Concealer is everyone's favorite beauty product until it starts emphasizing the very thing it's supposed to cover. It looks perfect when you first apply it, and then it settles into the lines on your face in a few hours. No bueno. But don't dump yours in the trash just yet, because you can stop concealer from creasing without buying a new tube. Here are a few tips from makeup artists that'll help!
1. Don't forget to prep your skin.
According to Effie Inigo, proper skin care like eye cream is essential for a smooth-looking base. That's because it will hydrate your undereyes so your concealer won't cling to any dry patches! You can also opt for smoothing primers that will fill in any fine lines before makeup.
La Mer Eye Concentrate, Rustan's Alabang Town Center
2. Apply only as much as you need.
"One of the main reasons for creasing is applying too much concealer," says Effie. Even if you have a lot to cover, don't go overboard and try to apply concealer in layers. Start with one thin layer, blend, and only add if you need more. You can also switch your concealer for something more lightweight, as Effie says that thinner formulas tend to crease less.
3. Be armed with the best tools.
If you're a true concealer addict, you should perfect your technique by investing in a few tools. Anton Patdu says that a flat concealer brush deposits just the right amount of product onto the skin, and it's great for seamless blending as well. On the other hand, Effie recommends keeping a blending sponge handy since it absorbs excess product and leaves you with a non-cakey finish.
Sigma F75 Flat Concealer Brush, P886, Sephora.ph
4. Let the concealer dry before setting it.
Anton shares that he waits for concealer to settle on the skin for a minute to let the product dry down and stick to the area before it's set in place. To speed up the process, he suggests drying your concealer with a hair drier's coolest setting (about 10 to 20 seconds) then setting the makeup with powder.
5. Set it properly.
Creasing tends to happen when product is not pushed properly into the skin, so if you powder without letting concealer settle beforehand, it's definitely going to settle into the lines on your face. So for a seamless finish, Anton recommends pressing and rolling loose powder over concealer with a powder puff. "This way, you are pushing the product on your skin as you set it so it really won't run," he explains.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, Rustan's Makati