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How To Stop Your Concealer From Creasing and Settling Into Lines

September 25, 2020

There is no argument that concealers are makeup essentials. They work to disguise the look of sleepless nights and brighten up your eye area for a radiant and youthful-looking gaze. However, you may find yourself dealing with cracked or creased concealers that settle into lines after a few hours of wear. While this age-old dilemma has been a hot topic for years, you can tackle this makeup blunder with the right application tips and tricks. For those who are ready to make this pesky beauty concern a thing of the past, you’ve come to the right place. Ahead, we’re sharing the best tips for navigating the world of concealer for a crease-less makeup look.


Before we give you the scoop on how to prevent your concealer from creasing and settling into lines, it’s important to know why it happens. There are many reasons why concealer creases, and one of the most common culprits is using the wrong formula. Like any makeup products you use, it’s essential to find a concealer that complements your skin type for the best results. Other reasons that your concealer may be creasing include following the wrong application technique and not prepping your skin for makeup properly.


Now that you have a better understanding of why your concealer is creasing, it’s time to switch things up on the makeup front. Consider our six tips below to make concealer-creasing yesterday’s news.


One of the best ways to keep concealer-creasing at bay is to start your makeup routine with a round of proper skin care. You should always make it a point to prep your skin to achieve a seamless makeup application process anyway. First, cleanse your face, making sure to layer your skin with moisturizer and eye cream afterward. (Keeping your skin hydrated can go a long way with the look and longevity of your makeup.) Make sure to follow up with a makeup primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer to create a smooth canvas and help prevent creasing. Trust us, your makeup will thank you.


Prepping your skin the right way can only go so far if you’re not using the correct concealer formula. If you have dry skin and are using a thick and heavy concealer that looks cakey, you can experience creasing. For those with oily skin, opting for creamy concealers can cause your makeup to move and settle into lines. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer, L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage to best suit your needs.


In case you haven’t realized, the beauty tools you use to apply your concealer are important. Using the wrong applicators, or ones you’re not comfortable with, can lead to a sub-par finish that causes creasing. Keep things simple and rely on a makeup blender or a concealer brush. These tools provide you with maximum control so you can score excellent coverage that goes the distance.

Editor’s note: You can also try using your hands to apply concealer. The warmth of your fingertips works in your favor to achieve a seamless blend. Check out How To Apply Makeup with Your Hands for some pointers.


You may be tempted to slather on concealer if you’re staring at under-eye bags or other imperfections. But that’s not the best idea, since working with too much product can ruin your beauty look just as much as not working with enough. This is where the art of layering comes into play. Start by applying a thin layer of concealer in an upside-down triangle below each eye and blend until even. Survey your handiwork and add more product as needed to get your desired level of coverage.


Another fantastic way to prevent creasing is by perfecting the baking makeup method. Baking your makeup is all about pairing concealer and setting powder to set your makeup for an MUA-approved finish. Bye, bye, creasing! Best of all, it’s not a labor-intensive technique. Set the stage with a translucent powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder. Pour a healthy amount of it into the container’s lid, dip a makeup blender into the powder, and press it onto your concealed under-eye area.

Allow the powder to sit on top of your concealer for a few minutes. Once the time is up, reach for a fluffy makeup brush and dust off the excess setting powder from under your eyes.


Last but certainly not least, we have setting spray. This makeup staple is known to prevent your makeup from creasing, fading, or smudging throughout the day. Think of it as another line of defense to lock in your makeup. Give it a try by using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-up Oil-Free Setting Spray. This lightweight offering has a micro-fine texture that sets your face and leaves you with a “just-applied” look that lasts. After your makeup essentials have been applied, spray it on using “X” and “T” motions.

Next: Now that you have all the tools you need to stop your concealer from creasing, it’s time to focus on another makeup faux pas. Learn How To Fix Cakey Makeup and Foundation for a flawless beauty look.

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