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Everything about Concealer and Color corrector!

Difference between Concealer and Color corrector:-

Concealers - will purely and simply disguise any blemishes or shadows. They are normally similar in colour to foundation tones and most are quite translucent so will allow the colour of whatever you are trying to disguise to show through unless you spend a long time working on it.

Correctors - will do much more, as in they will neutralise any blemishes or shadows and they normally come in green, yellow, peach and lavender colours.

Choosing a Concealer:- 

Choose your concealer based on what works for your skin type and concerns. If you have dry skin, don't go for a liquid concealer with a matte finish because the finish will emphasize dryness.
If you have oily skin with enlarged pores, don't go for a creamy or stick concealer as these textures tend to clog and magnify the appearance of pores, plus they tend to add an oily shine.

For creating a more even finish over minor skin discolorations, a light to medium coverage concealer will do the trick.

For the undereye area, be sure to select a shade of concealer that's no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to avoid an obvious white circle around the eye area.

For your face, select a concealer that matches the color of your foundation exactly. Avoid concealer shades that are noticeably pink, rose, peach, white, yellow, or copper as they will show through your foundation, creating an unnatural appearance.

Types of concealer:-
1) Liquid Concealer
• Best for normal, combination, oily, sensitive, and breakout-prone skin
• Coverage is buildable, ranging from light to full
• Available finishes include dewy, satin, radiant shimmer, and matte
Liquid concealer is the most versatile type of concealer because it offers buildable coverage and works for all skin types except very dry. This type of concealer is also easy to apply. Liquid concealer is preferred for covering pimples because it is the least likely to cake up and it poses minimal to no risk of clogging pores, which a creamier concealer may do.

It’s also desirable for use on wrinkled areas because its thin texture makes it the least likely to crease throughout the day, although some slippage into lines is always possible. Liquid concealers with a matte finish last longer than those with a satin finish; they are also less likely to migrate throughout the day.

Satin-finish liquid concealer has more movement, but it can provide a more natural look, especially over dry areas. A liquid concealer with a radiant shimmer finish is good for under the eyes because it covers and highlights the area with a soft glow, but it should be only a subtle glow, not overt, sparkling shine.

2) Stick Concealer
• Best for normal, dry, and sensitive skin
• Coverage is buildable, ranging from medium to full
• Available finishes include satin and powdery matte
• Stick concealer is aptly named because it has a semi-solid texture, is often richly pigmented, and has a thick, creamy texture. This type of concealer can be dotted on or swiped on in a line of color and then blended. Blend the product in a stippling motion with a clean finger or with a small concealer brush, feathering the edges into surrounding skin.

It’s important to note the ingredients that keep these concealers in stick form pose a high risk of clogging pores, making it a less-than-ideal option for those with oily or combination skin.

3) Cream Concealer
• Best for normal, dry, combination, or sensitive skin
• Coverage is buildable, ranging from medium to full
• Available finishes include satin and creamy
Generally, cream concealer provides medium to full coverage. This type of concealer is usually packaged in a small pot, palette, or compact. Cream concealer works well under the eyes and is one of the best concealer options for covering discolorations.

Cream concealers have more slip and can be applied in a stippling motion with a clean finger, sponge, or a small concealer brush. However, those with a notably more creamy finish are more prone to creasing into lines and wrinkles and should be set with loose or pressed powder once blended.

How to apply:-
Regardless of the type of concealer you're using, the application techniques generally remain the same. For almost any skin type, it is important to prep your face with moisturizer or a foundation primer. If you have normal to oily skin, a lightweight liquid or fluid moisturizer with a soft matte finish will give you the best results.
Dab the concealer onto discolorations, dark areas, or skin imperfections with a clean finger, brush, or sponge and gently blend out until there are no apparent lines of demarcation between the concealer and your skin or foundation.
Liquid, cream, or cream-to-powder concealers should not be applied over powder foundation as they can get clumpy and look mottled. If you use powder foundation, apply concealer first, allow it to set, and then apply your foundation.
Finish by setting the concealer with a light dusting of loose or pressed powder. A concealer with a matte finish doesn't need to be set with powder because that may make it look or feel too dry, but you can experiment and see how your matte-finish concealer looks and lasts with and without powder.
When applying concealer to the undereye area, try using one with a radiant finish or adding a luminescent highlighter on top of it for a light-reflective finish that further disguises shadowed areas.

