A Beginner’s Guide To Applying Concealer With Estée Lauder

If you’re just getting started with concealer or are having trouble making your concealer work for you, then this is your guide. 

In this routine we will show you how to prep your skin, as well as where and how to apply concealer for the best results. 

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Concealer Tricks and Tips:

  • To figure out the right concealer shade for you, it’s important to establish what your undertone is. Check your wrists to see if your veins lean more green or blue. If they’re green, you lean more warm, and if they’re blue, you lean more cool. If you have a combination of blue and green, your undertone is considered neutral. 

  • If you have oily skin you will want to find a concealer formula that is oil-free, long lasting, that doesn't slip. If you have dry skin, you will want a concealer with hydrating properties. For combination skin you will want to apply a hydrating concealer on the areas of your skin that is dry, and an oil-free concealer across your t-zone.  

  • Use the tip of your concealer brush to target hard to reach areas like the inner corner of your eye and above the cupid’s bow.

  • While using your fingers will help blend concealer in easily when highlighting, if you're trying to cover a blemish try using a small concealer brush, as it will help you avoid accidentally picking up the product. 

  • If you’re looking for an afternoon pick me up try placing some concealer right in the outer corner of your eye and blend it in with your finger for a light lift.

  • Try mixing in your concealer with your eye cream for a light, dewy finish, as well as the extra benefits of your eye cream. This will also give you a hydrated and fresh look.

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We’ve taken advice from Estée Lauder’s National Trainer Nica Marcello, so if you’re ready to brighten up that under eye then keep on reading…

Step 1: Prep the area

Step 1: Prep the area

For seamless makeup application, prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser like the Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15 Normal/Combination and an eye cream like the asap firming eye lift 15ml to plump up the area. The best way to avoid creasing is to wait for your eye cream to properly absorb. Try this technique with one easy product - the Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer 24H Concealer + Hydra Prep has a concealer on one side and a hydration serum on the other.

Step 2: How to highlight with concealer

Step 2: How to highlight with concealer

When using a concealer as a highlighter you really want to concentrate on accentuating your best features. Apply the Estée Lauder Double Wear Radiant Concealer to the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, above the brow bone, cupid's bow and just under the chin for a beautiful subtle highlight. Pat in the concealer lightly with your finger.

Step 3: How to cover blemishes

Step 3: How to cover blemishes

Using a small synthetic concealer brush to precisely place the product over the blemish. We recommend using the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer with the M.A.C Cosmetics 195 Concealer Brush.

How Do I Choose My Concealer Shade?

When it comes to choosing your concealer shade, it really depends on what you want to conceal.

If you’re trying to conceal under your eyes you’re best to opt for 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation shade. 

If you struggle with any significant discolouration it is recommended that you color correct using a peach shade to neutralise purple tones.

For spot concealing it’s important to use a concealer the same shade as your foundation, so it will blend in seamlessly and won’t draw attention to the blemish. 

Follow the routine above to see how to apply these different types of concealer perfectly for a pulled together look. You can also check out the guides below for some great tips, tricks and product recommendations...

This routine was transcribed by India Williams

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