The purpose of a concealer is to cover up break-out areas or dark or light areas typically under the eyes as well as around the nose area. This blog is about covering up dark or light areas on the face; as the application is different for each problem areas.
Step 1. Moisturize The Face
Ensure that you face is moisturized. Wait about 20 minutes so that your foundation and concealer do not get absorbed with the moisturizer. To dry faster, use a water based moisturizer. Oil based moisturizers, technically or lotions.
Many foundations can hide dark circles alone. So it’s important to put your foundation on first. Use a q-tip from your bottle. Avoid putting your fingers on the tube to help decrease getting bacteria in the tube or on the skin.
Apply the foundation using a “clean” sponge, using downward motions. Going upward with your sponge can push foundation into the skin. Your skin cells are like shingles on a roof. Go down with the “flow”.
Step 3. Cover Your Eye Lids
I like to start with a one color canvas. So apply your foundation on your eyelids and lips. This will help create the one colored canvas as well as help hold eye shadows and lipstick on longer.
Step 4. Assess The Dark Areas.
Typically you will find dark areas under the eyes and around the nose. Apply a concealer, again, applying first with a q-tip, then blending it in with your brush or your sponge. You can use you fingers but a sponge works best.
Do not rub but pat the concealer. Even it out and then follow it using a translucent loose powder.
Step 5. What Color Of Concealer Do I Need?
If you are concealing dark circles, you will want to use a lighter color, as light colors advance and dark colors recede. Like your dark circles, they make the eyes look sunken. Applying lighter shades brings out the darkness.
Typically 2-shades lighter than your foundation works best. Avoid a real “creamy” concealer as they tend to not give great coverage.
For red spots, consider a “green” concealer to help neutralize the redness.
Step 6. What If You Have Lighter Circles Under Eye Area And Your Face Shade Is Deeper?
Not all concealers are for dark circles. Many women wear sunglasses and this creates a lighter color under the eyes. You apply the same principle.
Instead of going 2-shades lighter than your foundation, you might need to go 1 or 2 shades darker. Again, you are trying to get a one colored canvas for your eye shadows and blushes to give you depth and lightness on the face.
Like that of an artist. They start with a clean one-colored canvas and create the depth and texture and excitement from their colors!