Make sure a concealer or make up matches your skin. See how it looks in bright light or sunlight. It should blend so well that it seems transparent on the skin, yet it hides the desired areas. A more natural look is when you use sheer layers. Here are some tips to get the best results out of concealer:
Tip 1 - Put a small amount on your fourth fingertip. Dot it on and move from the outside corner of the eye inward, and back out again.
Tip 2 – Concealer can be used over or under foundation, whichever way you choose, be sure to blend, blend and blend. While you are blending, be gentle to your skin. A triangular makeup sponge can be used to blend in a gentle back-and-forth dotting motion.
Tip 3 - Always prep dry skin with moisturizer before applying.
Tip 4 - Don’t use concealer on freckles and pigmentations unless you really need to because they may require heavier layers which could make them look worse.
Tip 5 – When it comes to dark circles, use your fingertips for the under eye area. Use a shade lighter than your foundation if they are recessed. Use a bit darker if they are puffy.
Tip 6 – To hide spider veins, you will need a yellow-based concealer.
Tip 7 – Don’t forget the most susceptible areas like the nose bridge, corner of mouth and outer corner of eyes. These areas need special attention while applying concealer.
Tip 8 - Apply concealer sparingly. It shouldn’t be cakey or thick.
Tip 9- After applying, smile into the mirror and check that you applied the concealer evenly. Blot gently with a tissue over uneven spots.
Tip 10 – After you have finished, lightly brush with a sheer translucent powder. This will set your concealer.
Tip 11 - Always have two concealers. Have one for your tanned days whether from a tanning booth or from the sun, and one for your normal skin tone.
Tip 12 - Do not keep concealer or other cosmetics for more than a year. It could harbor bacteria which will cause your face to break out