Arguably the most versatile beauty product in any makeup lover’s stash is concealer. You’ve likely come across this all-in-one product while strolling the beauty aisles or stumbled upon a TikTok hack that uses it. Whether you’re completely clueless about its transformative powers or just want a refresher on how to cover dark circles, we’re sharing our best tips for how to use concealer, ahead.
How to Use Concealer Correctly
Using concealer is relatively simple depending on the applicator. If you opt for a concealer with a doe-foot applicator like the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer, simply pull the product out of the tube, dab it on the areas you would like to conceal and blend with your fingers.
If you are using a concealer with a sponge-tip applicator like the Maybelline New York Age Rewind Concealer, simply crank the formula up to the top and you’ll see it begin to seep out of the sponge tip. Then, dab the sponge onto areas you are looking to conceal. You can also use the sponge to blend instead of your fingers.
Where to Apply Concealer
Think of concealer quite literally: it conceals whatever you want it to, whether that be redness or dark circles. Apply a light layer of it anywhere you want to cover up, and allow the product to dry down for a few seconds before you blend it in to achieve higher coverage.
When concealing a breakout, we recommend choosing a shade as close to your skin tone as possible. You can use the same shade under your eyes, but some people prefer to use a color that’s one to two shades lighter than their skin tone for a brightening effect. You may also want to test whether a beauty sponge, concealer brush or fingers work best for you to blend. Below, we break down exactly how to cover different areas with concealer with step-by-step tutorials.
How to Cover Acne With Makeup
In this video, Kensthetic shares how she uses concealer and the Lancôme Teint Idôle Foundation to achieve a flawless finish on her textured, acne-prone skin. She allows her concealer to sit for five minutes before applying foundation on top to get maximum coverage.
How to Cover Dark Circles With Makeup
According to Smitha Deepak, the key to covering dark circles and under-eye bags with makeup is to prep the skin properly. That means using an eye serum, eye cream and primer before you even go in with concealer. She makes it all look easy in the tutorial below.
For a minimalist everyday look, check out this tutorial by Imecia McCurtis. All you need to do is dab a light layer of concealer on any imperfections you want to cover up — for McCurtis, those are the dark circles under her eyes and the hyperpigmentation around her mouth.
How to Highlight and Contour With Concealer
Learn how to accentuate your features with this in-depth highlight and contour tutorial from Alexandra Anele. She skips foundation in favor of using concealer and a cream contour product.