Tips for Covering Stubborn Blemishes Using Concealer

Tips for Covering Stubborn Blemishes Using Concealer

Foundation does a great job at evening out your skin tone, but sometimes it’s not enough. If you have blemishes, hyper pigmentation, pimples, dark spots, or unevenness that you'd like to conceal on and around your face, concealer can be a helpful tool in your makeup routine. in this article we'll help you tackle those stubborn blemishes by advising you on choosing and applying the right concealer for your skin-tone.

Check out these helpful tips:

Woman with natural makeup

1. Choose your shade

Concealer comes in a variety of textures and colors, so analyze your skin first to determine what you need. Are you trying to cover up acne? Under eye circles? Scars or birthmarks? Once you determine what you want to conceal, you can choose the appropriate formula and shade. A helpful tool to use would be the color wheel, it can help you to understand which color corrector to use. Match the opposite color on the color wheel to cancel it out.

Cover-Up Corrector Palette

Cover-up makeup palette

What Color Correctors Do:

  • Green tinted concealer is used to reduce redness.
  • Yellow tinted concealer will brighten your face.
  • Lavender concealer can help even out complexions with yellow tones.
  • Orange or red-tinted concealer is used to cover purple or dark spots.
  • For scars or under eye circles, use a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool before picking a shade. Be careful not to get too light of a shade, or your complexion might look ashy.
  • Test skin tone concealer on your face, not on your hands, in order to get a true color match. Make sure that you test your concealer without any other makeup on first.

Recommended Product:

Trio Concealer Pot

Cover small imperfections or dark circles around the eyes with our cream concealer pot. This concealer comes with a 3 shade combo to match your skin perfectly. It offers an easy to apply cream formula, full coverage with matte finish. Available in color correctors as well.

2. Color Correction

To color correct discoloration use our Special Effects Trio Concealer. Green reduces redness, Lavender cancels yellowness and Pink reduces darkness.

Color Corrector Chart

Color Corrector Chart

How To Use A Color Corrector

If your skin is prone to redness due to skin conditions such as rosacea then you would use the green corrector. If your skin has a sallow, yellowish tinge, then using the lavender corrector would be the way to go. If you have bluish, purply under-eye circles, using a pink tone corrector will help to minimize the darkness.

A. Prep your face

 Before you apply any concealer, wash your face with a mild face cleanser and apply a moisturizer. Use makeup remover and a q-tip to get rid of any darkness under your eyes that might be the result of old mascara. Your concealer is the first step in your makeup application, and will go on most smoothly over a blank canvas.

B. Cover up your under eye circles

Use a concealer brush to dab concealer under your eyes. Apply the concealer in the shape of an upside down triangle. Draw a triangle from one end of your eye to the other, bringing the point down your cheek to your nose crease. Blend the concealer in around the edges, so that there is not an obvious change in tone between your skin and the concealer.
  • Never rub the concealer in around your eyes, as the skin here is damaged very easily. Simply pat or dab the concealer with your brush in order to blend it. This will also give you lots more coverage than rubbing.
  • Be sure to apply your concealer all the way to the very base of your lash line, directly under your waterline.
  • Dotting concealer under your eye in a U-shape will appear less natural, and it may be noticeable in photographs if not blended correctly.

C. Apply your concealer to acne and spots

If you have any acne, dark spots, sun spots, scars, or birthmarks that you would like to cover, now is the time to cover them up. Dab your concealer onto the top of each mark, and then blend softly outwards to your skin. Use a thin layer of concealer to avoid having a caked-on look, and apply more if necessary.
  • If you have acne, avoid using your fingers to blend the concealer. Using your fingers may spread bacteria that will worsen your breakout, and it will melt the concealer, giving you less coverage. Instead, use a clean makeup brush.
  • If you are using concealer over a wide area (to cover rosacea, for example), use an especially thin layer and blend the edges very well. The more concealer you wear, the more likely it will become apparent over the course of the day. You can set your concealer with powder to keep it looking natural all day long.

D. Set your concealer

When you are certain all your dark spots and under eye circles have been covered and blended, add a layer of foundation over the top of your concealer. To kill two birds with one stone, use a loose or compact powder foundation. You can also use a cream or liquid foundation, but you will have to add an additional setting powder on top.
  • Spread your foundation over the entirety of your face. Use a translucent setting powder with a large brush over the top of your foundation to set it for a solid 12 hours.
  • Use a brush to reach the inside corners of your eyes and under your lash line; make sure that you cover every part of your face that also has concealer.
  • Dab a little extra powder over the areas where you put concealer to make sure that it doesn't melt off over the course of the day.

Below are a few product recommendations to help you achieve that flawless looking skin!

1) Chamomile Face Wash

 Clear away dirt, sebum, and makeup with this botanical gel that is toxin-free, suitable for all skin types, and does not leave behind any unwanted residue.

2) Hydrating Mango Face Cream

Eases fine lines and smooths skin surface with a slight 'plumping" action. This velvety formula also contains a natural blend of 5 oils and exotic Mango and Shea Butter, to increase skin elasticity and ease dryness.

3) Flawless Finish Foundation

A lightweight water-based foundation that offers a light to medium coverage. Recommended for anyone who wants moderate coverage with a very natural finish. *Apply after concealer, before powder.

4) Mineral Mattifier

Say goodbye to unwanted shine and hello to fresh and fabulous skin. This lightweight, mineral loose powder is the go-to product for removing excess shine from your face without leaving any color deposit. It's perfect for mid-day touch ups and can be used alone or on top of foundation. *Apply after foundation to set makeup and eliminate shine.

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