Makeup Tip of The Week: Finding the Perfect Concealer & How to Best Apply

Concealing is an important step in most makeup routines and one that in my opinion should almost never be skipped. Concealer products that work well pack a powerful punch- instantly camouflaging the odd blemish while eliminating redness and under eye circles aiding you in looking well rested and wide awake within seconds, even if you are far from it. Whether it's worn alone on bare skin and dusted over with a powder or applied over a foundation, it is a step that instantly takes any makeup look up a notch by creating that fresh, perfect looking skin.

So many cosmetic companies offer their "amazing problem solving concealers" in all different textures and shades. Some are made for highlighting while others can cover absolutely anything from blemishes to birth marks. With all the different concealers available it can be difficult to choose the perfect one. Here are a few tips to help you find one that will perfectly suit you and apply it just right. Concealer can make such a difference in your makeup routine so you definitely don't want to be without. 

Formulas and Textures:
There are a few different options to choose from when it comes to concealer formulations: A) Thinner Liquid Concealers- These are meant for light concealing and usually come in a tube with a doefoot applicator. In most cases they need to be set with a powder. B) Thin Liquids Click-able Pen Style with a small brush attachment- These tend to have highlighting properties to brighten areas that need it and are especially great for the under eye. C) Cream Concealers- usually supplied in a pot or round jar which can vary in consistency. There are thinner ones which are meant for light concealing, and thicker ones that can be used for concealing work on heavier dark circles or problem areas on the skin as well as larger areas of redness or discoloration. 

Shades and Tones:
When choosing a concealer, yellow based tones are usually the best way to go. They are the most realistic looking on most complexions being that most natural skin tones are in fact yellow based. I recommend going for a shade that matches your skin or foundation exactly. You can go one shade lighter then your natural skin tone to highlight, but avoid going lighter then that or you will just end up highlighting the area you are actually trying to conceal.

A great type of concealer is a corrector. The correcting concealers are usually salmon/peach toned. While regular concealers are best for neutralizing blemishes and cancelling out redness or hyper-pigmentation, correctors are best for the under eye area. At the same time as concealing they help to cancel out the purplish-blue undertones that are common in dark circles and bags. Not only do correctors conceal but they can brighten up the area they are applied to as well. Again, make sure to try and match the corrector as best as you can to your exact foundation shade or skin tone.

A simple way to see if a concealer/corrector shade choice works well for you is by stepping into natural daylight. The perfect shade will blend seamlessly into the skin and be completely unobtrusive.

Don't forget to take your skin type into consideration!

For Oily Skin Types: 
You will want a concealer that is non greasy and oil free to keep from clogging your pores which can only cause new breakouts and irritate existing ones. There are now concealers available with treatment properties in them helping to clear the skin while obscuring the problems sometimes caused by oily skin at the same time.

For Dry Skin Types:
 If you have very dry skin you will want to avoid using a very heavy or powdery concealer as it will only dry the skin out more. You will want to go for a lighter concealer either in liquid form or one that is more of a gel formulation which will keep the skin moisturized and won't cause irritation.

For Combination Skin Types: 
You'll want to go for a non greasy oil free concealer in the t-zone or areas of the skin that are oily and then use a non powdery less heavy concealer in areas of the skin that are drier or flaky -around the nose, brow area, forehead etc.

No matter what skin type you have always remember read the ingredients and information on the packaging to be sure that it is suitable for you especially if you have specific sensitivities.

*The Real Techniques pointed foundation brush is my favorite for applying and blending concealers.

Applying Concealers:
Using clean fingers is the optimal way of applying concealer to the skin as your fingers warm the product up helping it to blend beautifully. If you don't like to use your fingers then opt for a smaller synthetic brush which is the next best option, applying in frugal amounts to different areas that need it. A little can go a long way so be careful when applying as over-concealing can cause the makeup to look caked on- not a very good look at all. Blend it in and let it set into the skin before adding more product where it's needed. In most cases you will then need to set your concealer with a powder of choice to keep it from melting right off within a couple of hours.

Specific Concealers and Correctors I Absolutely Love  and Recommend:

What is your favorite concealer of the moment? Do you have some concealing tips and tricks to share? Please leave your opinions and comments in the form below this post- I love hearing from you!

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