There is nothing worse than cakey concealer. Instead of masking your blemishes, it just makes things look worse. You aren’t doomed to this problem provided you know how to get concealer on properly to prevent it from happening. Don’t worry. It’s pretty simple stuff and the payoff is huge. Here’s what the experts at Self magazine say you should be doing if you’re sick and tired of your concealer caking up on you.
1 Choose a Lightweight Formula as Your First Step
The thicker your concealer is, the higher the chances of it caking when you put it on. Makeup experts say that you have to choose a lightweight formula so that it goes on smooth and stays that way. This type of concealer is specially designed to provide the coverage you want while fully absorbing into your skin at the same time so that it’s pretty much doing its job while also being invisible.
2 Apply Your Product with a Light Hand
The more concealer you wear, the cakier it’s going to look. You only need a small bit of provide the coverage you need if you have the right product. Smooth a very thin layer of concealer over your blemishes and then dab on a just a tad more, as needed. Apply foundation first so that you have the base coverage you need and then you won’t need so much concealer afterward.
3 Don’t Put Concealer Everywhere
Here’s a tip from the best makeup experts in town. Stand about two feet away from the mirror. Anything you can’t see from there doesn’t need to be covered with concealer. No one is probably getting that close to you anyway so if you can’t see if from that distance, no one else will be able to either.
4 Combine Concealer with Some Tinted Moisturizer
Tinted moisturizer is great for giving your face a subtle and healthy glow. Using it in conjunction with your concealer helps the latter blend more evenly into your skin so that it covers your spots without looking totally obvious. Apply the moisturizer first and you’ll be able to see where you need to dab on the concealer.
5 Use a Tapered Brush to Apply Your Concealer
Instead of covering your blemishes with your fingers, it’s better to use a tapered brush, say the experts. When you use your fingers, it’s easier to get too much concealer in a specific spot. On the other hand, using a brush gives you much more control over how much product you’re getting on any one spot. Plus, as the brush fans out on your skin, it helps blend the concealer into the area around your blemishes.
6 You Definitely Want to Use a Matte Concealer
The opposite of matte is shiny and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I don’t want my face to look shiny. By using a matte concealer you prevent a shiny appearance while also covering your blemishes at the same time. Tap the concealer on with a brush, as said above, to get the best coverage.
7 You Might Also like What a Brightening Concealer Can do for You
Using a concealer that is just a shade lighter than your skin can help add brightness to complexion. It won’t make you look shiny, just give you that little bit of glow you want. Experts say to use it on the inner corners of your eye and underneath your eye to cover dark circles.
What are your thoughts on concealer? What brand would you recommend?