We all dream of perfect, unblemished skin. However, due to environmental, genetic, and lifestyle causes, we’re unable to achieve it even if we use the best skincare. The next best thing is to cover up any spots and discoloration with the right concealer. In this tutorial, I’ll be teaching you how to achieve the maximum coverage for your acne scars and dark circles!

First, let’s discuss the different types of concealer.
There are those formulated for general, base-perfecting use. They’re pigmented enough to cover most blemishes and darkness under the eyes. Something like NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer would be a good example. This is what I use on a daily basis since it’s so easy to apply and stays on all day (Note: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a good substitute if you can’t find NARS). For an everyday concealer, make sure to choose a shade that matches your skin tone exactly.

Another type of concealer affords the heaviest coverage and must be used as sparingly as possible, such as Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer. This is meant to hide stubborn spots and has a “hard” texture to ensure maximum coverage. A thick concealer like this is difficult to blend but you can be sure that it won’t budge no matter how much you oil up or sweat. You can even use a cream foundation like Shiseido Spot Cover for the darkest marks!

The last type of concealer corrects discoloration. Color correctors like bright yellow and salmon pink concealers are best for eyebags since they counteract the darkness of that area, brightening it and making it look fresh in an instant. I love Suesh’s Concealer & Corrector Pots since they are creamy and thus won’t dry out that sensitive area, while also providing color correcting shades. Tip: These “pots” are sold separately from their case so you can customize the color combination that appears in your palette.

Here’s how to use these different concealers!

STEP 1: Apply a thick, heavy-coverage concealer right onto your blemishes.
Don’t apply it outside of the spot; you want to concentrate the coverage only on areas where you need it. The Laura Mercier concealer is perfect for this job! I also prefer using a tiny, synthetic brush with a pointed tip to apply it. Let the product set first before blending this out with your finger, or with another concealer (see Step Three).

STEP 2: With your ring finger, pat on a salmon pink concealer mixed with a bit of yellow in a reverse triangle shape under your eyes. Sounds weird, I know, but this serves to create evenly concealed eye bags—no sudden dark to light areas—while also highlighting the center of your face. The highlighted effect makes your face look brighter and more open! Just remember to blend everything seamlessly, still using your finger.
Here I combined two Suesh Concealers, C12 (the pink) and C207 (the yellow), to get the maximum color correcting effect.

STEP 3: This is an optional step, but I recommend you do it if you have severely dark discoloration on your face. Choose a liquid concealer the exact same color as your skin to completely remove any traces of the heavy concealers you used earlier. You only need a tiny amount so you need not fret about it looking too heavy!
Here I used the NARS concealer to bled my spot concealing job. I just dotted a small amount on one area and then blended it with a finger.

This technique is perfect for those with skin scarring, and those who need to look absolutely flawless for a shoot. It’s not an everyday thing, definitely, unless you’ve got lots of prep time in the morning!

STEP 4: Set your work with loose translucent powder. Use a fluffy brush to gently sweep the powder starting from your T-zone, moving outward to the edges of your face. This ensures that your concealers will stay in place all day.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have questions or additional tips for covering up skin imperfections.

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Photos by Liz Lanuzo