Beauty School: The Beauty Guru’s Guide to Concealer

When most people think of camouflage, they probably picture the splotchy green fabric used to make a traditional army uniform (it also tends to make a fashion comeback every few years). But camouflage can come in many different forms. You can camouflage a scuff on your favorite pair of black heels using a black permanent marker. And, when it comes to beauty, you can camouflage just about any blemish or imperfection that comes your way. All you need is the right kind of concealer, and a few tips for how to apply it. And that’s where I come in… Today I’m going to be sharing my expert guide to using concealer the right way, in all the right places.

I will be teaching you about five different zones that require concealing, along with the steps you’ll need to follow to make your face look flawless. Here is my guide to “camouflaging” like a beauty guru…

Beauty School: The Beauty Guru's Guide to Concealer

Photo via: Once Wed

How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles: The most important thing to remember when attempting to hide those under-eye bags is that your goal is to make your eyes look brighter. That said, I recommend using a brightening concealer, a beauty blender or sponge, and loose highlighting powder. I also recommend that you use a concealer that’s oil-based for under your eyes because you want to keep the delicate skin in this area hydrated and moisturized. You will also want to use a peach or pink-based concealer to counteract the blue tones of your dark eye circles. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Apply your brightening concealer by dotting it in a line under your eye, starting at the inner corner (the inside of the bridge of your nose) and working to the outer edge of your eye.
  2. Get your sponge or blender a little bit damp, then dip it into your loose highlighting powder. Dab it over the concealer, blending it evenly into your skin.
  3. Brush a tiny bit of the highlighting powder under your eye to make sure it sets and doesn’t crease.

Expert Tip: If prefer to use your finger to apply concealer under your eyes, use your non-dominant ring finger. Since it’s weaker than your pointer finger, this will keep you from tugging too hard on the delicate skin under your eyes. Products I recommend: bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener, $22 Beauty Blenders, $28.95 Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, $30 How to Cover Up Scars or Dark Spots If you experience discoloration or uneven skin tone, these concealer tips will come in handy. You can also use this method for covering up scars on your face. You will want to invest in a heavier concealer for these areas because the thicker texture contains less oil and lasts longer. You will also need lifting concealer, a beauty blender or sponge, and translucent powder. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Apply your heavier concealer with a brush, covering the problem area entirely.
  2. Dab a coat of lifting concealer over the area to make the dark spot brighter. If you’re dealing with a scar, you might not need this step.
  3. Dampen your beauty blender or sponge and dip it into loose powder. Blend the area in evenly.
  4. Finish with a translucent mineral powder to set the area.

Products I recommend: DiorSkin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer, $36 Beauty Blenders, $28.95 Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, $35 How to Hide Blemishes When you want to cover up a blemish that is red (and probably pesky too), using a green concealer will help to neutralize the color and hide the inflammation. To do this, you will need a green concealer (I recommend using one in a jar or tube), a concealer brush, a concealer stick, a blending brush, and loose powder. Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a concealer brush and load it up with the green concealer. Start applying it on the pimple, starting in the middle and making light brush strokes outward. You want it to fade into your skin, with the most concentrated area being the middle of the blemish.
  2. Making sure your index finger is completely clean, dab it on the concealer stick and apply to the blemish. Apply in a patting motion, until the area is completely covered and skin tone looks even.
  3. Dip your blending brush in loose powder, then lightly dust the powder onto your skin, blending all three products together.

Products I recommend: NYX Concealer Jar in Green, $5 Stila CC Color Correcting Stick Broad Spectrum, $38 The Balm Concealer Brush, $8 Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush, $26 Clinique Blended Face Powder, $23 How to Apply Concealer Around the Nose It’s very common to have redness or small broken veins in the area around your nose. This is also generally a much oiler area on your face, so it requires a concealer method that’s simple but a little bit different than the rest of your face. All you will need is a cream concealer (the less oily, the better), a beauty blender or sponge, and loose powder. And remember, a green concealer will neutralize any redness in this area—but only use it if you really feel you need it. Here are the three easy steps:

  1. Using your finger, dip it into your cream concealer. Pat it on the skin around your nose, covering it completely and fading outward to your cheeks.
  2. Take a damp beauty blender or sponge and blend the concealer into your skin.
  3. Dust loose powder over the area to set it.

