foundation down the center of your face, and then blend out.  This gives a more natural look near your hair line and jaw line because the coverage will thin out as you spread the foundation further from the center of your face.

Foundation Tip 2:

Choose a foundation shade that matches your neck.  Contrary to popular belief, matching to your face or the inside of your wrist doesn’t give a good match.  If you’re like me, your face is lighter than your neck.  Therefore, if you apply a foundation shade that matches your face, you will look “washed out”.  So, you want to choose a shade that matches your neck so you get a nice, smooth transition.

2.  Don’t look cakey.  The reason you apply foundation before using concealer is because you are going to get some coverage from your foundation.  Then, once you see what kind of coverage you need, you can spot treat with concealer.  Using this technique helps you use less concealer, which saves you money.   It also helps give a more flawless finish.

3.  Concealer under your eyes.  First, when choosing a concealer shade for under your eyes (presumably to conceal dark circles), you want to choose a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation.  This will help brighten the area and provide a natural-looking highlight when applied in a V-shape (read on to learn this technique).

Second, you want to choose a concealer with a dewy finish.   A dewy finish is going to give a more natural look.  A matte (or powder) finish, can make fine lines more noticable and make the area look dry.


4.  Concealer on your face.  If you plan to use concealer to spot treat specific areas on your face (i.e. blemishes, sunspots, etc.), you’ll want to choose a concealer that matches your foundation shade.  This will help give you a more flawless look with even coverage where you need it the most.

5.  Tools to apply concealer.  My favorite way to apply concealer is to use a blending bud.  These sponges are reusable and versatile as they can be use with powder, BB Cream, and more.  Using a blending bud with concealer helps give excellent coverage because you are using a dabbing motion to apply it.  (Find this at 11:20 in the video I shared above.)

Blending Bud Tip:  Soak the blending buds thoroughly with water.  Then, wring them out and pat dry.  This will reduce the amount of makeup product that soaks into the sponge, which saves you money in the long run.

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The other option for applying concealer is to use a concealer brush.  The brush helps give smooth coverage by using a swiping motion vs. the dabbing motion of the blending buds.  In a pinch, you can also use this brush for eye shadow or even as a lip brush!  (Find this at 9:15 in the video I shared above.)

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6.  Applying concealer in a V-shape.  Using a V-shape technique will give you more of a natural highlight look, as opposed to looking like you were wearing goggles in a tanning bed.  Plus, it will give you additional coverage and a smooth transition to your foundation.


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