A must-have in every cosmetic kit, concealer helps to hide pimples, scarring, uneven skin tone and dark circles under the eyes. It also helps foundation go on smoother, creating a flawless finish to the face. An important tip when applying concealer is to use a minimal amount to keep the imperfections from being obvious. Using the basic colors of concealer — yellow, lavender and green — you can cover up flaws by neutralizing the imperfection tones.
Use yellow-toned concealer to hide imperfections such as dark under-eye circles, slight bruising and slightly red areas, usually around the nose or cheekbones. Always use this colored concealer to cover anything that contains a purple-like tinge to the skin, as well as some light red areas.
Choose a lavender concealer to help neutralize skin that appears yellow, especially on those who have a sallow-like complexion. Cover your yellow-tinged bruises with lavender concealer; and it is also used to cover extremely dark under-eye circles and dark spots on medium to dark skin.
One of the most frequently used cover-ups, green concealer helps to reduce redness on the skin. Use green tint to cover pimples, red spots on the cheeks and nose, rosacea and any other red spots or markings.
Applying the Concealer
When using any color of concealer, apply it correctly and sparsely to avoid the markings from becoming too obvious. Begin by applying the concealer to the area with a small concealer brush, which are made with tiny bristles for precise application. Dab on a few dots of concealer to the area, and allow it to dry for total coverage. Apply either a makeup concealer over the colored concealer, or you can add a foundation that matches your skin tone. Use a wedge sponge to apply the foundation, and blend in with a downward motion. Set the foundation with a translucent powder to keep makeup fresh and to avoid it from running.
References and ResourcesPaula's Choice: How to Choose and Use Concealer
Stylelist: Find Your Perfect Concealer Shade
Oprah: How to Find the Right Concealer