Very few, fortunate people wake up with perfect skin in the morning. Many women have to enlist the help of a few trusty products to get the job done. This includes an easily blendable concealer (as well as a color-correcting concealer), a foundation that delivers just the right amount of coverage and hydration, and a sponge or brush to blend it all together for a natural look. Here are some tips to cover with concealer.
Cover blemishes: First, know that you can only camouflage the redness of a pimple, not the bump itself. To do so, your best bet is to start with a color correcting concealer that cancels out redness, like the green or yellow shade of a color correcting palette. Use a small sponge tip or brush to dot the color-correcting concealer directly on top of the blemish and blend slightly to the slides. Then, dip a small puff in translucent powder and pat it over the spot to set. Now do the same with a thicker concealer that matches your skin tone. One more touch of powder and you’re done.
Cover under-eye circles: The most important thing to focus on when picking an under-eye concealer is to make sure it’s creamy. Dry formulas will settle into fine lines, causing your dark circles to disappear but at the cost of making you look older. Make sure to hydrate the area first with an emollient eye moisturizer and let it absorb for at least five minutes. Then, begin applying the concealer at the inner corner of the eye, using a small brush or sponge in a dabbing motion.
Blend your way out, patting very, very gently. Pretend you’re drawing a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward the bottom of your cheek. This tricks the eye into thinking the whole face has been lifted, like holding light under the eye and shining it upward. Consider color-correcting here, too. If your dark circles have a bluish or greenish hue, use an orange- or peach-toned color to warm and neutralize the darkness.
Apply foundation if your skin is blemished: To downplay red, bumpy skin — whether a result of acne, broken capillaries or rosacea — use a foundation with gold or yellow undertones to visually knock out the redness. Make sure to skip anything super matte because it can read too cakey on bumpy skin and actually make it look worse. Instead, reach for a creamy, lightweight foundation, and use the large flat side of your sponge to get the smoothest application. If you need more coverage, reapply concealer to individual pimples or bumps after foundation.
Here are some tips for foundation
Your skin is dull: Choose a creamy, dewy foundation to infuse light into skin. Begin by dabbing the product over the middle of the face in small dots to the nose, eyelids, cheeks and forehead. Then, use your sponge to blend out to the edges of your face. You want to go softer and softer as you move out toward your hairline to buff the color in. Not only does this look more natural, but skin appears to have a soft, candlelit sheen when the foundation is diffused from the middle out.
Your skin is discolored: Choose a foundation with gold and peach tones to soften dark spots and discoloration. If you just have a few spots, apply foundation directly to them using the thin, precise part of your sponge or brush and pat with your finger to blend into skin. Follow up with powder foundation over the entire face to even everything out.
If you’re dealing with overall discoloration, apply a gold or peachy sheer liquid foundation all over the face and go back and target the problem areas with a heavier cream foundation in the same exact color. Be sure to blend well so there are no lines of demarcation.