We all seek clear, even-toned skin, which more or less make concealers an essential tool in your beauty bags. It is recommended that you use a concealer on the under-eye areas, scars and marks, after applying your foundation. There are several pointers for flawless coverage and the key things to remember when choosing and using a concealer.
Choose a concealer based on your skin type
Opt for a concealer depending upon your skin type (oily, normal or dry) and coverage required. Each of us have unique features, different skin types and skin issues, so its best to try concealers from different brands. For instance, if you have oily skin, opt for a matte finish; if you have dry skin, look for a creamier blend. Don’t be embarrassed to ask as many questions as you have to the salesperson at the counter and try on however many you want. Pick a shade that’s closest to your skin to avoid imperfections instead of going for a very light shade. Women assume that a lighter shade makes them appear fairer, but if it does not match your skin tone, it looks cakey.
Combine make-up with skin care
Using a moisturizer before the concealer is essential to keep your skin hydrated and ensure better application and coverage. It also helps the concealer blend in well and avoids it from creasing into fine lines and wrinkles. So pick the right moisturizer for you – for oily skin use a water-based or a gel-based moisturizer; for normal skin, opt for a bb (beauty balm) cream; and a heavy face cream is good for those with a dry complexion. If your face tends to redden easily, opt for a CC (color correction) cream.
Use the dot method when applying a foundation
Apply on your forehead, cheek bones, jaw line and chin. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOcbn1B-srM) Blend outwards with a brush or your fingers. Then use a concealer only at the problem areas like spots, blemishes and the eye area. Check to see if your foundation and concealer match your skin tone. Finish with a swipe of loose powder or a compact.