Products I recommend: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, $33 Beauty Blenders, $28.95 bareMinerals Broad Spectrum Multi-Tasking Face Powder, $18 How to Conceal Puffiness For those days when your skin just doesn’t feel as smooth and supple as you’d like, you will want to use this method to conceal puffiness. If I notice puffiness, it’s around the outer corners of my eyes, on my eyelids, or on my brow bones (it’s usually my skin telling me to get more sleep). Before applying any makeup, drink up—two glasses of water will help your skin more than any concealer. Then, use a yellow-toned or brightening concealer to highlight these areas and keep your skin looking fresh. You will need a hydrating moisturizer, liquid concealer, and a bit of highlighter. Here’s how to de-puff:

  1. Create a mixture using your moisturizer, your liquid concealer, and a bit of highlighter.
  2. Using a concealer brush, dab the mixture on the puffy areas of your face.
  3. Wipe your concealer brush clean of the mixture, then use it to blend the concealer in evenly.

Products I recommend: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 15, $10 Stila Perfecting Concealer, $23 Estée Lauder Concealer Brush, $22 Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter, $26 Now that you have all the steps for covering every imperfection you might encounter, here’s a short guide that might come in handy when color correcting with concealers…

Color Correction Guide

Green concealer is a great color corrector for neutralizing blemishes, covering up redness, and canceling out any rosy area on your face (rosacea, scars, etc.) Pink concealer will help to brighten any dull areas of your skin and hide signs of fatigue. Use this color corrector to hide dark circles, bruises, or to give your entire face a little boost. Yellow concealer is great for evening out your skin tone and making it look fresh with minimal effort. This is also a great color to use for a base on your eyelids, brow bone, or cheekbones before you apply the rest of your makeup. Well, I think that about covers it (pun intended). I hope you found this guide to concealer useful. Make sure to bookmark it or pin the image above so that you can come back and read these facts whenever you need them. What would you like me to cover in my next Beauty Guru Guide? Leave your requests below! XO Lauren

Photo: Once Wed Sources: Fresh-Beauty, Stylelist, Michelle Phan
Categories: Makeup, Primp
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  • Katelin Absher

    It is also better to use a cover up stick for concealing blemishes in the color of your skin tone. You don’t want to highlight a blemish! Great tips for the makeup beginner!

    http://www.katelinkonfidential.blogspot.com

  • Jacqueline Jax

    Thank for the great concealer tips. Sometimes I skip it but realize that’s not a great Idea. loL. I did use concealer on my last Photoshoot at Key Biscayne and I’m happy I did. Have you seen my The look for Less today? Im showing you how to get an amazing runway style at affordable prices. Capturing those important style elements that highlight the latest trends. Xoxo, Jax
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  • Jacqueline Jax

    I agree. When it’s to light or to orange, it’s so much worse. I also use makeup and a little powder. Xoxo, Jax
    http://Www.BlondiBeach.com

  • Michelle Nicola

    This was super helpful! I especially appreciate the tips on what products to use because I always have a hard time with thy. I also appreciate that all the products were pretty much under $35. I will totally go and buy some of them now that I know affordable products and how to use them. Thank you again!

  • Deanne Castro

    Thanks for the helpful tips!

    For more on fashion and beauty, check out my blog: http://myfashavenue.com/

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  • Cassidy Short

    Thank you for this post! I never seem to know the best way to apply concealer or foundation so this really helps!

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://heartofgoldandglitter.blogspot.com/

  • Honey

    Please advise on the right colour of blush to use. I have yellow toned skin.

  • Honey

    By the way all your tips are amazing. Thanks so much.

