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Concealer 101: Everything You Need To Know About Using Concealers

You use it to cover up dark circles and that pesky zit, but how much do you know about concealers?

Using less product is key to applying concealer properly

concealers It could be the concealer’s formula, but you might be using too much product if you find that your concealer’s settling into your fine lines by mid-day. Shannon’s tip is to apply the concealer further away from the lower lashline and blend it upwards with a makeup brush so you can better control the amount of concealer you are getting on your undereye.

One other tip we’ve gleaned from watching Korean celebrity makeup artist Jung Saem Mool’s makeup demonstration at the launch of her brand in Singapore recently is to pick up the concealer using a concealer brush, then gently dab it on the spot that you want to conceal. But doing so, you won’t run the risk of overdosing on concealer and looking patchy.

Should you apply concealer before or after foundation?

This is the million-dollar question that even makeup artists cannot agree on. There seems to be a general consensus that concealers go on after foundation, so the concealer doesn’t “shift” but Shannon says that there is no “right” way of doing it, because makeup should be fun. “I prefer to use concealer over the foundation because I like to look at it as a ‘magic eraser’ to take away any flaws that can still be seen after I use the IT Cosmetics CC cream.”

Get your shade right

concealers “If you don’t get your shade right, everything’s just going to look wrong,” says Shannon. Her personal preference is to get a concealer that’s one shade brighter so it brightens up the overall under-eye area. And it’s the “rule” that many Youtubers keep to, using a concealer to double as a highlighter.

But if you’re using the concealer on other parts of your face too, this might not work, so it’s always best to get a professional opinion by approaching the sales staff to get your shade matched.