I’ve been ditching concealer lately, and not because I’m completely rested that I don’t need it….more like that it’s caking and creasing and I’ve given up hope on being able to fix it…until I came across these valuable tips that is. Read below for 7 ingenious and super-easy tips on how to apply concealer that remains fresh and crease-free the whole day!
1 || Hydration
Just like you would never apply foundation without moisturising first, same goes for concealer. Hydrate with a good eye cream prior to applying anything.
2 || Formula
Choosing the right formula is key. Determine your skin type first and choose the formula accordingly. Anything that is too drying, too thin, too thick, or even too moisturising can crease. Mature skin requires more hydrating formulas such as Tarte Creaseless Concealer. For undereye bags and dark circles you will need a thicker formula that can provide heavier coverage such as M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer.
3 || Ditch The Brush
Even though some makeup artists might disagree with this but using your hands is much more effective than using the actual concealer brush. The warmth from the fingertips will help the product meld into the skin and thus prevent creasing. You can actually warm your hands before application.
4 || Handle Fine Lines
To avoid the concealer settling in fine lines, you have to apply it carefully. Look up and stretch the skin ever so slightly so you can apply the concealer onto a flat surface. You must do this extremely carefully and gently as you don’t want the repeated pulling and tugging at this delicate area to exacerbate the problem.
5 || Layer It
You can use more than one type of concealer for your undereye area depending on your skin type and coverage requirements. You can start with a sheer liquid concealer that works for everyone such as Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, and you can then add another concealer if you want more coverage. Add your layers carefully using the tips above.
6 || Set It
A trick that I found works best for me is to use translucent setting powder over my concealer. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is my go-to product. The powder helps the concealer remain fresh all day. You can gently press the loose powder into your concealer before it dries using a flat shaped brush or a powder puff.
7 || Bake It
The baking technique is another tip for crease-free concealer. This tip involves using a thick layer of setting powder over your concealer and letting it “bake” using your body heat for a few minutes. The excess powder will then be brushed off. Aim to use a setting powder that includes some level of moisture in it such as Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder. After brushing off excess powder, dust a light layer of Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to seal it all in.