We’ve all been there. You wake up one morning with a little pimple here, an errant blemish there, and break out your trusty concealer. You dab a little on… then a little more to even out the colour, and before you know it, you’re wearing a tan-coloured mask that’s a far cry from your natural colour.
Concealer is meant to be invisible! It’s all in the name, right? So why do so many of us get it wrong? So many girls out there go overboard with concealer when they’ve only got a small area that truly needs it. It’s there to help you out in a pinch, not to replace your face.
Doing concealer right is all about knowing your colours, knowing your skin, and knowing the secret techniques that work best! Sound complicated? We’ve got you covered.
Hack #1: Know your shades
This is where a quick trip to the professionals at your local makeup counter will do you wonders. They are, after all, trained to be able to identify your unique undertones and suggest the best makeup hues to match and balance them out. Mismatching foundation tones is the leading cause of the caked-on, muddy or ashy look – definitely not what you’re going for, right?
What’s more, it’s important to have a few different colours of concealer on hand for different areas of the face, and different skin complaints you’re trying to cover up. Pick a range with a few different basic colours in it – like NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer – that comes in 23 shades to cover any blemish and match any skin tone.
Hack #2: Smooth out that canvas
A smooth coat of concealer is impossible to achieve if it’s not going onto smooth skin. Makes sense, right? But so many women ignore this essential prep-step. Before beginning your makeup application, use a warm wash-cloth or a gentle exfoliating scrub to get rid of dead skins cells. When you’re ready, apply a good primer to ensure your concealer stays put. Our personal favourite of the moment is NYX Professional Makeup Shine Killer, which leaves skin feeling fresh and firm while also controlling shine. The added matte smoothness will help you blend concealer evenly without leaving any tell-tale streaks.
Hack #3: Make it stick
Now that your concealer is the right colour and has a great, even texture, it’s time to freeze it in place! Use a dome-shaped brush to apply a light setting powder like Master Fix Setting Powder by Maybelline. Not only will it keep everything in place, it will also gently soften and visually blend your handiwork without affecting the colour you’ve put so much effort into getting right!