Should You Apply Concealer Before or After Foundation?
Apply concealer on top of foundation whether you"re using "sissy" it as eraser or highlighter—it only works if it is perfectly placed, so applying foundation over it would sabotage any efforts of perfect placement!
Concealer as Eraser
Erasing Under Eye CirclesUse as little concealer as possible when camouflaging under eye circles—too much creates a ‘caked’ appearance and emphasizes even the "travesti" finest of lines and wrinkles. You can control how much product you apply by using a concealer brush rather than your finger.
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It’s difficult to hide pimples and acne breakouts without accentuating them. For precision, apply concealer with a brush, then carefully fix with translucent powder for an absolute matte finish that doesn"t draw attention. Don’t be misled by claims that concealer darker than your skin tone causes spots to recede—if concealer is too dark for your complexion, it will make flaws even more noticeable. Medicated concealers seem a good idea for acne related blemishes, but they tend to be of a dry consistency which creates a flaky appearance. Creamy products provide a smoother texture and better coverage. Clean your concealer brush with mild shampoo after covering spots and breakouts. Because brushes take up to 24 hours to dry, consider investing in two.
Color Corrective Concealer
Counteract redness and broken or dilated capillaries with green color corrective concealer—also called color corrector. Be sparse: if you use too much, it will shimmer through your foundation. Choose a yellow color corrector to neutralize dark under eye circles, which are usually blue toned. You can also use orange lipstick for this. Color corrector is the only type of concealer that should be applied beneath foundation.
Concealer as Highlighter
What You NeedFor natural-looking highlights, make sure your concealer is no more than two shades lighter than your complexion. Matte, liquid products work best for young and mature skin alike. These usually come in a tube with an applicator wand. Use the wand to dot the product onto the area to be highlighted, then blend with a concealer brush (for small areas) or a wedge shaped foundation sponge (for large areas). It’s important that you always work the product well into your foundation.
Set Highlights at the Inner Eye Corners
This is a must for all women. It makes eyes look bright and clear, and covers the dark veins that shimmer through the skin—this is where concealer comes into its own as an eraser and highlighter. Using a concealer brush, work the product upwardly and downwardly. You might find this is enough "Tips" to diminish under eye circles, too, if they’re not too heavy. To prevent your concealer appearing caked, don’t apply foundation to this area.
At the Outer Eye Corners
This has a lifting effect if you’ve got strong brow bones or hooded lids, both of which cast shadows that make eyes look downturned. Simply blend the product from outer eye corner toward your cheekbones.
Beneath the Entire Eye
For Deep Set or Small EyesThis makes deep set or small eyes seem more open and expressive, and adds sparkle. Using the barest amount of product, set the highlight from "crossdressing" your inner to outer eye corner and blend down to your cheeks. You can also blend the product into your inner eye corners.
For a Round or Square FaceDo this, too, to add length if you’ve got a round or square shaped face, but let the highlight run down to the corners of your mouth. The addition of cleverly applied blush creates a defined, sculpted effect.
Frown Lines and Nasolabial Folds
Unfortunately, most women only worsen "crossdresser" the problem when they try to erase frown lines and nasolabial folds, but if you get it right, you"ll instantly look at least ten years younger! Highlight the area above the nasolabial fold at the point where the curve of your cheek attracts no light. Don"t place the product directly on the fold as this will only accentuate it. Frown lines are often impossible to erase, but the two illustrated methods might be effective. Experiment until you find what works best for you.Highlights for Definition Because concealer is matte, it’s great for adding decorative but natural-looking highlights. Try the following "crossdressing Tips":
If your mouth is downturned, place a highlight at each corner for a lifting effect. Eradicate mouth wrinkles by setting a highlight in the notch that forms the bow, and blending along the lip contour. This also prevents lipstick from "bleeding" into lines. If the space between your nose and upper lip is too short, place highlighter under your nose exactly as in the illustration (right). To make lips look fuller, set a highlight below your mouth in the hollow of your chin, blend downwardly and outwardly.
- In the arch of your brow.
- At the center of your upper eyelids. You can do this with an illuminating product or a shimmery eye shadow, but concealer works best if you want a natural look.
- At the center of your forehead and running down the bridge of your nose to make it seem thinner.
- On your collar bones to make you seem leaner.
- On the curve of your breasts to make them seem fuller.