Concealer: How to Get it Right

5 steps to concealing undereye circles, blemishes and more.
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Concealer can be a woman's best cosmetic friend, camouflaging dark circles and other spots, making skin look flawless. On the other hand, improper concealer application can make problem areas look even more problematic. To apply concealer correctly, follow this no-fail method:

1. Pick the right shade. A too-light or too-dark concealer will look unnatural even with a perfect application. Go for a shade that either matches or is one shade lighter than your skin.

2. Prep the area. Because concealer can settle into even the finest lines and take on a flaky, cakey texture, it's important to moisturize the area you're concealing before applying the cosmetic. Pat a tiny bit of moisturizer (or eye cream) over areas and allow the lotion to sink into skin for at least ten minutes.

3. Begin with small dots. You don't need a glob of concealer to do the job -- start with a few small dots applied with a finger, wand, or cotton swab. You can always add more later if you need to.

4. Pat into skin. This is the most important step: Don't rub the product into the skin, which results in your rubbing it right off. Instead, use the pad of your ring finger to pat it in, blending gently as you go.

5. Set with powder. Not a lot of powder, as it, too, can settle into fine lines, but a light dusting -- this will give your concealer staying power.


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