Concealer is more than just a way to disguise undereye circles. Pros love using it to shade and illuminate the skin, too-also known to the common folk as highlighting and contouring. Similar to eye shadow and blush, or just about every other makeup fad in the book, there are many more ways to contour and highlight your face. If you are wanting to cut down your makeup routine to less products and steps, try to adopt this trimmed-down technique and it could be a serious game-changer and time-saver for you.
BEST CONCEALERS FOR CONTOUR
Before you even think about the application of the concealer, ensure that you have a concealer that will assist you in this “specific” methodology. Ideally, you wouldn’t want to use a concealer that is too creamy, due to the fact that it is more likely to breakdown throughout the day- on the opposite end of the spectrum, you wouldn’t want to use one that is too drying, because this will make it much harder to blend for natural finish. All of the Instagram MUAs that I have viewed recommend product with formulation that falls in the middle of the spectrum, such as the Clé de Peau Concealer, which has been said is beneficial for brightening under the eyes without being drying. As for the contouring, I have heard that the Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit blends out beautifully and appears opaque on the skin.
WHAT SHADE CONCEALER TO PURCHASE
Simple question, complex answer. As a general rule, most makeup artists suggest that you should shoot for a concealer that is two shades deeper than your natural skin tone when contouring, and one shade lighter when highlighting. “Because contouring should look like a shadow, you want to choose a concealer color that is around two shades darker than your own complexion,” makeup artist Joanna Schlip explains. While considering which illuminating shade to purchase, she suggests aiming for a color that has a tint of light yellow or pale peach, since it is great for camouflaging dark circles and prominent veins on pale skin, while lending an illuminating effect.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The FINAL question. You’ll be happy to learn that highlighting and contouring with concealer is about as easy, if not easier, than it is with any other product you’d normally use to shade and illuminate your skin. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already familiar with the areas of the face you’re supposed to address.
To properly contour, shade the areas of your face that you normally like to appear more chiseled. For most people, this means their cheekbones and under the jaw. I would place the deeper concealer color along the edges of the hairline, around the temples, under the jawline, and under the cheekbones to bring more depth into the face.
As for highlighting, add an illuminating formula to the inner corner of eyes, tops of cheekbones to add a bit of lift to the face, and down the center of the nose, if you want to give the illusion of it being more slender. You can also put accents under the edges of the lips for definition, and on the chin, as well. When using concealer for this, I like to use a damp BeautyBlender or my fingers.