There are so many of you who are curious about how to use concealers and correctors the right way. So, we thought we would give you some guidelines on how to do this without too much hassle.
You may not need concealer
Currently the trend is fresh and dewy looking skin so if you have very good skin or just a few minor blemishes then your foundation can probably take care of that. Apply a layer of foundation all over your face and then go in with another layer in the areas where you need it like under the eyes, around the nose or over blemishes. The key is to “stipple” or use a patting motion with your foundation brush to get the desired coverage. Also remember to set with powder using a patting motion so that you don’t move the foundation around.
How to conceal
First go in with a layer of foundation(Click here to see how to choose the best foundation for you). What your foundation doesn’t cover is where you will conceal.
For under the eyes you can go a shade lighter with concealer. Also remember to use an eye cream under your foundation if you have fine lines around the eyes or a dry under eye area. This will plump up the area and prevent the concealer from settling into lines or looking cakey.
To cover blemishes or other imperfections showing through on the rest of your face use a concealer that matches your skintone. You don’t want to emphasize imperfections with a lighter colour. My favourite concealers are Black Opal Total coverage concealing foundation, Mac Prolongwear concealer and Mac cream concealers. Concealers that are popular amongst BSS members are the L.A. Girl pro concealer because it gives good coverage and it stays in place. Some of the Essence and Catrice concealers are also recommended.
How to correct: Warning!!! Use with caution.
Correcting is when you use a concealer with weird colours like orange, green and purple. There are other colours that you can use as well, but these are the more popular ones. The purpose of correcting is to neutralise an imperfection or tatoo with the opposite colour on the colour wheel. These are called complementary colours.
Green – Red (Rosacea/redface, pimples that are inflamed, reddish birthmarks)
Orange – Blue (Under eye circles, bruises, sometimes birthmarks with a blue, also
dark spots on the face left by blemishes)
Purple – Yellow (Healing bruises with a yellow tinge, dull skin)
If you’re fair-skinned then a pastel shade will work for you like the Essence All I need concealer palette or the Catrice all round concealer palette.
For medium and deeper skintones a more intense colour will work for you. The L.A. Girl correcters are perfect for this. TIP: mix the concealer with a bit of foundation to adjust the colour if it’s too intense for your skintone.
How to apply corrector
The most common way of applying corrector is underneath foundation in the areas where you need it. Apply sparingly. You should hardly be able to see the corrector on the skin. Forget the Insta tutorials where you see people packing on green and orange. This is poor technique. Be careful to pat in product on the areas where you corrected to avoid moving it around. Follow up with your normal concealer. Finally powder to set everything in place.
I also recommend using a finishing spray to make everything look seamless and not so cakey.
Tools to correct and conceal
This is personal preference because anything that works for you is fine. You can use your fingers to conceal under the eyes, a beauty sponge or a fluffy brush. For the rest of your face I would not recommend using fingers but any other beauty tool will do. For small blemishes like pimple marks you can spot conceal with a brush that has a fine point similar to a liner brush or pencil brush. Dab some concealer on the spot then pat in with your finger or a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Remember to set all concealed areas with powder in a patting motion.
I hope that this article helps you to understand the art of correcting and concealing. Let us know if you have any advice or questions in the comments below. Let’s do a before and after challenge where you show us how you cover your problem area
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Have a wonderful week beauties. XOXO