Correctly applying concealer is challenging, but it's as vital as the product itself. You can have a high-quality concealer like THE SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28 PA++ and foundation. Still, if you misuse it, it can make your skin look cakey.
Dry and patchy concealer can exaggerate ageing signs, and pimples can appear an hour later. The truth is we all have been there. Here we share the best tips to never experience a concealer issue again.
1. Prepare the Skin
Applying concealer on dry skin can make your face look flawed. The concealer will adhere to dry areas giving you a clown look. Plus, it will highlight wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots, making you look dull and older.
That's why it's crucial to prepare the skin before applying makeup. Moisturise the skin, especially the under eyes area, with a light formula, preferably with hyaluronic acid.
You can try COSRX Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule and INNISFREE Jeju Orchid Eye Cream. These Korean beauty products aren't too thick and are perfect under makeup. Make sure to blend them well to ensure total absorption by the skin.
Another terrific option is to use a hydrating mist like MARY & MAY Rose Collagen Mist Serum before applying the concealer to moisturise the skin.
Do not apply oil under the eye area, as this can make the concealer separate and look patchy.
2. Too Much Concealer
One of the primary reasons the concealer looks heavy and flaky is using too much product. Makeup artists recommend using a brush to perfectly blend the colour. Also, you can use a tissue, q-tip, or damp sponge to gently remove some of the product directly from the skin.
3. Not the Right Shade
Choose a concealer with the same colour as your foundation. This will make the skin look flawless by perfectly covering skin issues like dark circles, pimples, and wrinkles. THE SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28 PA++ comes in nine shades, so it's easy to find the perfect tone for your makeup requirements.
Remember, the primary purpose of using concealers is to cover skin imperfections, not highlight them.
4. Use Setting Powder
For people with oily skin, noticeable ageing signs, or creases under the eyes, it's vital to use a setting powder. Why? Because it prevents the concealer from penetrating the fine lines immediately after applying it.
Setting powders like SKINFOOD Peach Cotton Multi Finish Powder can make your under-eye area look terrific. Use a damp makeup sponge to apply the translucent setting powder for optimal results.
Keep in mind that depending on your concealer's formula, you might need to reapply throughout the day the setting powder to prevent it from looking patchy.
5. Swipe the Concealer
One of K-beauty's secrets to covering eye bags is to swipe the concealer down to the apple of the cheek, drawing a "V" shape. This technique is excellent for perfectly hiding under the eyes dark circles while illuminating the centre of the face making you look more lively.
6. Prefer Creamy Formulas
The best option to prevent creasing is using a lightweight, creamy formula like THE SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28 PA++. According to Korean makeup artists, dry concealers adhere more to the skin emphasising fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.
Always prefer hydrating concealers as they offer the ideal covering balance without drying.
7. Use a Liquid Foundation First
If you want to cover dark under eye circles, it is best to use a liquid foundation like ETUDE HOUSE Double Lasting Foundation before applying concealer. Doing this gives a flawless canvas to blend the concealer, providing excellent coverage.
We suggest applying the concealer in a dabbing motion. Don't forget to use a brush to press the concealer gently. This technique will keep the concealer from looking patchy and dry.
Also, remember to apply concealer on the inner corners of the eyes and avoid using the product past the smile line to prevent highlighting fine lines.
8. Eye Primer
Eye primers are excellent for preventing concealers from separating. Apply an eye primer under the eye area before the concealer. The primer creates a flawless base for the concealer to blend in.
It's best to avoid choosing thick primers as they can leave residue on the skin. Prefer a lightweight and creamy texture instead.