  • daisykatherine

    Thanks so much for the tips!

    xoxo

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  • Jen V.

    this is great, but what if you have multiple problems to cover up, or conceal, at once?? what do you recommend for that? i mean, i can’t imagine i’d have to purchase and have all these different products or types of concealers on hand and switch to each in one sitting, would i??

  • Chelsea Teutsch

    Absolutely LOVE the post. Concealer can be so tricky, yet is so crucial. Thanks for the tips!

    http://theaimlesstales.wordpress.com/

  • Joy Kelso

    I know we switched into summer makeup this last spring, and it really helped me with stocking my beauty bag. Can we do it again for fall/winter?

  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    If you’re looking for products on a budget I would go with the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette (comes with a green tone shade, two skin tone shades and a setting powder) for blemishes/pigmentation and the Maybelline Fit Me concealer for under eye circles. Real Techniques and EcoTools have great and affordable brushes as well. Hope that helps!

    http://www.sequindoll.com

  • Franci Gire

    Thanks for the tips Lauren! Sometimes it can be really confusing on how to use all these concealers!

    -Franci
    http://www.TheFashionPalate.com

  • Hailey G

    This is the most amazing post ever! So helpful!!!!
    Hailey from http://adayinthelife96.blogspot.com/

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    Very informative, I do a lot of these already, concealer is sometimes a hard makeup item to perfect!

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca

  • Ashley

    I really enjoyed your intro and these facts are very helpful. Is it best to cover blemishes and then apply foundation, or the other way around?
    Ashley

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • TheEnchantingLife.com

    Great advice, I definitely need to try the one for under eye bags on those early mornings! For more DIY, affordable fashion, yummy recipes, and lots of pictures of my 2 bulldogs, come visit my blog :)

    Have an enchanting day!
    Natalie
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  • Deanne Castro

    Thanks for these wonderful tips!

    For more on fashion and beauty, check out my blog: http://myfashavenue.com/

    Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyFashAvenue and Instagram: http://instagram.com/myfashavenue#

    xo
    Deanne

  • davie peterson

    Thanx so much… this was really helpful! It has already made a big difference for me!

  • fresh Jen

    The best concealer due I’ve ever tried is from ELF cosmetics. It has 4 dif colors and is really cheap! ($7 or under) It has two shades for under eye problems and green for blemishes, even a little setting powder. :)

    Great for teenagers on a tight budget

  • Emma denton

    This post was so helpful! I loved it! Exciting news… I just uploaded my first ever beauty chat video! Please do me a massive favour and check it out! It’s just in a chat on some products that I’m loving this September! Thank you!!! http://www.rosycheekssite.wordpress.com

  • Leila Goreil

    I have this same product! The corrective palate. It’s a great find! I’m on my second repurchase! ELF is a great beauty line! :)

  • Ghazaleh Kermaani

    great tips… i put together a tutorial specifically for dark circles (totally have problems with this myself) – it includes a secret tip! http://beautyandsass.com/2014/02/20/concealing-dark-circles-with-a-secret-tip-tutorial/

  • Stephanie Sokol

    I love these tips for concealer.
    http://www.lifesacupoftea.com

  • http://www.smart-twenties.com/ Samantha Brown

    I love this post! Concealer has always been a bit of a mystery to me but this post explains it so clearly – thank you! I hope I will be able to find some products as cheap as these in Australia!

    I’d love to see a tutorial about highlighting and using bronzer and blush correctly (face sculpting). I always love hearing tips and tricks – I pick up something new every time!

    Sam xx

  • Ella

    Could you make a video to go along with this?

  • KB

    I would love to see a post on concealing scars on the body! I have light skin with red undertone and a few years ago had a horrible allergic reaction on my hands and wrist area leaving scars that have a purplish/brown color. I’ve tried so many products and now that it’s sleeveless/swim suit season I am panicking!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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  • Sparklygoddess

    Concelear is my must have for every day. I use it mostly to hide blemishes and under eye circles but I have problem to set them up properly. I wrote about couple concealers on my blog so check it out: http://sparklygoddess.blogspot.com/
    X

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