7 Mistakes you didn’t know about Concealer
It pretty much goes without saying that concealer is a miracle-working product and has saved each of us on various occasions from the effects of a late-night out (hello, dark circles) or the unexpected breakout the morning of an event (yikes). However, when concealer is misused, it can result in skin looking ashen, caked, and streaked instead of the desired airbrushed and vibrant.
Most of the mistakes I mention below are easy to fix and are so simple that most people don’t even realize that they are making them. The odds are that you are also guilty of making at least one of the following concealer-related mistakes, but don’t worry, I am outlining the most common mistakes, explanations, and quick fixes for you to achieve an optimal concealer routine.
1. You are skipping primer
Skipping on primer and going straight to applying makeup is an absolute beauty no-no. Primer ensures that all of your makeup, including your concealer, is long-lasting. It also serves as a base for your concealer. Think of primer as creating a “smooth canvas” on your face.
2. You are using the wrong color
Unlike the ’90s or early 2000s, where we had around three different shade options for foundation and concealer, we now thankfully have a much more vast range of shades. However, even with so many new tone options, there is a chance that you are still using the wrong shade. Going too light can make you look ghostly, whereas going too dark can make you look sunken, which is why you must find the perfect match. Try going to a beauty counter or store to get matched by a professional to ensure that you have the right shade.
3. You are using the wrong formula
You should always be selecting your concealer based on your skin type. If your skin leans towards the drier side, you will want to use a concealer that has a more hydrating formula. Whereas, if your skin is oily to normal, you will want to use concealers described as matte or oil-free.
4. You aren’t using the correct placement
Gone are the days when you need to be applying concealer in a thick sweeping motion under your eyes. I recommend drawing an upside-down triangle underneath your eyes to mask dark circles. You can also use concealer to highlight your eyes by applying it below and above your eyebrows. Also, apply to pimples or problem areas when needed.
5. You are using too much product
When it comes to most things in life, less is usually more. Instead of laying on the concealer thick and gloopy, try using thin layers and gradually building your coverage layer by layer as needed.
6. You are rubbing instead of dabbing
7. You are applying before foundation
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Hopefully, you found a few new tips to add to your makeup routine. Even the most minor update to your routine can make a significant difference in your overall appearance. As always, feel free to drop any questions you have down below!