Whether you’re dealing with dark circles around the eyes, pimples or other facial imperfections, concealer can be a tremendously useful product – but only if you have sharp concealer application tips to get you to the finish line. Of course, as with any type of makeup, there’s certainly an art to using it correctly. Apply it in the wrong place or in the incorrect manner, and you can actually make the concealer itself stand out more than the blemish did. When you get it right, though, the results can be flawless perfection.Luckily, it only takes a few tips and tricks to become a concealer-applying pro and have your makeup last all day. We spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Adore Cosmetics and had them share their concealer secrets with us.
3 Concealer Application Tips for a Perfect Complexion
#1 Try a Triangle
Aren’t getting enough sleep? One of concealer’s most valuable uses is as a method for hiding dark circles and lines under the eyes. However, many people address this problem with a simple swipe of concealer right underneath the lower eye lid.
Instead, a better approach is to use concealer to make a full triangle beneath the eye, with the point facing down. This approach draws attention to the eyes and also makes the face appear lifted. In addition, this larger coverage area is easier to blend out seamlessly into the rest of the face.
#2 Go Green
Been breaking out? This is one of my favorite concealer application tips. When it comes to concealing pimples, it can go one of two ways: Either you use so much that the concealer becomes more visible than the pimple was, or you use not enough, and you can still see the pimple. To conceal pimples correctly, start with a green concealer that counteracts the red of the pimple. Then follow up with a skin-tone liquid concealer to mask the green and blend it seamlessly with the surrounding skin.
#3 Address Under-Eye Circles
A lot of the trick with using concealer correctly is matching the color to the problem. When it comes to dark under-eye circles, they’re often blue, so a peach or orange concealer is the correct contrasting color to use. Another tip for under-eye circles is to apply the concealer with your ring finger rather than your index finger. Since the ring finger is weaker, it’ll put down a lighter swipe of concealer that’ll be easier to blend with the rest of your face.