Every make-up artist’s top tips usually begin with “conceal, conceal, conceal,” but to the average make-up user, this is more complicated than it sounds. What should you be concealing, what type of concealer should you use and how should you apply it? Before you start experimenting, read our concealer tips below to help you find the perfect product and learn how to apply it like a pro.
What concealer does:
Concealer is used to cover up imperfections on the surface of the skin. It is matched to your skin tone, and then used to hide breakouts, scars, redness and dark circles. As it contains more pigment than foundation does, it offers better coverage, thereby helping you get closer to a flawless complexion.
What to conceal:
Redness around your nose area, pigmentation or dark spots, dark circles under your eyes, scars, pimples and breakouts.
Different types of concealers and how to apply them:
Concealers are available in three forms: solid, liquid and powder.
Powder concealer offers the least amount of coverage, and can be used for dark under-eye circles and light blemishes. It is best applied with a brush in gently, circular movements. Though it is effective on light imperfections, it is probably the least common of the three types.
Liquid concealer offers more coverage than powder and blends easily with a thin concealer brush or with your fingers. It can be used on acne, but is best suited to dark under-eye circles. It’s best to select a liquid concealer one or two shades lighter than your complexion, and to apply it around the area with a brush. Gently bled it into the skin with your finger, but be careful not to rub or tug at the skin.
Solid concealers offer the most coverage, but cannot be blended into the skin. They normally come in a lipstick-like or pencil-like form. They are most suitable for covering pimples and scars and should not be used as an under-eye concealer (the rubbing of the pencil can damage the delicate area around the eyes).
If you’re looking to highlight and ligten an area on your skin and don’t need the full coverage of a foundation, opt for a highlighting pen instead. These usually give the skin a luminous glow and don’t offer much coverage.