I remember the first time I realized I needed concealer. I had just finished a professional photography shoot to get some headshots done. When the results came back ( because these were taken before the era of digital photography), I was horrified to see dark, looming circles under my eyes. It looked like I had been socked in the face.
A friend of mine, who also ran a successful makeup business out of her home, knew exactly what to do to correct the issue. She asked me if I had ever used concealer or color correcting products. It was obvious by my answer of “what’s that,” that I hadn’t.
She patiently taught me all of the proper steps to choosing a concealer, how to apply the product and where to apply the product. She also taught me about skincare and how to make sure my face was evenly primed and hydrated.
When I went back to have my headshots redone, I was more than happy with the results. No more under eye circles, and my skin looked vibrant and youthful.
Here are a few tips to help you when selecting a concealer that works for you.
- Identify your skin type and choose a formula suited for you. If you’re oily, you might want to go with a liquid concealer, like the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer collection or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment. I prefer the Age Rewind Eraser Treatment, because it delivers fantastic results. This product has been on top ten beauty influencer and beauty magazine picks since it came out, because it truly delivers. It doesn’t cake up, and it literally erases years from your face. If you’re combination to dry skin, I recommend a cream concealer like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit or City Color Photo Chic Concealer and Contour Palette. Stick concealers are another great alternative, and there are many formulas for many different skin types. Some of my favorites are Bourjois Blur The Lines Concealer Sticks and Soap & Glory’s Kick ass Blur and Brighten Concealer . Stick concealers also travel well and are more or less mess free.
- Choose the right shade. This part can get a little tricky, and lining up all of those different shades can get super intimidating. Trust me, I feel you on that. First, determine what your skin undertone is. You can do this by looking at the veins in your wrist. If they appear blue, then you’re cool tone. If they look green, then you’re a warm tone ( your veins aren’t actually green, by the way; they just look green because warm toned skin has a yellowish tint to it so it makes your veins appear green ).
- Apply with a beauty blender or a brush, but be careful and don’t put too much pressure. The skin underneath your eyes is super thin and tender, so you don’t want to do any excess rubbing or pulling.
- Cocktail your concealer with an under eye cream to add extra brightness and hydration.
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