Concealer is, and always has been that one product that just loves to crease under my eyes and practically disappear throughout the day, or before I even get to wherever I’m heading. Here are some of my tips for applying concealers and powders to help your makeup stay put and look flawless all day.
Tips for applying product…
I absolutely love my Beauty Blender for applying concealer. The Beauty Blender is a sponge, which you’re meant to run under water and squeeze a few times before ringing out and using. The sponge then doubles in size and as you apply your product, it works to pick up any excess makeup. This way you know you’re not applying too much, which will just cake up and crease easier. Since there are no brush bristles, you will never have any streaky lines or brush marks either. The beauty blender is amazing for helping with the application of any liquid face product since most full coverage concealers or foundations do tend to be thicker or heavier, especially under the eyes.
Helping your concealer sit better will help it last longer. PATTING (instead of rubbing or swiping) your finger, or sponge in ALL directions, like side to side, or up and down, while applying your concealer helps it blend over all the creases, or wrinkles, and you avoid pushing it deeper into those fine lines. Moving in multiple directions gives the product an even distribution and you aren’t forcing it to sit one way or another. It sits naturally and looks natural too, and since it’s comfortable that way, it’ll stay put. This is something I learned from one of my favourite Beauty Gurus, Jaclyn Hill!
You should also apply your concealer in an upside down triangle shape to lift the eye and brighten the whole under eye area. Applying the concealer just where you have the dark spots actually draws more attention to it as it doesn’t blend as well into the skin. This is especially important if you’re using a concealer that is a shade lighter than your natural skin tone. Apply from right under your inner corner towards the side of your nose, then across your cheekbone towards the outter corner of your eye.
Also, be sure to apply your concealer to the inner and outter edge of your eye. Personally, my outter corner of the eye is really dark and needs it, see where you need to brighten and dab some product on there too. You can also take concealer over the lids to cover up any discolouration or veins and help prime the area for shadows.
Setting everything with a powder…
Setting your makeup with a powder gives it something to grab onto so the wind, or summer heat, or life elements, shall we say, can’t get to it as easily. This way, if something does rub off, it’ll be your powder first, not the concealer, which is totally not as noticeable.
One of my favourite setting powders is the Essence All About Matt translucent powder, which helps mattifiy the skin and set the makeup in place. This product was amazing for me over the summer as it really helped control the oil on my skin, especially the tip of my nose and my forehead, also known as the T zone. It looks stark white and scary in the pan, and trust me, I was SCARED, but it blends out and disappears on the skin. This product will never leave a white cast or shadow and it works just as well for all skin tones. It’s also only 4 bucks from the drugstore so I have no complaints. PS- I have 3 of these.. one in my makeup drawer, one in my purse, and one in my school bag, it’s great for touch ups.
The Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder is my absolute favourite at the moment. It’s very finely milled and glides on the skin effortlessly, it sets my makeup in place all day and I’ve really seen my foundation and concealer last better and sit nicer on the skin with this product than any before. It’s a little on the pricy side but it’s worth it. AND it’s shocking I like this product as much as I do because it doesn’t leave a matte finish on my skin, which is usually what I prefer. I just love the healthy, natural look this gives me without feeling heavy or powdery. I think it’s the winter, my skins been more on the combination-oily side recently so I like to highlight more than usual to avoid looking dead and lifeless. We all know that’s no fun…
Then there’s the Ben Nye Banana Powder, a celebrity makeup artist favourite, and I can see why. This product is called a “luxury powder” for a reason. It’s incredibly smooth and helps your skin look almost airbrushed. It isn’t completely matte but I really don’t mind, it just leaves the most gorgeous satin finish and the yellow tone really helps to brighten and even out the skin.This product does leave more of a glow, or sheen than the Laura Mercier one, so I usually gravitate to that one more. This one also has the BIGGEST mouth and product just flies out the second you unscrew the lid, it definitely makes a mess. BUT the product its self is stunning, especially for under the eyes. We have a strong love hate relationship, it’s complicated.
Be sure to also apply your powder in both directions. Using something like a fan or duo fiber brush helps to really blend everything together and since the bristles on a brush like this are so light and far apart, they won’t let you pick up too much product, which is great when trying to avoid caking or creasing.
My Favorite Concealers…
Naturally, I have to start this section off with the first concealer I ever bought and still love till this day, years later. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, is perfect for brightening the eye area, and has medium coverage. This is my go to concealer for school, or an everyday look as it’s light enough to wear all day but still covers enough to boost my confidence and polish off my look. This product is perfect for someone starting out with makeup because it’s really hard to mess up with, it’s almost fool proof. I will however say the shade selection of this product isn’t the best, there is one medium-deep shade (see picture to the left), which really isn’t that deep and there are no deep shades, bummer.
The ELF HD Concealer has a bit higher coverage, it’s super creamy and blend able but I find it wears off easily if you don’t set it just right. After a bit of practice with this product, I’ve also noticed that you might need to apply a bit extra but the concealer still looks natural, evens everything out, and it does fade really well, it doesn’t get splotchy, ever. What really sells me on this concealer is the neutral undertone and the shade match for my skin is incredible. BUT there are only 3 shades of this concealer available which SUCKS. If you don’t fit into one of the three shades, try one of the brightening or neutralizing shades, and then layer your normal concealer over that. It’s definitely worth a try.
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is the priciest of the bunch, and the best. It has the best coverage, the product sits beautifully on the skin, it stays where you put it, and has a lovely natural finish. I like to call it the “my skin, but better” concealer. I also love how many shades this product comes in, and undertones. As long as you get the right shade for you, which any Sephora associate can help you with, you should be happy with the results. Oh NARS, why must you be so incredible but so pricy? The struggle is real, am I right, Ladies?
Comment your biggest beauty struggle below and let me know what your favourite concealer is, I love trying new products. You can also tweet me and we can have a beauty bestie conversation, tehe. xoxo Anisa ❤