We all use foundations thinking it will hide the prominent spots and blemishes. Well, it can be true for girls with less problems when used a high coverage foundation, but it may not work for everyone. Foundation is not your skin’s saviour, instead it’s a wonderful way to even out skin tone and blend any colour irregularities. For more visible problems such as blemishes, scars, areas of pigmentation, or shadows, a concealer is the best way to get flawless coverage without a heavy layer of makeup. Here is a guide on concealers and you certainly need to know it:
Green concealers neutralize red zones on your face, like blemishes or red spots. This is great for cancelling out really red areas, like when you have a pimple, rosacea, broken blood vessels, and even for people who get red rings around the eyes, nose and mouth. Just spot in only on the red areas and apply a skin-coloured concealer on top.
LAVENDER OR PURPLE
Purple or lavender concealer is perfect for correcting yellow tones on the face. It can also be used to cool down the makeup when you have used too much of foundation with yellow undertones. Hyperpigmented spots and bumps can be corrected using a purple/lavender concealer and a concealer matching your skin tone can be used on top of it.
Yellow is opposite to purple which means it can be used to correct the purple under eye dark circles. Simply apply under your eyes and blend well with a sponge or concealer brush, then cover with powder in the same shade as your complexion. You’ll end up with a subtly brightened under-eye area.
If you have an olive complexion, the yellow concealer might just not work for you as your under eye will have a greenish-tint. The pink concealer can perfectly cover up or neutralize the greenish-tint of your dark circles. To use this colour, apply and blend the concealer overtop of your under-eye circles, then set with powder that matches your complexion.
This colour is perfect for people with darker skin tones looking to hide dark circles or other spots with deep discoloration. If you have dark circles which actually looks black, orange concealer is the perfect one for you! Simply apply this under your eyes in an upside down triangle shape and blend using a beauty blender. Top it up with a concealer matching your skin tone.
HOW TO USE A CONCEALER:
- If your skin is dry, particularly around the eye area, prep it with a light layer of moisturizer, allow a moment or two for it to set, then apply concealer.
- Dab the concealer onto discolorations with a clean finger, brush, or sponge and gently blend out until there are no apparent lines of demarcation between the concealer and your skin.
- After you are done applying concealer, allow it to set, and then apply your foundation.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR USING CONCEALERS:
- For the most even distribution, apply concealer along the bottom of your eye in four or five small dots. Using a makeup sponge, gently blot the concealer into skin.
- When choosing a concealer, go about one shade lighter than your foundation. If you’re applying concealer to dark or red areas, using one shade lighter than the rest of your makeup will help to even out those tones.
- Especially under your eyes, loose powder over top of concealer helps to set it in place and goes one step further to even out skin tone.
- If your concealer tends to look cakey in the fine lines around your eyes midday, split a tissue into two layers, and use one of the sheets to remove excess oil.