Makeup Artists Swear the 'Triangle Trick' Is the Secret to Getting Rid of Dark Undereye Circles
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Acne, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles are a normal part of life and skin, and they are nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you're looking for even, flawless coverage, the right concealer can feel like a magic wand that picks up discoloration and glides over uneven textures.
Concealers come in a variety of consistencies, shapes and designs, from liquid to cream-colored to sticky and beyond. The key is to find the right formula and tone for any problem you want to hide. Here are all the makeup tips and tricks you need to know to keep your concealer looking flawless:
1. First choose the right color concealer
Finding the right tone and color for the job at hand is crucial. Here is your cheat sheet:
Peach colors cancel out bluish circles under the eyes and dark spots caused by the sun or aging.
Green tones hide red spots - then use a concealer that exactly matches (or almost!) Your skin tone.
Yellow-tinted concealers help correct uneven skin tones due to redness or hyperpigmentation.
2. Choose the right formula for the job
Not all forms of concealer are created equal. Choose from these options depending on what you want to achieve:
Crayons, pens or pencils are ideal for "precise application like a blemish or age spot" or a scar, says makeup artist Erica Whelan. They often offer strong coverage and require minimal mixing when used precisely. They're best for dry or combination skin because "these formulas tend to be a little creamier," says Joy Fennell, makeup artist and founder of The Joy in Beauty and All Black Everything Summit.
Pots and creams are great for oily skin or tasks that require higher coverage. "Cream concealers are thicker, so they can be used to cover more [like] hyperpigmentation and other problem areas," says Fennell. These are also "usually the most versatile because you can always dilute them with a little moisturizer if you need to," she adds. For maximum coverage, apply with a brush or use your fingers for a more natural finish.
Liquids: Suitable for all skin types, but especially good for dry skin. A "liquid formula adds moisture without making the skin look any drier," says Fennell. "Apply directly to the skin from the tube and mix with your finger, sponge or fluffy eyeshadow brush," says Whelan.
3. Apply your base products and foundation
Apply moisturizer, foundation, and foundation before reaching for concealer. Applying your foundation first will blur the look of imperfections and probably won't have to use as much concealer. If you're not using a foundation at all and are just hiding spots, hydrating your skin first!
4. Lighten dark circles and discoloration of the under eyes
Under eye circles can be a tell-tale sign of a late night or lack of sleep, but discoloration under the eyes is also genetic. If you want to lighten your dark circles, do the following:
Formula: "Look for concealers with glowing or glowing formulas," says Whelan. Our experts prefer liquid formulas for the thin skin around the eyes, as creams and thicker formulas can get stuck in fine lines and wrinkles.
Hue: You should go for a color that is lighter than your natural skin tone. "This will lighten the under-eye area and hide the dark circles," says Whelan.
How to use: Draw a triangle to cover the circles under the eyes instead of stroking the discoloration in a semicircle. Instead of just painting over the circles right under your eyes, this triangle shape highlights the front area of your face and makes your face look youthful by breaking the illusion. For best results, "dab the concealer under the eye and tap the product with your ring finger or a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush," says Whelan.
5. Hide puffy eyes
While makeup can't change shape, it can create illusions that detract from features you want to hide (or highlight - think of outlines). This is exactly how you can lighten puffy under-eyes:
Formula: Liquids are "great to use when you need to lighten an area," says Fennell.
Hue: Choose a shade that is 1-2 shades lighter than your primer.
Usage: "Add a highlighting concealer stick just above and below the area where the lower eye is the most puffy," says Whelan. "By adding light to these areas, these areas are more noticeable and the puffiness is less noticeable."
6. Cover up blemishes and acne
If you've already treated acne with your skin care regimen, but want to hide bumps or redness in the meantime, here are the foolproof instructions:
Formula: "Choose a heavier cream formula like a stick concealer," advises Whelan. Denser cream formulas are designed to stay in place.
Hue: A green or yellow tinted formula will help neutralize the redness of the stain. Top with a creamy concealer that exactly matches your skin tone.
Usage: To combat the blemish, Whelan suggests applying it with a fine, pointed brush to put the concealer exactly where it's supposed to be. Using a brush, the edge of a sponge, or a finger, gently blend the edges of the concealer to blend into the skin for a seamless blend. "
7. Camouflage dark spots
Whether from the sun or from old age, dark spots on the face are extremely common. How to Cover Them:
Formula: "Choose a heavier cream formula to cover sun / age spots," says Whelan. "Pots and creams are more covered and stay in place after they set with powder," says Fennell. The formula should be dense enough to completely camouflage the darkness.
Hue: "Typically, you can choose a concealer shade that goes with your foundation color," says Whelan. However, if your spots are heavily pigmented, a peach undertone neutralizes the dark brown sheen.
Usage: "First apply a foundation to even out skin tone, then apply concealer to the area for maximum coverage," says Whelan. "When trying to alleviate dryness, be sure to use a moisturizing formula, not a matte," says Fennell.
8. Expertly cover up scars
If you have scars or hyperpigmentation that you want to cover up (on your face or otherwise), try these expert tips:
Formula: For a small scar, Fennell says a crayon or pencil formula is great; For larger scars, reach for a pot concealer for the best coverage: "Liquid wouldn't be a good choice because it moves around your face and its formula isn't heavy enough to hide," she says.
Hue: Find a color that exactly matches the surrounding skin for the most believable blend.
Application: If you use a crayon, simply trace the markings with the fine tip or fill them in. For larger or darker scars, apply pot or cream concealer with a brush or your fingers.
9. Know how to use concealer on mature skin
Application tips change when you apply concealer to dry skin or wrinkles and fine lines. Keep these important tips in mind:
Formula: "Your skin will look unnatural if you try to mask the area with heavy concealers," warns Whelan. Instead, choose a liquid concealer with medium coverage that won't get stuck in fine lines or wrinkles.
Shadows: Buy undertones based on the area you want to correct, whether it's dark spots, under-eyes, or redness. A glowing formula reflects light and gives the skin a glow. However, be careful not to get it into any shiny area, which will highlight visible signs of aging.
Use: Polish up with a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush for a natural-looking finish. This will "minimize the errors while keeping your skin looking as fresh and natural as possible," says Whelan.
10. Set it to be last
Prevent concealer from turning cakey or lodged in the wrinkles around your eyes by blotting off the excess product after application. Divide a handkerchief into two layers and press one of the leaves against the skin to remove any excess oil or product that is too thick.
"If you have oily skin, make sure you powder it [your concealer] so it doesn't move," says Fennell. Do this by “tapping the area lightly with a loose translucent powder,” says Whelan. "This helps the concealer stay in place all day."
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