Concealing 101: 5 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

Hi girls,
Every makeup buff knows the true value of concealers – they are lifesavers to be honest. Not everyone is born with a perfect flawless skin. Even if we tend to pamper our skin, time and routine takes its toll on it and the result is not very promising. Eye bags, redness and unexpected zits can spoil your mood at any given day or even ruin that important get-together you have been looking forward to for days! It’s true, we all have been through this.
Thankfully, we have access to concealers that come in every shade, size and texture. Did it ever occur to you that most of us might be using them wrong? I mean, the last thing you want your concealer to do is draw more attention to the spots you’re trying to hide. Don’t worry, I’ve got you. Here are five of the most common mistakes (or rather blunders) people make with concealing that you can definitely avoid to score a seamless makeup finish and look.

Prep Your Skin

Obvious? Only, it’s not that obvious. Most of us don’t really realize the importance of primers so we skip it during makeup. It’s essential, let me tell you. Our face (especially under-eye area) needs some prepping before you go on to conceal. You can find eye primers separately in the market but if you can’t get your hands on one, go for a good primer that suits your skin type. You’ll be surprised with the wondrous effect. Primer compliments your concealer and helps it set better. So next time you have to conceal your dark circle or blemish, don’t forget to treat your face with a good primer first.

Find a Perfect Match

Even if you have a concelaer in your vanity box, you hardly go for separate concealers to tackle the problem of dark circles or redness. Now, that is important. Let me tell you this: You can’t conceal your under eye with the same concealer you use to hide that spot or zit on your cheek. Dark circles have a purplish hue as opposed to red marks that are common on cheeks or nose so an orange or peach colored concealer will do the job. Don’t go too light. A light-colored concealer around the eye is harder to blend with the foundation so choose smartly.

Putting Foundation Over Your Concealer

This one is very common. Answer this: do you wanna thin out the concealer you carefully applied to cover that spot or pimple? No. Coating foundation over concealer does that. Instead, put your concealer over foundation at the spot you wanna hide. Again, don’t go too thick; that looks cakey. Opt for a liquid based formula to have a smoother application and finish.

Going Fierce With Green

You might have seen it in zillion makeup tutorials. Now green does help hide redness of that offending pimple or spot but it should never be caked upon base. No amount of blending will help you get rid of that ugly hue. Use a precise brush to apply it over a blemish. Ideally, you should use a concealer that is a bit lighter than your actual skin color at the base of your active zit or pimple to perfect the camouflage.

Set It

Applying the right concealer gets most of the job done. After coating your face with the foundation, you should go for a translucent powder to leave your face like an even, smooth canvas. A little powder goes a long way so a light dusting over the blemish/spot and the rest of the face will give you better concealing than ever.

Yup, that’s all. Next time you’re concealing that unwanted pimple or eye bag, remember to do it right. Hope this was helpful. Thank you for your support and feedback – don’t EVER stop that! Take care of yourself and those around you. Until next time.
Love, Redah.