Honestly, I missed the lesson on how and where to apply Concealer. It took me way too long to realize that you should always use your Concealer on top of the foundation (what?!) and that dabbing it into your skin (read: not dragging it) is the secret to cake-free coverage. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to find the best concealer tip, trick, and hack and share it with the world. You’re in.
Keep scrolling for the definitive answer on applying Concealer correctly, plus a few under-the-radar pointers that change how you use your makeup for good.
Step 1: Find the right Concealer for your skin type
Before you start concealing anything, make sure you’re using a formula that addresses your needs. Do you want something lightweight and hydrating? Do you need a procedure that’s long-lasting and full coverage? About eight billion concealers are on the market right now, so play around with a few techniques until you find one that fits your vibe. And, obvs, if you need a few suggestions, these picks are a great place to start:
Step 2: Prep your skin before Concealer
This one’s up for debate, but applying your Concealer after your foundation is always a good idea unless you’re going for a softer, no-makeup makeup look. When you use Concealer first, you remove most of it when you sweep on your foundation or powder products. If you start with foundation (and primer!), you’ll need way less Concealer overall and get a more full-coverage finish. It’s almost like you’re applying it on top of a base.
Step 3: Apply your under-eye concealer in a triangle
Even though you might be tempted to sweep your Concealer directly on top of your under-eye circles or bags, don’t–that’ll highlight puffiness. Instead, draw your Concealer in an upside-down triangle shape (pictured above) to help brighten up your face and de-emphasize any discoloration.