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There’s blush, foundation, lipstick, and bronzer—but nothing quite holds our hearts like the power of good ol’ concealer. With the ability to help correct discoloration and disguise skin imperfections, concealer has earned a well-earned spot at the top of the list of favorite makeup products. But sometimes, it can be tricky to use. Just how much concealer do you really need? Should you apply it all over your face—or to specific areas? And does it go on before or after applying foundation? It’s time to take the guesswork out of using concealer—the eight hacks below will make it a whole lot easier to understand how to use. Let’s get right to it!
After finishing up your skin care routine (cleansing, moisturizing, and putting on broad-spectrum SPF), it’s time to move onto makeup. As far as concealer goes, color corrector should come before foundation. Color correcting concealer utilizes different hues to help neutralize various imperfections. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four concealer shades (peach for dark circles, green for redness, purple for dullness, and yellow for discoloration). Once you’re done applying a teeny bit of color corrector (a little goes a long way!), you can move on through the rest of your makeup routine.
When you apply your foundation first, chances are you may not need to use as much skin-toned concealer to cover up any unwanted spots afterwards. But if you apply your concealer first you could risk rubbing your perfectly concealed spots when you go to blend in your foundation. So, remember: Color correcting concealer goes on before foundation, while flesh-toned concealer goes on after foundation. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, which comes with four flesh-toned concealer shades.
Sure, you could dab on concealer with your fingers, but we’re pretty big fans of makeup blenders, since they help to give a more seamless finish. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender to apply your concealer. Put a little bit of concealer onto the blender and use quick dabbing and rolling motions on areas of your face you want to conceal—i.e. under your eyes, under your brow bone, and the sides of your nose.
Want to hide dark circles? Draw a triangle under each eye (the point should be tipping down) to help conceal under-eye darkness. This can also help to brighten up the look of your entire face!
Don’t have an eye makeup primer on hand? No problem! Use a little dab of concealer across your lid as a base instead.
Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Brighten up the look of your eyes with a concealer pencil in a shade that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone. Line the inner corner, mid-lid, and brow bone of each eye. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer.
Getting your brows to look picture-perfect isn’t always easy. You can use concealer to help style them. Grab an angled brush and dab it into a light creamy concealer to trace the edges of your brows and wing tips for precise lines.
Did you know you could contour your lips for a more pillow-y looking pout? The best part: All it takes is a little concealer! Just draw a heart in the middle of your lips (the arches should align with your cupid’s bow) and lightly blend it out. Top it off with a coat of clear gloss, and you’re good to go!