How to Use Concealer — Because You Might Be Applying It Wrong

June 18, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Use Concealer — Because You Might Be Applying it Wrong

Today, we're gushing about the most versatile beauty product in any makeup lover’s stash: concealer. It’s likely you’ve come across this all-in-one product while buying other things (like glitter lipstick, for example), and whether you’re hesitant about jumping right into using it or just want a refresher on the many ways it’s saving face beats (and under-eyes), 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 NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop 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.

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When and Where to Apply Concealer

There are many places and times to use a concealer, whether you’re looking to define your brows, hide under-eye circles or conceal acne. You want to be careful not to use too much concealer in order to avoid looking cakey, and to be diligent when you are choosing your shade. You also want to test whether a beauty sponge, concealer brush or fingers work best for you. Ahead, we break down exactly how to cover different areas with concealer with step-by-step tutorials.

How to Use Concealer to Cover Acne and Dark Circles

One of our favorite ways to use concealer, and arguably the most popular, is to conceal blemishes and dark circles. Because concealer is often thicker than foundation, it’s a great way to spot-correct small areas and hide breakouts. In the tutorial ahead, beauty influencer Desi Perkins shares how she uses concealer and foundation to create the flawless skin effect, even in the midst of a breakout. We recommend the Dermablend Cover Care Concealer or the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer for this.

If you struggle with dark circles — whether they’re due to long nights or genetics — try this tutorial by Youkeyy, who shares her best tips for making dark circles disappear.

How to Use Concealer As a Base

On days when you’d rather not pull out foundation, concealer makes a great substitute. It’s an easy way to create an even tone all over without applying a full face and offers a natural, lightweight finish. In the tutorial ahead, Tina Halada shares how she beats her face without foundation, and the results are stunning.

How to Use Concealer to Sculpt Your Brows

Is there anything more important than a strong brow game? Survey says, no. Concealer is the MVP of good brows and can do everything from create an ultra-sculpted brow to hide the fact that you’ve missed a brow appointment or two. For bushy yet sculpted brows, let this tutorial by Gricelda Suarez J be your guide.

How to Use Concealer As Highlight and Contour

One of concealer’s many superpowers is highlighting — which involves placing concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your complexion on the high points of your face and then blending. The result is a brighter, fresh complexion and the technique is now standard practice for no-makeup makeup routines everywhere. You can also use concealer to contour by using a color that’s one to two shades darker than your skin tone. The result? Fresh, glowy, sculpted skin. This tutorial by Jaleesa Moses proves it. We also recommend giving the NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow! Concealer a whirl for this one.

How to Use Concealer To Hide Makeup Mistakes

Concealer is also great for hiding makeup accidents — whether it’s an imperfect wing or messy lip. Using a stiff brush and a skin tone-colored shade, apply concealer to any areas you want to create crisper, sharper lines or cover a mistake. Watch Itsmyrayeraye slay a dark matte lip look to see it in action, ahead.

How to Use Corrective Concealer

There are many different corrective concealers on the market that use color pigments to cancel out redness, discoloration and dark circles (more on covering up scars next!). Ahead, Kyrah Stewart breaks down how to color correct like a pro, using red, salmon, light pink and green corrective concealers. The red/salmon shades cancel out dark circles on her skin, the pink brightens, and the green cancels out redness. She stresses to blend, blend, blend these colors out before applying foundation.

How to Use Concealer to Cover Scars

In this thorough video by kristinaxmakeup, she covers up her acne scars with concealer. She starts with a color-correcting green concealer to cancel out her red scarring and blends it out with a brush. She then applies a concealer that matches her skin tone over top and blends. To complete the look, she adds a layer of the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte and Poreless and Maybelline New York Super Stay Foundation formula.

How to Use Concealer to Cover Dark Spots

Naakie Narty reveals exactly how to cover dark spots without foundation in this video — instead, she uses a light layer of tinted moisturizer and concealer. After spritzing her face with a base layer of the Urban Decay All Nighter De-Slick Setting Spray, she adds her layer of tinted moisturizer and then goes in with two different shades of concealer on each dark spot. She dabs in the formulas with her fingers and adds one more layer of De-Slick.

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