Concealer is one of those beauty items that women either love or hate. And I’ve found that a lot of people who hate it aren’t using it properly.

Whether you’re using concealer to hide a blemish or to add definition to your look, it can be a girl’s best friend when worn the proper way.

Don’t deprive yourself of this beauty lifesaver! We’ve got you covered (literally!) with these tips to help you find the right shade and use it the right way:

1. Find The Right Shade.

For women of color, selecting a concealer shade is almost just as difficult as finding foundation. Orange-based tones are ideal for dark skin. The market doesn’t cater heavily to our makeup needs, despite us being their leading consumers, so we know the struggle. But look for brands that cater to darker complexions and go about one shade lighter than your natural complexion. A good way to test whether or not a shade works for you is by dabbing it on the blue veins on your wrist or on your neck below the ear.

When covering dark circles under the eyes, use a cream concealer since this is a sensitive area of the face. Also be cautious of using a shade that’s too light because it can cause a light-colored raccoon effect.

2. Apply Properly.

The first step to using concealer is making sure that you start with a clean, moisturized face. Moisturizer plumps skin and gives it a smooth foundation, which makes it easier for the product to blend.

To apply, you can use a brush or gently pat concealer on using your ring finger. It’s best to pat concealer on, instead of rubbing it in, for optimal coverage and blending.

Make sure to blend the edges of the concealed area with the surrounding skin by patting on the product in a circular motion to avoid harsh lines in the finished look, and set it with a loose powder before applying foundation.

If you want to highlight your brow line, you can apply a thin line of concealer right along your upper and lower brow lines. Be sure to blend.

Concealer can also be used as a lipstick primer as well. All you have to do is dab it on before applying the color. It can also help keep a bright shade from excessive smudging if you line the area around the very edge of your lips with it.

What are your thoughts on concealer, Clutchettes? Do you use it?

-Margaret Francois

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