Concealer: Main Tricks on How to Apply and Choose the Right Color

11 Dec

A Girl Applying Concealer Concealer is a makeup product used to cover up skin imperfections. It can be used to cover pimples, small blemishes, scars, and dark under-eye circles.

It works by covering the blemish with a skin tone makeup, which blends it in with the skin around it.

Foundation’s job is to even skin tone, but foundation alone may not be enough to cover some blemishes. Neither liquid nor powder foundation provides enough coverage to hide red or dark marks on the skin.

Concealers contain more pigment than foundation, so it can cover blemishes better.

Different Types

Concealers are available in three main types: solid, powder, and liquid. Each has its own unique properties and benefits.

  • Solid sticks look similar to a lipstick tube. They work well to cover up scars and blemishes, but it does not blend well. It is not ideal for sensitive skin around the eyes or large blemishes.
  • Liquid cover up is good for large areas of the face. It works well to cover acne, dark circles, and blemishes. It does not offer as much coverage as a solid stick, but it is easier to blend.
  • Powder cover up is easy to blend with a makeup brush but provides the least amount of coverage. It is best used for lighter blemishes and under eye circles.

Different Colors to Conceal Blemishes

Concealer is available in a range of skin tones, but some blemishes may require a different color under the cover up. A Concealer Colorscolored solid stick is used under the concealer to better hide the blemish.

  • White is used on dark under-eye circles or a bruise. It can also brighten dull skin.
  • Green or blue are used to cover red blemishes. They help hide acne or rosacea.
  • Purple helps make the complexion look brighter.

When to Apply

You can apply this product either before or after foundation. For under-eye circles, use it before foundation. For pimples and small scars, use it after foundation because applying foundation can rub off the product.

How to Apply

You can apply concealer with your finger, a brush, or a makeup sponge. For liquid and cream products, you can use the pad of your finger to blend it into your skin. For cream formulas, a sponge will give you better control.

Apply product only to your blemishes and gently tap your finger or sponge to distribute the product. Start with a small amount and gradually add more until the blemish is covered. Dust powder over the area to blend the makeup.


  • For under-eye circles, use a formula made to cover these tough blemishes. They brighten the area to help hide the circles.
  • To cover pimples, cover the red area with product using a stiff brush. Let dry and repeat with a second coat. Dust with powder.
  • Hide scars by using an angled brush over just the scar tissue. If the scar raises above your skin, use a shade that matches your skin tone. For scars that sink under your skin, use a shade lighter than your skin tone.


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