Concealer is as much of a game changer in the morning as a double espresso shot. One of the most versatile products in your vanity kit, it addresses a handful of different beauty concerns. Great concealers come in a myriad of consistencies, forms and finishes, from liquid to cream to stick and beyond. The key is to find the right formula and tone.
The Channel 46 caught up with the Founder & CEO of Typsy Beauty, Kairavi Bharat Ram, who talks about the benefits & types of concealers, & advises you on how to use one like a pro.
3 Benefits Of Using A Concealer
1. It Conceals (duh!)
True to its name, it is expected to do exactly that. Conceal acne marks, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles that are a normal part of life and are nothing to be ashamed of.
2. Ensures Glowing & Flawless Skin
When you’re looking to brighten the skin under your eyes, add coverage to a pesky breakout, or just attain an even-toned, flawless coverage, the right concealer can feel like a magic wand.
3. Gives Structure To Facial Features
It can also be used to highlight, contour, and enhance bone structure to add more depth to your face, before you can move onto the next steps and end with a dash of lipstick for your pout.
2 Types Of Concealers You Can Select From
1. Liquid Concealers
Generally speaking, liquid concealers are more hydrating but usually provide less coverage.
2. Cream Concealers
Cream concealers are more long-wearing and high coverage but can result in creasing.
If you have dry under-eyes, go for a hydrating formula while for oily skin type, pick long-wear instead.
4-Step Process For Using A Concealer Like A Pro
1. Prep Your Skin
Thoroughly cleansing and hydrating the skin sets the stage for a smooth canvas to work on. Always start with the foundation. That way, you’ll need way less concealer overall and get a more full-coverage finish and brightening effect. You can also double up your concealer as a primer for your eyeshadow or to highlight parts of your face like the brow bone, chin, bridge of the nose, etc. A darker colour concealer works great as a cream contour to help achieve a more chiselled appearance.
2. Master The Placement
Be quite precise with the placement of the concealer. Invest in a small slanted brush or use your ring finger to go about it. A makeup blender is also a great tool for concealer application, as it will ensure a more natural end result. Also, a rule of thumb while applying concealer is to use thinner, lighter layers to avoid creasing or cakey-ness.
Pro tip: For blemishes and scars, let your concealer sit for a few minutes before blending it in for a better coverage.
3. Know How To Apply
Just as important as having the perfectly matched formula in your arsenal is knowing how to apply it correctly. It’s important not to go too close to your bottom lashes, so there is no buildup or harsh lines. Make sure you apply it on the inner corners of your eyes too, not just underneath, and avoid using concealer past your smile line, as this will enhance any fine lines you may have.
If the under-eye area needs skin tone correction, you can neutralise it with a peach, orange, or red colour corrector, depending upon the level of darkness, before applying the concealer.
4. Set It To Perfection
Sweep on a light, oil-absorbing setting powder to set your concealer in place, so that it lasts all day. Smoothening it out evenly will serve as the perfect base for the next steps of your makeup like blush and highlighter.
While makeup can’t change form, it can create illusions to distract from any features you want to hide or highlight those you want to accentuate. So, go ahead and master the art of using a concealer for an even-toned and radiant face before stepping out in style.
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