Concealer Tips August 26 2014

Using the right concealer is key to achieving a flawless complexion. A good concealer will counteract discolorations, lighten shadowed areas, disguise blemishes, and work with your foundation to create the appearance of an even skin tone. Concealer is meant to be used on small areas (underneath the eyes, around the nose, on blemishes) to cover imperfections, rather than being used instead of foundation. The best way to get a flawless look is to use concealer in conjunction with your foundation so here are a few tips.

Depending on how much coverage you need, concealer can be applied over or under your foundation. For less coverage, apply concealer before foundation; for more coverage, apply concealer on top of foundation. But I don't recommend using concealer over powder foundation as it tends to look unnatural and doesn't blend well. If you use powder foundation always apply your concealer first.

Using a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than the area you are trying to cover is enough to neutralize dark areas calling attention to the area by making it look too light. It's also best to apply concealer over top of moisturizer so it looks more natural and doesn't look dry and cakey. My favorite way to achieve a good coverage is to apply my tinted sunscreen first and immediately, while the skin is still super moist, apply concealer to the areas where I need more coverage. This gives a smooth, even-toned look but if you still need more coverage you can apply your foundation over top.