Concealer is a makeup must have – but so many of us are using it incorrectly! We’ve gathered up five of the most common concealer mistakes that are preventing you from attaining complexion perfection. These little tips and tricks will help you to make the most of your concealer and give you that flawless skin you’ve been searching for.
1. Using The Wrong Shade
A lot of us seem to have come across tips in our youth that encouraged us to use the lightest shade of concealer. Forget this immediately.
- For pimples, you want your concealer to match your skin exactly. If your concealer is too light or too dark you’ll end up making the spot more obvious.
- For dark circles you should use a concealer that is slightly lighter than your skin, as this will help to neutralize the area.
2.Getting Your Formulas Mixed Up
Different areas require different types of concealer – a highlighting concealer is just going to make your pimples glow, while a heavy acne concealer is going to sink straight into the fine lines around your eyes. You really need two different products in your makeup kit.
Pimples, dark spots and other imperfections require a very pigmented formula that won’t budge once it is applied. A liquid concealer with a stick or brush works wonders, as does a cream concealer in a pot or palette like Sleek Makeup Corrector and Concealer.
Dark circles can be covered with a highlighting formula that adds a gentle glow to your skin. This helps to brighten the area and add more light to your face. Sleek Makeup Luminaire Concealer is super easy to brush onto your eye contours. You can also use a highlighter like Chella Ivory Lace Pencil if you don’t have a concealer on hand. It brightens the area and has enough coverage to neutralize dark circles.
3. Using Your Products Out Of Order
What comes first – concealer or foundation? There is a definitive answer to this riddle but it depends on what type of foundation you use.
Liquid foundation or BB Cream should always be applied first. This gives your concealer something to grab onto. You want to blend the concealer into your foundation for a seamless finish. For a flawless complexion set your makeup with a light powder – Savoir Faire Concealer is a winner in this case because it actually comes with a finishing powder.
Powder foundation is the exact opposite. Start with primer or moisturiser so there’s a base on your skin, and then apply the concealer to the affected areas. Lightly buff your powder foundation on top to finish.
4. Not Using A Brush On Blemishes
Pimple and dark spot concealer is best applied with a brush. It can be hard getting the right amount of coverage in just one go. Use too little concealer and you won’t cover your spot, use too much and you’ll never be able to blend it in!
Start small, and brush a little amount of concealer over the pimple so that you can see it sitting on top. Then lightly tap and stroke it into your skin with the brush. Don’t push or rub too hard – you don’t want it to dissolve into your skin. You just want it to seamlessly blend in with your foundation while still covering everything up.
Step back and examine the area. Can you still see the blemish or dark spot? Add a little more and blend it in with the brush until you’re happy with your coverage.
5. Using Your Fingers At The Wrong Time
It’s fine to use your fingers in some cases!
Fingers on a blemish are a definite no-no. A clean brush is always preferable, as you can very easily transfer more bacteria onto a pimple with your fingers.
However, patting an undereye concealer like theBalm Time Balm into the dark shadows under your eyes can give you an extremely natural finish. Use your ring finger to very gently dab the concealer into your eye contours and below your eyes. The heat from your finger will help to melt the concealer into your skin.
What are your best concealer tips? Let us know in the comments!