There is much more to using concealer than just covering blemishes. It can hide a multitude of sins – from dark circles to dark spots – and the best concealer can also help with contouring, but if there’s one question we get almost weekly it’s – where to put concealer?
To answer this, and get advice on how to apply concealer like a pro, we’ve enlisted expert help.
She’s previously explained how to use concealer on mature skin, and how to apply eyeshadow and now she’s back to help us to get the best coverage possible. For further inspiration, follow Victoria’s incredible looks on her Instagram page, @victoria_howe_makeup.
Before we dive into explaining where to put concealer, it’s worth flagging up that concealer should be put on top of your foundation, not the other way round. This is how the experts do it.
This will give you the baseline coverage you need, and reveal the gaps. This will help you know where to put concealer.
You can, of course, use concealer underneath your foundation if you want to but you’ll get a better effect if you put it on after.
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It’s recommended you apply concealer in a shade lighter than your foundation/skin tone if you’re using it for contouring and when creating light and shadows on your face.
But you’ll need a matching shade if you’re using it for covering blemishes.
If you try using a lighter concealer on blemishes, it will draw more attention to them, not less and will mean they won’t blend into the rest of your bases.
If you need help with finding both your shade, and a shade lighter, you can also check out our How to find your perfect foundation match online and in-store guide.
Right, now we’ve got all that sorted – where should you put concealer?
Well – it depends on what you’re trying to achieve.
She’s also explained how to use concealer on mature skin, as the rules can be slightly different.
If you’re looking to use concealer to highlight and contour your face, then the recommendations are as follows:
On your under eyes, Victoria recommends applying an upside down triangle shape of concealer.
This will not only cover dark circles but it will help lift your eye and draw attention up from your mouth to your eyes.
You can also use it to create natural highlight and, in this instance while using a shade lighter, you should put it wherever the light hits your face naturally.
When contouring, we also apply a line below the contour lines under our cheekbones, to lift the cheekbones further and create a sharper line.