Your Concealer Questions Answered
3 Tips for Perfect, Long-Lasting Concealer
I received so many questions after yesterdays post about my concealer tips I thought a follow up would be helpful today! Let me know if you have more questions by commenting below the post! Thanks!
Should we try picking a shade a little lighter than our normal color to give a brighter look? Or do you want to try to match it to your foundation? Yours seems brighter…mine is darker so maybe that’s what I’m doing wrong?
Generally I choose a concealer shade a bit lighter than my foundation color so that area looks a little brighter. You certainly don’t want to go TOO bright because it may not look realistic. You definitely do not want to choose a shade darker than your foundation though, that will not contribute to the brightening look!
Do you ever use a peachy-colored corrector first, then a concealer on top?
I did for a long time but stopped using it (I’m actually not sure why I did!). The peach colored corrector can help cover dark circles because, according to the color wheel, orange will negate purple. You want to use corrector sparingly and then apply concealer on top of it for the best results!
What is the difference between this setting powder and It cosmetics bye bye pores that you’ve mentioned before?
This one is a brightening powder and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores is simply a translucent setting powder. You could try using Bye Bye Pores as a setting powder for under your eyes, but generally loose powder tends to be a safer choice because you avoid putting it on too heavily.
What is the reason for putting on your concealer after foundation?
Foundation coverage can vary, but especially if you are using a medium to full coverage foundation, the goal would be to apply it, blend it in, and set it in place. If you were applying concealer FIRST, you may smudge the concealer when you are blending in the foundation. Since concealer is typically a thicker product than foundation, you always want to apply the thinner base products first, and finish with the thicker ones for best results.
While I’m talking about it, I’m also a huge fan of doing my eye makeup before applying foundation to avoid any dark eyeshadow falling onto my cheekbones. This can make your face look dirty, so if you have trouble with that, apply your eye makeup first, wipe away any fall out, and then finish with your foundation.
Can setting my concealer accentuate my fine lines since my skin is older?
It really depends on the concealer and your skin. Trial and error is how I learned a lot of what I know about makeup. I would lean towards a creamy concleaer for older skin and only use a very, very small amount of loose powder to set the concealer.
I still get smudges under my eyes from mascara and eyeliner. What am I doing wrong?
It may be from a few different things. Use a waterproof eyeliner and potentially a waterproof mascara. If you dislike waterproof mascara, try only using it on your lower lashes. If your mascara flakes off regularly, it’s either time for a new tube or time for a different kind! Eyeliner running or smudging can be corrected with setting power or even applying a big of face powder with a small brush right under the line of eyeshadow. My best suggestion, though, would be to use a black or dark brown eye SHADOW instead of eyeliner if you can’t seem to figure out the problem. Wet a small angled brush and apply the eyeshadow just as you would eyeliner. Once it dries you’ll have the definition, perhaps not as solid in color as an eyeliner would be, without the issue of it smudging or running.