The One Thing You Should Never Do When Putting Concealer On

Concealer is a miracle product. Whether you're erasing dark circles, covering dark spots, or hiding acne, concealer is a one stop shop for getting your face to look flawless. Even if you're wanting to keep thing simple, a bit of concealer works wonders. However, the one thing you should never do when putting concealer on is forgetting to blend. Whether you're using your favorite product as a part of your contour and highlight routine or simply using it to cover a blemish, not making sure that it's seamlessly blended will leave you looking spotty or like you've been wearing sunglasses in the sunlight and gotten the worst kind of farmer's tan.

One of the best things about concealer are the diverse formulas they come in. From liquids to cream to powders — yes, powders — they offer formulations for all skin types. Not to mention, you can even use red lipstick as a concealer! While you may be thinking that foundation is the only way to get a flawless base, maybe you just haven't been introduced to the miracles of concealer. While most know the product for its ability conceal — duh — acne and dark circles, it can also add brightness to the face, color-correct skintone issues, and work as a primer. You get the idea. It's basically a miracle product, but knowing the one thing you should never do when putting concealer on is of the utmost importance.

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If you're in a hurry in the morning, there's nothing better than being able to camouflage a dark circle with a bit of concealer, but if you fail to blend it out, there's a real chance you could end up looking like you've been rocking those teeny tiny glasses that they give you at the tanning bed.

While many are inclined to blend with sweeping motions, for concealer, it's truly not the best technique. Instead, stippling and patting is the answer to avoid an unblended product. Think about the way a beauty blender seamlessly works product into skin. It's the same with concealer. Using a clean ring finger — which will help you keep your pressure light — a beauty blender, or a small stippling brush will get you the cleanest, most flawless look.

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Concealer is often the product most called upon as one that people can't live without, and it's easy to see why. Its multitasking abilities are hard to match, but like I said, it can be easy to mess up. However, as long as you know the best tip on what not to do when applying it, you will be a total pro.

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