The Right Way To Apply Concealer For Even Skin Tone


Concealer. Ask any woman and they’d probably tell you that this is their must-have beauty product aside from gel nails and many others. In fact, there are many who choose to skip out on foundation and just use concealer. With more emphasis on skincare and natural, basic makeup look nowadays, people have turned away from putting on tons of makeup as part of their makeup routine to achieve the appearance of flawless skin. Instead, most just rely on a thin layer of powder, cream or liquid concealer to cover up blemishes, dark spots or dark circles. And, we’re aren’t that surprised! When applied correctly, concealer has the power to brighten up any dull and tired complexion, especially when you add a korean lipstick to your look!

But, many are also hesitant when it comes to concealer. For example, those with oily skin prefer not to cake too much makeup on their face. Or, you may be struggling to find the perfect shade of concealer for your skin tone. Well, unlike foundation, you aren’t trying to match the shade of your concealer to your natural skin tone. Depending on what you’re using concealer for, and which area of the face you’re planning to apply it, the shade you should pick for your concealer varies accordingly. If you struggle with similar problems, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ve compiled the best tips on choosing concealer and the proper way to apply it. Keep reading to find out more!

How to Pick The Perfect Concealer

As we’ve mentioned before, the concealer you should use depends on a variety of factors. However, as a general guideline, you should pick one that has a yellow undertone. You should also pick one that’s one to two shades lighter than your foundation. What’s more, you should get at least two different shades of concealer to use during the summer and winter months. This is especially so if you like tanning. Your skin tone will definitely be darker compared to the winter, so you should use a concealer that’s a few shades darker during the summer.


NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer

The ideal concealer for smoothly covering blemishes, imperfections, skin discoloration, and under-eye circles. It is long-lasting, easy to blend and apply; definitely a fan favorite!


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 

Long-wearing and crease-proof, this concealer is known for its luxurious texture and luminous finish. It is easily buildable and only small amounts are necessary for medium to full coverage.


PONY EFFECT Coverstay Liquid Concealer

This matte high coverage concealer is formulated with hyaluronic acid for its moisturizing effects throughout the day. It is suitable for long-wear and will keep your skin from getting cakey and dry.


Should You Apply Concealer Before or After Foundation

If you’re using an under-eye concealer, you should apply it before foundation. For any other purposes, apply your concealer after foundation. This prevents your concealer from getting rubbed off from your delicate skin when you apply foundation, unlike a no smear lipstick that’s tougher to remove. What’s more, the foundation already provides your skin with some coverage. So, if you’re looking to cover up minor blemishes, your foundation alone may be sufficient.

How to Apply Concealer

When putting on concealer, you should apply it in thin layers and gradually build up coverage instead of applying a lot at once. As for the actual application, some people prefer to use their fingers while others use makeup brushes or sponges – either way you should have a contour guide for best results. All these methods are fine so feel free to go with one that works best for you.

But, if you more detailed instructions on how to apply concealer, follow these steps below:

1. When applying concealer to the under-eye, ‘dot’ your concealer slightly below the lower lash. You can use your finger, makeup sponge, or makeup brush.

2. To blend your concealer, tap it lightly into the skin. An important tip to note is to never rub your concealer when blending it out, always dab concealer. The skin under your eyes is extremely delicate and thin, so you don’t want to be too harsh or forceful when applying makeup around this area. What’s more, rubbing your concealer will only make it uneven.

3. If there are other areas or blemishes you would like to conceal, apply them in a similar manner as described in the first two steps. Remember to apply your concealer in thin layers if you require more coverage.

4. Finally, to set your concealer, apply some powder. We find that loose powder applied with a powder brush works best to set concealer. As a bonus step, you can wear a warm red lipstick so the attention is to your lips!

How to Disguise Dark Under-Eye Circles

If you’re looking to conceal dark eye circles, you should use a peach toned concealer that is specially formulated for this purpose. Ordinary concealers are meant to hide redness like pimples and zits. As such, they don’t provide the coverage you need to disguise dark under-eyes. On the other hand, under-eye concealers tend to be more pigmented and cover up dark eye circles by brightening the area.

Perfect Pairings

BH Cosmetics Blushing in Bali Palette

Achieve a sun-kissed complexion inspired by exotic islands with this 6 Color Blush and Highlighter Palette. In silky matte and shimmer finishes, it creates a natural flush to the cheeks. 


How to Cover Up a Pimple

We understand the pain that comes with having a bad skin day and no amount of makeup seems enough to conceal the angry, red zit on your cheek or chin. While the best option may be to let your skin breathe and not apply makeup at all, we know that going makeup-free might not be an option for some people. In such cases, it’s best to put on a liquid bandage over your pimple to protect the skin before applying a green tinted concealer. Liquid bandages also help to smoothen the skin which makes it easier to apply makeup.

How to Disguise Pockmarks and Deep Scars

Concealing pockmarks and deep scars require a bit more work and usually require an angled concealer brush. Use a lighter concealer and be sure not to fill beyond the edges of your pockmark or scar. Then, set the concealer with some powder.

Does Concealer Work on Under-Eye Bags?

Unlike undereye circles, concealer doesn’t work well to conceal under-eye bags. Instead, you should use a highlighter and apply it along your lower eyelids and inner eye corners. The aim here is to make your eyes look wider and more lively as opposed to layering on lots of makeup to cover your eye bags.

How to Fix a Cake-y Concealer

To prevent your concealer from looking ‘cake-y’ or ‘patchy’, you need to ensure that your skin is well hydrated and moisturized. Having dry skin affects the way that makeup adheres to it. As such, you should always put on cream or moisturizer prior to putting on any makeup. Sticking to a good skincare routine is another way to ensure that your skin is in tip-top condition.


Concealer is one of the most important products in any makeup kit. It is right up there alongside a lipstick and eyeshadow. When used correctly, it can even replace the foundation. But, you need to know the proper way of applying it. We hope this article has shed some light on how to apply concealer the right way. It may take some time to achieve that seamless, airbrushed look that you see many celebrities and makeup gurus sporting on Instagram or Youtube. But with practice, we’re sure that you too will learn how to get your concealer and complexion looking poreless and flawless as if your makeup was done by a makeup artist.

Recommended Products

No. ProductPriceBuy
1NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer

The ideal concealer for smoothly covering blemishes, imperfections, skin discoloration, and under-eye circles; definitely a fan favorite!
2NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 

Long-wearing and crease-proof, this concealer is known for its luxurious texture and luminous finish. Plus, it is easily buildable.
3PONY EFFECT Coverstay Liquid Concealer

This matte high coverage concealer is formulated with hyaluronic acid for its moisturizing effects throughout the day.
4BH Cosmetics Blushing in Bali Palette

Achieve a sun-kissed and exotic complexion with this Color Blush and Highlighter Palette in silky matte and shimmer finishes.

Complete the look with..

BH Cosmetics Cashmere Cream Lipstick

The perfect lipstick for everyday wear, it comes in more than 10 shades and is lightweight, comfortable, and easy to apply. Not to mention that it is cruelty-free and super smooth!


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

A soft matte, longwear foundation that gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage.


Urban Decay Perversion Volumizing Mascara

A hyper-pigmented, volumizing, and lengthening mascara that delivers feathery, fanned-out lashes. It has a super-creamy formula and contains hairdensyl to stimulate eyelash growth.


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