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Tips for Applying Concealer

Aparna Jadhav
A concealer is one of the basic components of makeup. It provides a base for the makeup to stay on, and also protects the skin. Here are some tips on applying it.
Concealer is one thing without which you cannot start your makeup. It is a type of makeup base which is used to hide an uneven skin tone and cover blemishes on your face, giving your skin the illusion of being flawless. Foundation, on the other hand, covers loose pores and problem areas on the skin to help give the makeup a fine and simple look.
Most people have a variance in the skin tone of their faces; very few have a uniform skin color. The main color difference on the face is under the eyes, where there are dark circles. The face also has beige and light yellow undertones and many other dark spots. This is where a concealer comes into play.

Tips and Tricks

Many beauticians advise judicious use of this product as regular use can lead to further abnormalities. Thus, if you are a daily user, preferably use organic and herbal makeup products along with good makeup removers. The same goes for using foundation on a regular basis.
Concealers come in the form of creams, sticks, and liquids. Each of these are used for various areas of the face. For example, the liquid can be evened all over the face and the cream or stick can be used for the under-eyes.
▪ Always keep some basic tools handy, like a wedge-shaped makeup sponge and a small, slightly pointed or square nylon makeup brush. You can also use your index or ring finger.
▪ Pick a concealer which is a shade lighter than your skin tone. It should not, however, be drastically lighter; just enough to cover the blemishes. You can use a cream or a liquid one, and sometimes applying both on different areas of the face proves beneficial.
▪ If you are using a liquid one, put three tiny dots of it under your eye and pat them with your index finger. Do this until the liquid is well blended and then uniformly spread it around the area to conceal the dark circles.
▪ If you have dry skin, apply a light layer of powder to set the concealer or try to use a cream or stick instead of the liquid.
▪ Sticks and creams are more useful to cover zits, moles, freckles, and under-eye bags. Thus, to give an even and perfect look to your skin, apply it in the inner corners of your nose, eyes, and on the dark circles. Then gently pat the concealer with your fingertips and cover the entire eye area with it.
▪ As the concealer is applied before the foundation, ensure that your skin is clean and moisturized before you use it.
Thus, a concealer gives a fine base for makeup to be applied on. It also helps the makeup to stay on for a longer period of time.