DOs and DON’Ts: Concealer

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Have you ever tried your hardest to cover up the flaws on your face only to find you’ve actually made them worse? We do everything we can to make our complexion flawless,  yet all too often, we end up accentuating the very things we are trying to hide. And that’s why, despite the fact that breaking down the details of how to apply concealer correctly sounds like the most boring makeup topic ever, it is an important skill to hone.

DOs and DON’TS: Concealer:

DO: Choose a concealer that works with your skin type. If you have dry skin choose one with better hydration properties or you’ll end up with a cakey mess. If you have oily skin, choose one with a little oil control so it doesn’t build up in your creases.

DON’T: Choose a concealer that is more than 1 or 2 shades lighter than your skin for your under-eye area.

DO: Choose a stick concealer if you have moderate to severe dark circles.

DON’T: Try to use one type of concealer for your entire face.

DO: Blend, blend and blend some more. This will keep your camouflage more natural.

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DON’T: Forget that green neutralizes redness and is useful for diffusing the redness of rosacea.

DO: Remember that yellow works best on dark circles. Just make sure it is pale yellow and not gold.

DON’T: Forget to set your concealer with powder to keep it in place.

DO: Apply your foundation first, then concealer.

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DON’T: Forget your concealer can pull a double duty as an eyeshadow primer.

DO: Line your lips with a concealer to make them pop!

DON’T: Forget to apply moisturizer first. This helps the concealer go on more smoothly.

DO: Choose a concealer as close to your skin tone as possible when you want to foundation free.

What concealer tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve?

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