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How to Cover Skin Flaws With Makeup
Making corrections to little flaws like pimples, dark spots, and under eye bags can make a big difference in the overall look of your appearance. Your skin shows the world everything: your age, not eating well, stress, sleeplessness. Even if it can’t be achieved through acne treatments and drinking water, flawless skin can be emulated through different makeup tricks.
Covering Up Problem Spots
Apply primer to freshly washed skin using your fingertips or a brush.A primer is an important step because it means that your makeup will go on smoothly and will stick to your skin all day. Allow the primer to sit on your skin for a few minutes before moving to the next step.
Apply concealer to pimples and scars.Cover the sides of the blemish and/or dark spots completely by creating an “x” movement with the formula (preferably one a shade or two lighter than your skin tone). Blend the concealer with your fingers, dabbing your skin, careful not to rub it against the blemish/scar.
- Conceal your dark or under eye circles after concealing your blemishes/scars.
- If you’re looking for your concealer to act as extra coverage, wait until after you have applied your foundation to apply concealer.
Use a soft sponge to apply your foundation.Start at the nose then sweep outwards, creating round motions. Make sure you don't have any foundation lines on your jaw line- always blend your foundation into neck for a more natural look.
Set your makeup.Wait a few minutes for your makeup to set on its own and reinforce your work with a powder. Buffer on some loose powder on your chin, forehead, and the bridge of your nose with a large, fluffy brush in circular motions.
Concealing Dark Undereye Circles
Find the concealer that works for you.The concealer that is your perfect match has to be a shade that is a little warmer than the shade of your natural complexion. The blue and/or gray color creating the look of tired circles needs to be counteracted with an orange color.
- Fair skin tones need an orange that is a light-medium shade of peach. A true orange or dark peach shade work for dark and medium skin tones, respectively.
- How the concealer formula is packaged can be telling of how much coverage you will receive. Concealers that come with sponge wand offer the least amount of coverage. Concealers that come in stick form offer a coverage that’s moderate. For the fullest amount of coverage, get a concealer in pot form.
Use your finger to apply your concealer.Dot the concealer in a thin layer underneath your eyes. Make sure that the position is low enough that the dark circles there are completely covered.
- Don’t concern yourself with the concealer appearing too orange. Any problems with color will work itself out during the blending step.
- To brighten up your eye area even more, dot your eyelid with concealer too.
- If you opt to not use your finger for application, use a small, pointed brush to assist you with applying the concealer.
Blend in the concealer so that it matches your skin.Apply your foundation all over your face, careful to not remove the orange concealer as you blend the concealer into the foundation. Use a Makeup sponge for a seamless flawless finish.
- If you don’t use foundation, layer a concealer that is the same shade as your skin on top of the orange concealer that is already there.
- Blend the two concealers together with your Makeup sponge until it looks like your skin.
Brighten up your undereye areas with a lighter concealer.This is optional, but if you’ve blended to your heart’s content and still see your circles, add another layer of concealer that is lighter and thinner in consistency. Place two dots under your eye and use the pointed brush to blend the concealer in softly.
Set the concealer by dusting a translucent powder.Dust the powder over your concealer with a small eyeshadow brush. This both sets the concealer while also creating a highlighted effect to the makeup look.
Prime your skin.Allow your primer to act as a protective layer between the makeup and your skin, which will prevent your skin from becoming more irritated and causing further redness.
- Color correcting redness with a primer is a neat trick to help minimize redness. Skip the white primer and go for a green one to help better conceal redness.
- In cases of redness and visible skin irritation, primer can act as a neutralizer and balance out those areas so that foundation covers it up more easily.
Conceal the red tones in your skin.Use a concealer with a green or yellow tint to counteract reddened areas.
- For even more coverage, use a green concealer. Brush the concealer onto the areas that need to be neutralized. Use thin layers of the green concealer so it is easier to blend and cover in later steps.
- Blend the edges of the concealer out with a wide brush until they feather out into your skin evenly and seamlessly.
Set the concealer.Brush a setting powder onto your concealed areas to set them into place before you go over it with foundation and/or your regular shade of concealer.
Finish the look with foundation.Apply and buff foundation over your concealer to produce an even and uniform finish.
- Make sure that you blend your foundation all the way down to your neck.
- Set the areas and the foundation by applying a yellow-toned setting powder onto your skin. This will further reduce redness and keep your makeup in place for a full day’s worth of effortless glam.
QuestionCan I use something else instead of primer and concealer?Milo FedaneCommunity AnswerFoundation can also be used to cover up more noticeable flaws. If you only need light coverage, then opt for tinted lotion or bb cream. Green-tinted powder or concealer can be used with foundation in your color to cover redness.Thanks!
QuestionEye shadow or the liquid eyeliner trends to bleed out and causes a dark line under the eyes. How do I stop this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry using a primer. For example, use eye shadow primer before you put on your eyeliner. You could also try applying a bit less.Thanks!
- Carry around blotting sheets in your bag for instant de-shine with no mess- the body shop has a tea tree range with blotting sheets which are cheap- but also very effective.
- Fill in your brows to further enhance your makeup looks.
- Use a good toner in your daily skin care routine to reduce the appearance of shiny skin and erase any dirt or makeup that may still be on your skin after cleansing.
- Apply an eye cream with Vitamin E and anti-aging properties underneath your eyes nightly.
- Work out what skin type you have and buy products accordingly.
- If you have pimples that you are trying to cover up, make sure that you are doing the work underneath the makeup to improve your skin as well. Eat healthy food, drink more water, exercise, avoid junk and processed sugars, stick to a daily skin care routine that works for you, etc.
- Water is also proven to prevent blemishes and to losing weight. Drink plenty of it.
- It's worth splurging on a good foundation. They won't clog your pores and likely lasts longer. Dior has a good range of foundations that won't clog your pores.
- Make sure you always have clean skin before applying makeup and that at the end of the night, you take that makeup off and clean your skin again.
- Everyone's skin is different, so what works out for friends might not be so great for you.
- For oily or acne prone skin type, use oil-free makeup. Oils can clog pores, which can lead to acne.
- Foundation can sometimes look caked on and awful without proper moisturizing before application, especially on drier skin. Use an oil-free moisturizer or a great primer before you apply foundation or powder.
- Behind those blemishes, people can see the real you. So respect others, be friendly, be patient, and have fun as you explore your new beauty looks!
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