Concealer is the most hardworking multitasker of all time. A product that can brighten under-eye circles and cover pimples? I’m sold. It’s likely one of the first beauty products you tried, and the one you turn to even on “no makeup” days.
Everyone has their own tips and tricks for using concealer, and some are… better than others. Should I really make a big triangle under my eye when applying concealer? Do I put it on before, or after my foundation? And what even is baking? Fret not—we’ve tapped some experts to set the record straight.
Myth #1: More is better
Jeannie Vincent, a Boston-based makeup artist, says less is more, especially on maturing skin. “Instead of applying concealer all over the under eye in a windshield wiper motion, I like to only apply concealer to the very darkest and deepest points, usually closest to the nose (inner corner) and outer corner, or in the line that makes up the ‘bag’ of the eye,” she says. “If you have puffiness around the eye and apply concealer all over, it will magnify the issue instead of masking it. Only apply concealer in the deepest lines in order to make the whole area appear flatter.”
Myth #2: All powders will set your concealer
Applying powder to concealer can help it stay in place, but only if it’s the right kind, explains Neil Scibelli, New York City-based makeup artist. “While I do think it’s important to set concealers, which I do mostly if a client is appearing on TV or being photographed, it’s important to use a very finely milled, translucent powder,” he says. “Using just any foundation powder around the eyes can sometimes just bring out fine lines around the eyes. They also don’t blend as easily.”
Myth #3: You need to bake
Myth #4: One concealer shade will work for your whole face
Myth #5: Crease-proof concealer is universal
If dark circles and under-eye puffiness are ongoing issues, try brow pinching:
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