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Conceal with Appeal: Mastering the Art of Flawless Coverage!

Updated: May 3

When it comes to hiding redness, dark circles under the eyes, acne, and minor flaws, the first product that comes to mind is concealer.

If you want to add concealer to your makeup routine, there are a few things to consider. For example, the texture, finish, coverage, and even the application method of the concealer you choose are crucial.

Before selecting the right concealer, read on for more detailed information about what to look for and application techniques.

How to Choose the Right Concealer Texture?

You should know that there is a concealer for every need; concealer for dark circles under the eyes, color correctors, moisturizing ones, matte finish, luminous finish, high coverage, and more.

First and foremost, make sure your concealer choice matches your skin type. Otherwise, your concealer will accentuate your flaws rather than conceal them.

  • If you have dry or mature skin: You can try a creamy, moisturizing concealer. Alternatively, you can use a serum-based product with a lighter texture.

  • If you have oily skin: Opt for a matte finish concealer and don't forget to set your concealer with powder.

Here are some recommended concealers:

  • For dry or mature skin: Try the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Its creamy texture provides hydration while offering medium to full coverage.

  • For oily skin: Consider the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. With its matte finish, it effectively conceals imperfections and controls shine throughout the day.

  • For light coverage: The Glossier Stretch Concealer is an excellent choice. Its serum-like formula offers light coverage with a natural finish, perfect for everyday wear.

How to Choose the Right Concealer Shade?

When it comes to choosing your concealer shade, make sure to match it as closely as possible to your skin tone. Additionally, if you want to brighten the under-eye area or create a luminous look, you can opt for one or two shades lighter.

You can find your shade by testing several tones on your chin area. Apply multiple tones to your chin area in natural light and see which one looks more natural when blended. That tone will be your skin tone. For your highlighting shade, you can choose one or two shades lighter, and for contouring, you can choose one or two shades darker.

Here are some top picks:

  • For matching your skin tone: The Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer offers a wide range of shades, ensuring you find the perfect match for your complexion.

  • For brightening the under-eye area: The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is renowned for its full coverage and brightening effect, making it ideal for concealing dark circles.

  • For contouring: Try the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick. Available in various shades, it allows you to contour and sculpt your features effortlessly.

How to Choose Concealer to Hide Dark Circles?

Your goal should be to even out the skin tone first, then use a concealer that matches your skin tone for a flawless under-eye appearance.

Start with a concealer that is a few shades lighter and has peach undertones or use a primer application to start. Then, apply a second layer of concealer that matches your skin and foundation tone to easily hide your dark circles.

Here are some recommended products:

  • Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer: This creamy concealer contains light-reflecting pigments to instantly brighten the under-eye area and diminish dark circles.

  • NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer: Formulated with coconut oil, this concealer hydrates the delicate under-eye area while providing medium coverage to conceal dark circles.

How to Choose Concealer to Hide Redness?

Before applying your concealer, start with a green-toned primer or color corrector. Just like on the color wheel, green is the opposite of red, so using a green-toned product will neutralize your redness. After this application, you can complete your look by using a concealer that matches your skin tone.

Here are some excellent options:

  • LA Girl HD Pro Conceal Green Corrector: This affordable option effectively neutralizes redness with its green pigment, providing a flawless base for concealer application.

  • Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder: Ideal for on-the-go touch-ups, this pressed powder helps reduce redness and provides a smooth, matte finish.

How to Use Concealer for Highlighting and Contouring?

I don't find shimmery powder highlighters and powder bronzers very natural. That's why the method I use most is using a concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and 1-2 shades darker for contouring. Concealers blend with foundation much easier, and liquid products always look more natural. You can also use concealers for highlighting and contouring to achieve a natural look.

Here are some versatile products:

  • L'Oréal Infallible Full Wear Concealer: With its high coverage and long-lasting formula, this concealer is perfect for both concealing and contouring.

  • Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio: This set includes concealer, contour, and highlight sticks, allowing you to create a flawless complexion with ease.

Mastering the art of flawless coverage with concealer is a game-changer in your makeup routine. By understanding your skin type, selecting the right shade and texture, and applying it strategically, you can achieve a flawless complexion that enhances your natural beauty. With the right techniques and products, you can confidently tackle redness, dark circles, blemishes, and more, leaving you with a radiant and polished look. So, embrace the power of concealer and elevate your makeup game to new heights of perfection!

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