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Concealing Tips
and Tricks

Fast Flaw Fixes

The right use of concealers can erase the telltale signs of a great night out or help cover the stress break outs that accompany all that overtime at the office. It's also great for hiding those tiny broken capillaries that can pop up on the nose and cheeks - just rub a little concealer onto your finger and dab it on the reddened area and watch it magically disappear! But if there are more serious issues you wish cover, then a little skill and guidance are key to keeping your little secret to yourself.


Concealer Types and Coverage Guides
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Discover the art of "Fast Flaw Fixes" - A short guide to properly hide those dark circles, embarrassing blemishes and bumps without drawing attention to the very thing you wanted to minimize.
  • The Eyes - Whether used with foundation or alone, concealer is applied only to area with uneven color. For many women, the inner corner of eye, next to the bridge of the nose and directly under the eyes. The eye lids can benefit from a bit of brightening as well. Keep in mind though only apply in very soft handed strokes and taps around the eye, as the less tugging on the delicate eye area the better.

    • Shadow Minimizing - For light to medium shadows found around the eye area, using a foundation shade one or two shades lighter than normal foundation shade, gently pat a thin layer of concealer around your eyes as needed. Then, using short strokes, blend in the color and buff out edges. Follow with normal foundation application. Loose powder tip: if you find that the loose powder concealer color is settling into creases or feels too dry, just simply spritz or tap on a thin layer of toner or water and gently blend away.

    • Dark Under Eye Circles - Apply a thin layer of white concealer or using a foundation shade one or two shades lighter than normal foundation shade, to the dark under eye circles under the eye making sure the coverage is even. Follow with normal foundation application being sure to cover the lightened areas completely for a smooth even finish.

    • Eye Opening Trick - Applying a light concealer shade just below the brow line, gently opens the eye area without bringing too much attention to the area. Also, applying a concealer in peach or mauve very close to the lash line, top and bottom also gives the appearance of 'bright eyes' and is great for emphasizing the eye color.

  • The Face - When covering a blemish, broken capillaries or covering a brown spot, a small amount of concealer delivers exactly the amount of coverage you need, precisely where you need it. We highly recommend using a small brush for detailed spot treatment applications and blending help as finger tip application can cover too large of a spot and compromise the effect you are looking for. For larger area concealing concerns, a cosmetic wedge or flocked sponge will perform perfectly.

    • Spot Treating - When it comes to covering acne and or red spots, use a powder concealer for better adhesion and always apply spot concealer with a fine tipped brush and place it directly on top of the blemish you wish to erase. Spot concealing is fairly easy to do depending on your choice of application.
      • Flesh Color Applications - Always conceal this way after your foundation is applied. Using a fine tipped brush and a foundation or concealer shade one or two shades lighter than your normal foundation shade, load brush with product and place directly on top of blemish. Tap lightly with finger to blend and erase spot. If the spot is too light after tapping, just simply dab a small amount of your normal foundation shade on top of that.
      • Color Correcting - This concealing technique is a little more complicated and takes some practice to apply perfectly. This technique can be done BEFORE you apply your foundation and should be applied in the same fashion as the flesh color application. For instance, using a green shade will effectively neutralize the redness in a blemish. Yellow is also a great neutralizer for red if the red is light or orangeish in color. To spot conceal using a green color corrector just simply use a fine tipped brush loaded with green and place directly on top of blemish. Then apply a small amount of your foundation shade on top of that and tap lightly to set. You now can continue with foundation application, but be care not to wipe off what you just concealed. If you accidentally wipe the green off, just apply a bit more to the blemish (lighter this time) and cover again with your foundation shade.

    • Larger Area Color Correcting - Greens, yellow, blues and lavender concealer shades may look like the last thing that you would want to put on your face, but color correcting concealers can hide a multitude of skin problems. They work by using opposing colors to counteract specific flaws in your complexion. For example, greens and yellow tone down redness, blue will make a flushed complexion look paler, white and peach will help cover up dark under eye circles and improve dullness, and lavenders and mauves will give a over yellowish complexion a healthier glow. For larger area color correcting, the BEFORE application of the foundation technique should be followed. Both powder and creamy concealers work with this technique. However, cream concealers are easiest to work with in a larger area and are way easier to blend.
      • To color correct a large area, you will need the appropriate colored concealer shade, a cosmetic wedge or sponge and your foundation handy. Start by loading the sponge or wedge with a very small amount of concealer and spread a light 'film' of it either all over your face, or just onto the specific problem areas such as cheeks or nose. Check that the coverage is even and reapply the corrector where necessary. Once satisfied with coverage, just apply your foundation as usual making sure that the corrector color does not show through. The finish effect should be a properly balanced seamless finish.
 
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