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How to use concealer

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer(c) Angie Rentmeester

Concealer. It can be a woman’s best friend when used properly. The best part about concealer is that a little goes a long way. When it comes to the eye area, many women are looking for ways to either brighten them up or conceal any dark circles.

Picking the right shade of concealer can be a tad bit tricky. By going with a thicker consistency could actually darken up the under eye area. When using a shade that’s too light, it will give the “reverse raccoon effect.”

While many women choose to apply concealer using a concealer brush like the MAC 195 brush, which can be purchased at the MAC pro store on Armitage in Chicago, many professionals would actually recommend using your ring finger to apply the product.

To use the concealer, warm in up in the palm of your hand, which will thin out the texture of the product, allowing for a much smoother coverage. To hide any parentheses around your pout, use a brightening concealer.

Than apply three dots of the product under the eyes and pat it in with your ring finer. Do not rub the product into the skin. The brightener will actually brighten up the area, which will than make those lines a lot less noticeable.

Lastly, set the concealer using a powder. The powder will keep the concealer from creasing or smudging throughout the day.

Now women can get more for their buck. Concealer can also be used as a lip primer. Just apply the concealer before adding the lip color to nude out the lips or to tone down highly pigmented lips. Using a brightening concealer will make the lipstick more vibrant. Set the lipstick with a powder to help the lip color last longer.

Below are some myths and facts about how concealer should be used.

Myth: Foundation can also be used as a concealer.

Fact: For the under eye area, it should be a product that is specifically for the eye area because of sensitivity around that area. Not every foundation can be safe around the eye area. Not to mention that the foundation most likely won’t cover the under eye circles completely.

Myth: Concealer can be used to cover both the under eye circles and blemishes.

Fact: Women should own two shades of concealer, with each shade covering up on of the issues. Women with acnes, pimples or any other breakouts will want to use a yellow-based concealer to cover up the redness in blemishes. For a fuller coverage, a cream-based concealer is going to work best.

With under eye circles, they have an undertone that’s blue or grey so it’s best to choose a concealer shade that’s pink or salmon-based. This will get rid of any blue areas on the face. Just be sure that the product is only placed on the dark circles, otherwise the face could look a little orange.