The Beginner’s Guide To Concealer

July 2, 2014
beauty tips, concealer, makeup tips, contouring, highlighting

One product every woman should have in their makeup kit is a good concealer. You already know that they are amazing at correcting spots of acne, scarring and bumps on the skin but they can also be used to highlight the skin. Whether they’re a stick or liquid formula, here is everything you need to know about using a concealer on your skin.

Concealer stick

You may be familiar with the concealer stick from their popularity in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. These types of concealers are the easiest to apply since they are easy to control without over-using too much product at once. If you want to cover up a bump or red imperfection on the skin, a slight dab will offer complete and long-lasting coverage without being too cakey.

Drugstore option: Rimmel Hide The Blemish Cover Stick, $8.40

High end option: NARS Concealer, $36 (comes in 11 different shades).

Liquid concealer

Probably some of the most popular concealers currently on the market, they are versatile and thin enough to use even under the eye. The wand allows you to control how much product you want to distribute, then gently pat with a concealer brush or with your finger. A perfect formula for hiding any under-eye circles, darkness or even broken capillaries.

Drugstore option: Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Concealer, $14.95

High end option: Clarins Instant Concealer, $37.80


If you want to try a flawlessly contoured makeup look like Kim Kardashian, all you need is one concealer which is a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.

  1. For natural looking highlights, use the lighter concealer on the area above the brows, down the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow and right above the apple’s of your cheeks (otherwise known as the T-Zone).
  2. Don’t forget to paint a thin line starting from the chin which connects to the ear on each side.
  3. Blend, blend, blend! Use either a stippling brush to carefully blend the foundation seamlessly. Or better yet, try a slightly damp Beauty Blender ($24.95) for a flawless finish.
  4. Then place the darker concealer on the sides of the nose, the outlines of your forehead and under the cheekbones. Blend together until there are no rough lines on your face.

Image via Ruby Golani

By Felicia Sapountzis

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