Concealer Hacks

Almost ten years ago, I decided to stop wearing foundation. At the time, my skin was looking pretty good and I realized I didn’t need it. Not to mention, I hate how most foundations feel like a heavy mask. I’ll still wear it on occasion if I need to, but usually I just wear concealer instead. When using concealer as a foundation replacement, there’s quite a few adjustments that need to be made and I’ve learned many tricks over the years to make the process even more effective.

1.) Apply less for more coverage
This was probably the biggest adjustment I had to make. The “triangle application” under the eyes isn’t always the best option. Rather than reaching for heavier concealers and applying more of it, try using a medium coverage/lightweight formula instead. Apply it sparingly in targeted areas around the face and slowly build up the coverage as needed. The results will look more natural and feel more comfortable.

2.) Blend with finger
A dense brush is usually my preferred method to apply concealer, but this Trèstique Conceal, Cover, & Correct Crayon made me realize how effective it is to pat concealer in with the fingertips instead. This can be done with any formula and works better if the hands are warm. It does take a little more time and patience than using a brush, but it uses less product, provides more coverage, and looks totally natural because the warmth of the finger helps the formula melt into the skin.

3.) Let it sit
This is a little trick I discovered accidentally. I applied the concealer to different areas around my face and by the time I went back with my brush to pat it in (~30-60 seconds), the formula seemed to have thickened up and I was left with a more high coverage result. Now, I use this method all the time. It works great around the eyes and the nose, but it’s especially perfect for concealing blemishes. Just don’t forget to go back to it! I’ve definitely left the house with unblended concealer dots before. Embarrassing!!

4.) Blot to prevent creasing
Whether you’ve packed on too much concealer or have fine lines like me, try blotting off the excess a few minutes after applying. Do this right before setting it with powder. That will not only help to eliminate the risk of cake face, but will also prevent the concealer from settling into creases.

5.) Shade matching is essential
For the longest time, I used a concealer that was close enough to my skintone. It wasn’t perfect, but because it’s so inconvenient to try different colors that all look very similar I just didn’t even bother with it. It wasn’t until stumbling upon my perfect shade match in the Trèstique concealer that I realized what a difference it can make. When the concealer shade and undertone color match the skin perfectly, the concealer becomes almost invisible - making it seem as though the skin is naturally flawless. Who doesn’t want that?

As with anything in life, makeup application and perfection takes time, practice, and trial and error. I’ve definitely gone through all of those hurdles in discovering these concealer hacks. Finding my correct shade and using less product were two of the biggest adjustments that made the most noticeable difference. I can’t stress the importance of those enough!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥


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