|The Secrets of
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The Secrets of Concealer
Concealer is the little white lie of
the makeup world -- we all use it on occasion, and no one has to feel
guilty about this kind of cover-up. But with all the types of concealer
available, women often question how and when to use it.
Concealers come in sticks, pots, cremes,
and pencils. Any type will do. It's okay to use your fingertips to
apply. Just make sure you dab or pat it on -- never wipe or rub. For the
most covert application, use a concealer brush. It helps you to be
subtle and precise, especially when you're working on small areas like
blemishes (yes, we all get them -- pimples, zits, and the occasional
Even when you're blemish-free, there are places where concealer works
miracles: under the eyes to cover dark circles, on the outer corners of
the eyes (where it's often reddish or dark), around the nostrils, and in
the dark bluish spots where each eye meets the bridge of the nose (check
your face in this place, as most of us get a bit of a dent there). A dot
on either side keeps the eyes looking brighter.
Basically, concealer is a slightly heavier version of foundation. If
you're using concealer with foundation, go with a color that's one shade
lighter than the foundation. These two products work in tandem to bring
your face to one tone.
Apply concealer first, to cover dark
spots or blemishes, then go over the concealed areas with foundation. If
the spots are still dark, you can go back and apply more concealer on
top of the foundation. (When I'm working under the eyes, I sometimes add
more concealer over the foundation just to make the eyes pop a bit
If you're using just concealer without
foundation over it, make sure the concealer matches your skin tone. This
can be tricky, since it's offered in far fewer shades than foundation.
If the color's too light, you'll actually draw more attention to the
problem you're covering. But if you get a great match, you can get by
with spot concealer and nothing else on the face -- even with blemishes.
Sometimes foundation alone can take the place of concealer; although
it's a lighter formula, you can use it in the same areas and it often
does the trick. On the other hand, if you're not wearing foundation,
just use concealer.
It's really your choice: foundation alone, concealer alone, or a
combination of the two. Another option is tinted moisturizer. If your
skin's nearly perfect, it's all you need.