The concealer may be the best cosmetic in your arsenal if you are one of the many women who are in need of blemish patch-ups in order to get a flawless look.
The concealer is used in cases of erupted capillaries, dark circles under the eyes, unsightly acne and non-removable blemishes such as scars; it may even be used to even out the tone in slightly off-hued areas. There are several varieties of this cosmetic to choose from, but it is recommended that you go for stick concealers; these are very manageable and smooth with application, and does not pull or stretch the skin.
The creamy and liquid varieties are oil-based and will inevitably slide or glide on your face, leaving creases and smears in the process. Those that are available in small pots would take skill in dexterity, as you would have to use your fingers for application (a difficult task if you have particularly long nails).
People with dry skin types are recommended to use varieties containing emollients for moisture; those with oily skin should use oil-free and antibacterial variants for treating blemishes effectively.
Choose the shade which approaches as close as possible to your skin tone.
Concealers usually come in three shades; dark, medium, and colorslight; although there are varieties which contain other hues, which may be of use for special purposes. In trying on the compatibility of a shade, apply the cosmetic from the center of the blemish you would like to cover, and smoothly make your way outwards.
While it is still moist, apply a layer of loose face powder on top in order to let it set the concealer into place. As soon as it dries, you may be able to decide whether the application complements your skin or not. For certain problem areas like the blue-black circles under the eyes, or for the pesky task of covering acne, evening out the skin, or hiding burst capillaries, it is advisable that you use a concealer with a yellow undertone, one which is two shades lighter than that of the skin.
An important note in application: always apply it on top of the foundation, and before putting on loose face powder.
Doing the applications in the wrong order would result in the look of smeared concealer upon the consequent application of foundation. In order to avoid the effect of highlighted blemishes, treat the skin with a light moisturizer for an undercoat, allowing it to set in, before patting the residue with a tissue.
In covering under-eye circles, delicately pat the cosmetic under the eyes with your index finger, then blend it outwards, being careful not to drag the skin in the effort. In covering eye bags, apply it on the shadow underneath the bag; take note that you shouldnâ€™t apply it on the bag, because you will end up making the condition prominent rather than having it covered up. For treating burst capillaries or evening out the skin tone, try massaging it on the skin, or with the use of a brush, paint it on and then blend it later with the fingertips.
Application of the concealer with a brush is advisable if you aim to cover up blemishes or spotted areas. In case the concealer ends up drying and caking on the creases and wrinkles around the eyes, apply eye cream before using a bit of concealer, preferably that of the matted finish variety, in order to project the final look of smoother skin. Visible scars are difficult to cover up, but may be effectively toned down with the use of heavy-duty concealers, such as the waterproof variety used in television. To give the application longevity, set the applied area with a pat of powder.