How to Apply Concealer the *Right* Way, According to a Celebrity Makeup Artist


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You might be surprised to learn that I only recently added a good concealer to my everyday makeup routine. And this isn't because I had no desire to use it previously—I'd just never learned the *right* way to apply it without it creasing or looking cakey. If I ever struggled with things like dark circles or puffiness around my eye area, I would mostly rely on eye cream to get me out of a jam. Although that's still pretty effective for me, now that I'm a beauty editor, I'm able to reach out to my arsenal of makeup experts for advice.

Concealer can be extremely handy for various concerns—blemishes, dark spots, under-eye bags, and even dullness. If you're like my former self and could use a few concealer-related tips from the pros, keep on reading. I tapped celebrity makeup artist Elizabeth Seropian to share all her advice on how to apply concealer for every concern.

How to Apply Concealer Under the Eye Area


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When applying concealer under the eyes, Seropian says there are a few things to keep in mind. "It's very important to choose the right shade that matches your skin tone," she explains. "I would recommend finding a color one to two shades lighter than your foundation. You must also prep your skin properly before application. Apply the concealer in a triangle shape and make sure to use a light hand when applying and blending. And lastly, you must set your concealer with powder by using a brush, sponge, or a powder puff. Also don’t forget that practice makes perfect. You will eventually find a technique that works for you!"

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How to Conceal Redness and Discoloration

Personally, I've never needed a color corrector to conceal redness or dark spots—most concealers get the job done, but if you'd like a little expert advice in this department, Seropian has you covered. "The best way to cover redness is to color correct with a green neutralizer and then later apply foundation or concealer," she shares. "Don’t forget to apply setting powder. Remember that before you start applying your products, a light hand is key and building up coverage gradually is the best way to achieve your desired results."

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How to Conceal Blemishes


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Having acne-prone skin is tough—I would know. Luckily, I am usually able to conceal any dark spots and blemishes using only foundation and concealer, but Seropian says it can't hurt to use a color corrector to cover blemishes too. "You can use a green corrector to spot correct your blemish and then cover it lightly with your foundation or even your concealer. If you have dark spots, you can use the pink or peach corrector shade and then later cover it with your concealer or foundation. Don't forget to build your coverage. Sometimes less is more when covering your blemishes and dark spots." 

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.