Applying foundation is an instant way to even out your skin tone. But if you have acne, dark spots and dark circles, you need to also use some concealer to hide all these blemishes. It is a great product to conceal anything on your face that you do not want to draw attention towards. But if you dread using the concealer, we will share with you a guideline to apply it like a pro! Here are some steps on how to apply concealer properly, and how to choose the best concealer for your skin. (ALSO READ Tips to do your makeup right when you’re running late).

How to choose your concealer

How to choose your concealer

Concealer comes in different tints to work on specific areas. Green tinted one works to reduce redness, yellow tinted one brightens your face and orange or red tinted concealer covers dark spots.

If you want a concealer for any kind of scars and under eye dark circles, you need to opt for a shade that is  one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

Though usually everyone tends to test the concealer on hands, try to avoid testing it on the hand and instead test it on your face. Also when you test it, try it on your face without any makeup on.

Also, depending on your comfort, decide what type of concealer you will be comfortable using. Concealer comes in different forms; sticks, creams and pencils. If you have oily skin, avoid the cream concealer and opt for a liquid one. If you have acne, use a pencil concealer as it will be easy to use around the acne spots and if you want to work on blemishes, use a cream concealer as they can be blended easily to conceal the marks and blemishes on your skin.

Here is a step-by-step guide to apply concealer like a pro.

STEP 1: You need to prep your face before applying the concealer, begin with clean face. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and dab some moisturizer after patting dry. Choose a foundation that matches with your skin tone and start applying it starting from the center of your face blending it out. Use a makeup brush or makeup sponge to blend it so that it gets applied evenly on your face. (ALSO READ How to apply foundation: 6 simple steps to apply foundation to get flawless-looking skin).

STEP 2: Now use a concealer brush to dab concealer under your eyes in the shape of an upside down triangle. The base of the triangle should be from one end of your eye to the other and the tip of the triangle should be pointing down your cheek to your nose crease. After applying it, blend it well around the edges.

How to choose your concealer

STEP 3: Since the area around your eyes is delicate, dab the concealer using the tips of your finger. Instead of rubbing it to spread it, dab gently. (ALSO READ How to do contour makeup: Step-by-step guide to contour and highlight your face!).

STEP 4: Now that you have covered the eyes, work the concealer up on any acne spots, dark spots, sun spots. To conceal them, dab the concealer on top of each mark and blend outwards. Always ensure that you use a thin layer of concealer or else your makeup will look caked-up. You need to achieve a natural look. Also, if you have acne, avoid applying concealer with your fingers as it may spread bacteria and lead to more breakouts.

How to choose your concealer

STEP 5: Apply the concealer on the center of your forehead, above and below the eyebrows, the outer edges of your lips and the center of your chin. Blend it well using a brush or a makeup sponge.

STEP 6: After you have covered all the spots, set the concealer using some translucent powder or setting powder to make your makeup long lasting. Apply the powder with a large brush all over your face. Make sure that you use a small brush to reach the inside corners of your eyes and under your lash line to set the concealer. After setting the concealer, you can proceed with the rest of your makeup.

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