12 Easy Ways To Actually Put On Concealer The Right Way

Of the many things in this world that cause me a dumb amount of irrational anger simply because they never really work quite the way I would like them to–sexting, clowns, myself when I have numerous responsibilities that all require my immediate attention and I can’t force myself to do any of them–there are none that irk me as  much as concealer.

I can’t say for sure if this is a common problem or not, but I suspect that it is. Concealer always feels like it’s something that should be on the easier side of the makeup spectrum (you know, the one that has contouring and applying winged liner on the “difficult” end and, like, rubbing on a tinted moisturizer with your hands on the other), because, in theory, you just swipe it on over something you’d like to cover up and don’t have to give it a thought for the rest of the day. But if you’ve ever tried to conceal a massive pimple or super-dark under eye circles, you’ll know that concealer often ends up doing more harm than good–accentuating a zit rather than covering it up, creasing in odd places, or just looking, like, off for reasons that you can’t quite place.Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your concealer better at, you know, actually concealing things. So, check out these easy ways to put on your concealer the right way:

1. First, you need to know about the different types of concealers you have to work with:

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2. You should also know about brushes–you should always be using a concealer-specific brush when applying concealer, not just any brush you have lying around:

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3. As a basic guide, here’s a chart of good places to put your concealer if you’re not sure what to do with it–you don’t have to only put it in these places, obviously, but  it’s a good starting point:

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4. You should also only put on concealer once you’ve applied your foundation (if you wear foundation). That way, you can blend it with your foundation:

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5. Wanna know how to cover up a pimple? Here’s a guide. The key is making sure that you’re actually blending everything really smoothly:

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6. If you’ve got a bunch of pimples (which, uh, many of us do) here’s a more comprehensive guide to covering up patches of acne–if you’ve got a green color-correcting pencil, this will come in handy here:

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7. Speaking of color correcting, here’s an easy guide to the colors you can use. Basically, you just apply a little bit under your concealer depending on what you need it to do:

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8. Got bags under your eyes? Put a triangle under your eyes, not just dots:

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9. You can also do more of a right triangle shape, rather than an equilateral one, if you feel like you want to get up closer to your eye:

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10. Creasing–AKA when lines appear under your concealer–is a big issue for lots of people. Here’s how to avoid creases:

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11.  You can also create an easy eyeshadow primer out of concealer and hypoallergenic lotion to prevent your eye makeup from creasing:

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12. All this still seem too complicated? Just make this DIY tinted moisturizer–all you have to do is mix moisturizer and concealer to your desired level of coverage and rub it on your face:

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Do you have trouble with concealer too? Were you surprised by any of these tips? Let us know in the comments!

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