Concealer is no-doubt my favorite ‘redhead friendly’ makeup product. It’s my go-to even when I’m not wearing foundation. My daily makeup routine consists of mascara, a few dabs of concealer, tinted SPF and a little sweep of highlighter on my upper cheekbones and cupid’s bow. Recently, however, I’ve been experiencing creases in my concealer –– making the lines underneath my eyes more apparent. I’ve been experimenting with some ways to achieve creaseless concealer and learned these seven tips have really worked for me.
READ: Concealer 101 for Redheads: How To Apply and Get a Flawless Finish
1. Start with a primer
After applying your skincare products, wait about 5-10 minutes to let everything set. Then, lightly apply your primer or eye cream. You can use an under-eye primer, regular face makeup primer or redness recovery lotion.
2. Use an eye cream
Many people swear by applying an eye cream before concealer. The moisture from the cream will soak into your lines, causing a crease-less look. You’ll want to wait a few minutes before applying your concealer to make sure everything has dried into the skin. If you’re short on time, dab a tissue paper over the eye cream to remove any excess. Then, apply your concealer. Make sure you’re applying a pea-size amount (or less!) of eye cream.
3. The order is important
Not sure what order to apply your concealer if you’re using a foundation? Remember this friendly tip:
Liquid first, concealer second
Concealer first, powder second
4. Use the right tools
Many makeup artists swear by their finger (mainly the ring finger since it’ll have the least pressure on the skin) to blend. This is really your preference. We like to use a concealer brush to lightly press the concealer into our skin.
5. Embrace the inner corners of your eye
After having Reba’s makeup artist, Brett Freedman, on our beauty podcast earlier this year, we’ve been really embracing very little concealer – emphasizing the inner corner eye area. This will brighten the eye and make features pop. You can then lightly dab your concealer underneath your skin wherever you have some spots you’d like to cover.
6. Little is more
This goes hand-and-hand with #5. Remember, less is more when it comes to concealer, especially if you have freckles and want them to shine, not hide. We think concealer is way overdone on many YouTube tutorials. Embrace your natural skin, complexion and freckles. Use a concealer to brighten and hide any unevenness underneath the eye.
7. Set it with a loose powder
“Baking” is an important (and easy!) technique you can do at home to lock in your concealer and make it crease-less. The term baking refers to letting translucent powder sit on your face for five to 10 minutes, which allows the heat from your face to set your base foundation and concealer, and then dusting it off your face, leaving you with a creaseless, flawless finish.
How to bake: After applying your concealer, grab your damp beauty sponge (it can be damp from water or a setting spray) and dab it lightly into your loose setting powder. Lightly press the sponge right underneath your eye where you just applied your concealer. Leave the powder on for a few minutes and dust away any product with an eyeshadow brush, or blend the powder in right away. Going through with an eyeshadow brush to remove any product. This technique is completely up to you and whether you’re in a hurry or not.