Concealers are made to hide all your imperfections, but most days it starts out smooth as ever and slowly begins to turn on you by cracking, creasing, and caking up your face. We’re gonna give you the inside scoop on concealer and which comes first--the concealer or the face foundation. For that flawless finish, we’re going to give you some tips and tricks that will take your makeup game from A to A+.
If you want to know what concealer is used for, the simple answer would be that concealer is a flesh or skin-toned cosmetic, in the form of liquid, cream or stick that is often used to cover spots, blemishes, and darker areas of the skin like dark circles etc.
That’s definitely too much
Concealers are thick in consistency and too much of this product can lead to cracks throughout the day. Learning how to use a face concealer can take some practice. While you don’t want to attract light to a specific part of your face, a little concealer can go a long way. Instead of packing the concealer onto your face, we suggest dotting on the concealer with a brush or and then blending it out.
While working with makeup artists, one of the first things we realized was they always used their fingers to work the concealer into the skin. The result: an incomparable flawless finish. Using your fingers to blend in the concealer is an absolute must as your body heat melts the concealer into your skin. You can go over the edges with a beauty blender to soften the edges and the end result will feel less like makeup and more like better skin.
One, two, three…
A confusion that’s common is what goes first? Do I conceal and then apply my foundation or is it foundation cream that goes first? TBH, it depends. Different concealers are applied at different times.
Colour Corrector always goes on first. Right after moisturising,, you colour correct, if necessary.
Spot corrector is also preferably applied before foundation as it allows for the foundation to build up some coverage.
If you are looking to prepare a flawless base, concealing the blemishes is usually done with the concealer after applying the foundation. There are no set rules, but it’s best to use the concealer after the foundation as most of the coverage will be done already and you can identify the real problem areas. Also, you'll need less product.
Concealers can be used to highlight too. You just need to pick a lighter shade--can be one of a few shades lighter, depending on how bright you want your skin to look. But do not go too light as it will end up looking ashy. Use it under the eyes and other shadowed areas you want to lift. It is applied after foundation as you want the brightener to have an impact which could be dulled by a layer of foundation over it.
Picking the right shade
When using a concealer, it's always better to pick the shades closest to your skin. Your skin will not look patchy or ashy that way. If you are using the concealer to correct darker areas on the face, go for one shade lighter. It will help you even out the tones. Use a concealer a few shades darker to contour the face--the darker shade when blended into the skin well will help create shadows on the face.
Prep, then set
Creasing is a huge setback with concealer and is a major reason a lot of us opt out of using concealer on long days. An easy way to avoid creasing is to make sure that you smooth out your concealer first. Most of us apply the product on all the areas that need to be concealed before setting all over, which gives the concealer time to crease. So we suggest going over the concealer with a beauty blender to soften out any creases before setting your face.
To set your concealer we recommend using an extremely finely milled loose setting shimmer powder, to bake the areas where you concealed. For some extra radiance, try using a yellow or purple setting powder as it brightens your complexion.
Prime with it
Concealer isn’t just for concealing, it’s consistency is also perfect to prime and neutralise your eyelids before applying eyeshadow. You don’t need to take extra product either. Simply use the excess product on your hand or beauty blender and dab it out on your eyelids.
Carve it out
Want some sharp edges? You can use concealer on an angled eyebrow/eyeliner brush to carve out your lip shape and eyebrows for an extra clean killer look.