Choose your concealer based on what works for your skin type and concerns. If you have dry skin, don't go for a liquid concealer with a matte finish because the finish will emphasize dryness.
If you have oily skin with enlarged pores, don't go for a creamy or stick concealer as these textures tend to clog and magnify the appearance of pores, plus they tend to add an oily shine.

For creating a more even finish over minor skin discolorations, a light to medium coverage concealer will do the trick.

For the undereye area, be sure to select a shade of concealer that's no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to avoid an obvious white circle around the eye area.

For your face, select a concealer that matches the color of your foundation exactly. Avoid concealer shades that are noticeably pink, rose, peach, white, yellow, or copper as they will show through your foundation, creating an unnatural appearance.

Types of concealer:-
1) Liquid Concealer
• Best for normal, combination, oily, sensitive, and breakout-prone skin
• Coverage is buildable, ranging from light to full
• Available finishes include dewy, satin, radiant shimmer, and matte
Liquid concealer is the most versatile type of concealer because it offers buildable coverage and works for all skin types except very dry. This type of concealer is also easy to apply. Liquid concealer is preferred for covering pimples because it is the least likely to cake up and it poses minimal to no risk of clogging pores, which a creamier concealer may do.

It’s also desirable for use on wrinkled areas because its thin texture makes it the least likely to crease throughout the day, although some slippage into lines is always possible. Liquid concealers with a matte finish last longer than those with a satin finish; they are also less likely to migrate throughout the day.

Satin-finish liquid concealer has more movement, but it can provide a more natural look, especially over dry areas. A liquid concealer with a radiant shimmer finish is good for under the eyes because it covers and highlights the area with a soft glow, but it should be only a subtle glow, not overt, sparkling shine.

2) Stick Concealer
• Best for normal, dry, and sensitive skin
• Coverage is buildable, ranging from medium to full
• Available finishes include satin and powdery matte
• Stick concealer is aptly named because it has a semi-solid texture, is often richly pigmented, and has a thick, creamy texture. This type of concealer can be dotted on or swiped on in a line of color and then blended. Blend the product in a stippling motion with a clean finger or with a small concealer brush, feathering the edges into surrounding skin.

It’s important to note the ingredients that keep these concealers in stick form pose a high risk of clogging pores, making it a less-than-ideal option for those with oily or combination skin.

3) Cream Concealer
• Best for normal, dry, combination, or sensitive skin
• Coverage is buildable, ranging from medium to full
• Available finishes include satin and creamy
Generally, cream concealer provides medium to full coverage. This type of concealer is usually packaged in a small pot, palette, or compact. Cream concealer works well under the eyes and is one of the best concealer options for covering discolorations.

Cream concealers have more slip and can be applied in a stippling motion with a clean finger, sponge, or a small concealer brush. However, those with a notably more creamy finish are more prone to creasing into lines and wrinkles and should be set with loose or pressed powder once blended.

How to apply:-
Regardless of the type of concealer you're using, the application techniques generally remain the same. For almost any skin type, it is important to prep your face with moisturizer or a foundation primer. If you have normal to oily skin, a lightweight liquid or fluid moisturizer with a soft matte finish will give you the best results.
Dab the concealer onto discolorations, dark areas, or skin imperfections with a clean finger, brush, or sponge and gently blend out until there are no apparent lines of demarcation between the concealer and your skin or foundation.
Liquid, cream, or cream-to-powder concealers should not be applied over powder foundation as they can get clumpy and look mottled. If you use powder foundation, apply concealer first, allow it to set, and then apply your foundation.
Finish by setting the concealer with a light dusting of loose or pressed powder. A concealer with a matte finish doesn't need to be set with powder because that may make it look or feel too dry, but you can experiment and see how your matte-finish concealer looks and lasts with and without powder.
When applying concealer to the undereye area, try using one with a radiant finish or adding a luminescent highlighter on top of it for a light-reflective finish that further disguises shadowed areas.
 

 Tips and Hacks

#1: Draw your under-eye concealer in a triangle
When you sweep your product directly under your eyes (i.e., right on top of your bags or dark spots), you’re actually emphasizing the area, not concealing it (especially if your shady spots extend way farther than your lower lash line). Instead draw an inverted triangle!

#2: Apply your foundation first
When you apply concealer first, you actually end up removing most of it when you sweep on your foundation or powder. If you start with foundation, though, you’ll need way less concealer overall and get a more full-coverage finish, since you’re basically applying it on top of a base.

#3: Prime your eyelids with concealer
Concealer is actually a godsend for preventing fallout and creasing. Just dab a little concealer along your lids with your fingertips before you start on your eyeshadow  look. 

