How to Conceal: A Guide In Creating A Flawless Look
No matter what kind of imperfections that you have on your skin, a good concealer is there to save you for a flawless look to the max. Read on, here’s the dish on knowing the basics on concealer and choosing the right one, for your needs.
As the name suggests, a concealer’s job is to conceal any flaws by even out skin tone and to offset shadows created from the bumps (mainly acne or tiny scars) on your skin. And to get the kind of concealer that does the job, few rules and essential knowledge is essential to achieve a flawless look (and possibly cover up any embarrassing happenings you’ve had the night before).
Begin by choosing one that complements with your skin type and the kind of flaws that you want to cover. Oily skin should stay away from creamy kind of concealers and choose liquid types with smooth finish instead. Dry skin types on the other hand, favors creamy concealers as the formula will add some texture to parched skin.
As sometimes any flaws on your skin is somewhat unexpected and have their own levels of seriousness, my best advice is to find a concealer with buildable coverage as you can apply the amount needed accordingly – tiny acne bump may need a little dab while you may need to apply more to cover some noticeable pigmentations on your skin, isn’t it? If it isn’t possible, choose one with medium coverage for as it does the job for most cases.
How to use a concealer
Contrary to what you might think, you should use the concealer after the foundation set in as it also works to conceal flaws on itself (albeit not as potent as a concealer could). And if any imperfections is still obvious then a concealer is needed for good – and you’ll only use when necessary.
Apply by dabbing a little bit of the stuff with a brush (so you won’t use more than needed) and blend outward to create a natural-looking finish. Repeat until any bumps/uneven shade fades and blot the area with a thin tissue to avoid the product from creasing. Set with a touch of powder (use a shade lighter than your skin tone if you’re using a liquid type concealer) and voila, you’re done!
Alternatively, for a quick coverage, use your digits and apply directly to the area, pressing them for a few seconds before blending the product outward – the warmth of your fingers will help the concealer to blend and set easily into your skin.
And of course, think your concealer as an investment – opt for pricey ones as they’re well formulated to neutralize discolorations, offset any imperfections, and complements well with the foundation for a smooth-looking finish. There’s a possibility that duped ones may work well with your flaws, but for a peace of your mind, go for branded ones instead. Plus, you’ll likely use less of the product.
Which concealer is best for me?
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer favored by users and makeup experts alike. The stick concealer blends well into your skin just about anything (dark circles, pigmentations, and rashes perfectly) with its highly creamy texture – just a little bit is all you need. Worth every penny.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer is a highly moisturizing concealer that’s great for dry skin, and it’s waterproof! High coverage and richly pigmented, this liquid concealer covers well for any bumps on your skin, though I don’t recommend it on top of zits due to its oily properties.
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream, a must have if you want a hassle-free concealing as it contains five shades for any skin flaws imaginable. Highly pigmented and very creamy – the concealer is easy to use and blends well into your skin, you can pretty much customize its coverage accordingly.