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Which concealer suits my skin – and how to apply it?

Concealers make sallow faces look fresh and conceal shadows under the eyes and minor redness. However, only if the right consistency is ensured and the product is applied optimally, otherwise the hoped-for transparent look can quickly end up in a masked look. Tikbow has the best tips!

Which concealer is suitable for my skin type?

Concealer is available in liquid and cream form – if you tend to have dry skin, you should use the liquid version. It offers additional moisture and is easier to blend and work into the skin. Liquid products are therefore perfect for highlighting (and concealing) under the eyes. A creamy concealer, on the other hand, makes sense especially for combination and fair skin, as it usually has a higher covering power. Impurities or discolorations hardly stand a chance.

Which shade should I choose?

There are concealers in different skin tones and undertones, which are based on the different nuances – from yellowish to pinkish, whereby one speaks here also of warm or cool undertones. In addition, there are also products whose color does not mimic the skin tone, but rather is intended to even out certain tones. These types of concealer are mainly used in the principle of color correction.

What does a concealer do for color correcting?

Color deviations such as shadows under the eyes or discolorations on the face are covered specifically and completely. Color correcting can therefore create a good basis for flawless make-up. Keyword complementary colors: A concealer in a green shade neutralizes redness in the face caused by pimples or impurities. A yellow to salmon-colored product, on the other hand, neutralizes bluish and purple shades that often appear under the eyes.

Concealer for contouring

Contouring is a topic that can hardly be avoided –by using light and dark nude tones, areas of the face are highlighted or placed in the background. Especially when applying darker colors, creamy products are recommended, as they do not run as easily, are harder to blend and thus allow more precise contours to be drawn. When applying lighter shades, you should choose the consistency of a concealer that does not additionally dry out dry areas of the face and also reliably covers areas that quickly become oily.

Applying concealer correctly

Before or after foundation?

As a general rule, if foundation is used, it should be applied before the concealer. On the one hand, this is because applying the foundation would remove most of the product, and on the other hand, because concealer often contains light-reflecting pigments that ensure a fresh complexion. However, if the concealer is applied first and then the foundation, these pigments are covered by the heavier makeup. An exception is made for color-correcting products – these should always be applied before the foundation.

Where should I apply it?

To cover dark circles, the product should be applied in a triangular shape under the eye – starting from the inner corner of the eye, down to the cheek and back up to the outer corner of the eye. You can also use concealer to set small highlights, for example in the corner of the eye or in the middle of the eyelid. This makes the look even fresher and more awake.

How do I apply it correctly?

It is best to distribute the concealer in the same way as you apply your foundation: With your fingers, with a makeup egg, with a stippling brush. Make-up professionals particularly like to apply the product with their fingers, because the warmth of the body ensures that the product warms up and is easier to work in. However, it is important to always pat in gently instead of rubbing, otherwise patches will form. In addition, you should always make sure that the product is blended well with the contour, especially when contouring, otherwise blurred edges and light spots will result.