#4: Cover zits with green concealer
If your classic concealer just isn’t cutting it when it comes to zits, try swapping it for a green formula, which can help cancel out redness. Gently tap a green-tinted concealer directly onto your zit, avoiding the surrounding skin. Then, use a cotton swab to blend a tiny bit of high-coverage concealer on top of the zit to really camouflage it. Finish off with a sweep of setting powder and you’ll be good to go.

#5: Use concealer on your body
Concealers aren’t just for your face—if you have a zit on your chest or back that needs covering, dab on a creamy concealer and top it with setting powder. Continue alternating between concealer and powder, waiting a full five minutes between each “coat” until you’re left with the coverage you want.

#6: Swap your concealer for foundation in a pinch
If you find yourself without concealer, place a small dot of liquid foundation on your zit/under eyes/nose/wherever, wait a few minutes for the formula to set, and then lightly blend it out with your clean fingertips. The trick is to wait until the foundation dries and thickens a bit (it will eventually reach the consistency of concealer) before trying to blend it. If you blend it too soon, the foundation will look too sheer and rub off, leaving you with some not-so-concealed spots.

#7: Highlight your lids with concealer
Give your eyelids a nice little highlight with the help of a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone.

#8: Dab concealer over under-eye circles
If your under-eye circles are looking a little darker than usual, try dabbing an orange or peach concealer (which cancel out dark, blue shadows) with your ring finger (as it is actually the weakest of your fingers, so it’ll apply just the right amount of pressure to blend your concealer without pulling at the delicate skin around your eyes).

#9: Load up on color-correcting formulas
Your color-correcting strategy depends entirely on your skin tone and concerns, but generally, you’ll want to look toward pale-pink concealer to brighten blue-toned spots on fair skin, peach concealer to neutralize blue/purple shadows on medium skin tones, orangey-pink concealer to cancel out dark spots on dark skin tones, yellow concealer to offset purple or darker-toned shadows on olive or tan skin, green concealer to neutralize redness, and lavender concealer to cancel out yellow tones.

#10: Combine eye cream, highlighter, and concealer to mask puffy eyes
A combination of eye cream, highlighter, and concealer, which brightens and lifts your brow bones for a wide-awake look. Just mix all three products on the back of your hand and tap it into your skin with your fingertips for a natural finish.

#11: Blot your concealer to prevent caking and creasing
After applying concealer, blot the area with a thin tissue to prevent the product from settling into the creases around your eyes. And if your concealer tends to look a little cakey around midday, split a tissue into two layers and use one side to dab away excess oil.

#12: Hide eyeliner mistakes with concealer
If your cat eye looks a little shaky, dip an angled brush into liquid concealer and clean up any jagged lines.

#13: Line your lips with concealer
Keep your lipstick from bleeding or smudging by tracing your lips with a dab of concealer.

#14: Plump your lips with concealer
Start by filling in the middle section of your lips with a light concealer, blending it out with the warmth of your fingertips. Finish off with a nude lip gloss for a slightly iridescent look.

#15: Reshape your lips with concealer
Start by covering them with a thin layer of concealer, then trace just slightly outside your natural line with a creamy pencil. Continue to fill in your lips with the pencil for a matte look, or finish off with a lip gloss.

#16: Line your brows with concealer
Define your arch by lining above and below your brows with a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone. You’ll want to blend it out with your fingertips.

#17: Contour with two shades of concealer
One formula should be two shades darker than your skin tone, and the other should be two shades lighter. You’ll use the lighter shade around the areas of your face that naturally catch light (like your cheekbones and T-zone) and the darker shade in softer areas (like your forehead and jawline). Blend it all out with a buffing brush for a smooth, natural finish.

#18: Line your collarbone with concealer
Just shrug your shoulders and draw a thin layer of light-colored concealer on your collarbone (the area that protrudes), then trace your natural contours (the shadows) with a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone. Blend it all out with a damp makeup sponge, eliminating any harsh lines.

#19: Mix your moisturizer with concealer
Create your own tinted moisturizer by mixing a dollop of face cream with a solid amount of liquid concealer. Your skin will feel nice and hydrated, with a super-subtle tinted finish.

#20: Choose Your Perfect Concealer
A basic rule of thumb is to choose a concealer that's yellow-based and a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Don't go too light or you could end up with the dreaded raccoon look. If your skin is darker in summer, you should choose a darker shade for summer months and a lighter one for other months.

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