The main purpose of concealer is to hide unwanted flaws-think acne, dark circles and age spots. But what you use, and how you apply it, determines if you’re actually helping your skin. “You want your concealer to help give the appearance of flawless skin. The right shade and application method will help to even out your skin tone while covering blemishes, dark circles and redness,” says Rachel Wade, La Prairie Colour Ambassador.
1. Find the right shade. By matching concealer to your skin tone, you can avoid a white, cakey look. Whiteness is caused by using a color that is too light or the wrong tone.
2. Moisturize your skin. Always start with moisturized skin. If the skin is too dry, midday caking and flaking can occur, and the concealer may not “stick” to your skin.
3. Build slowly. Concealer is buildable, meaning you can add more to get heavier coverage. When covering a scar or tattoo, try alternating between layers of concealer and translucent powder to stabilize the concealer.
4. Pat gently. Gently pat makeup into your skin using the fingertips, the heat breaks it down so it works better. Don’t blend too hard or you can rub the concealer.
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