How to stop your concealer from creasing

You probably have a love-hate relationship with your concealer.

For anyone who uses makeup, concealer is such an important step. Especially when it comes to the under-eye application, it’s such a necessary evil. Necessary because it covers up the eyebags and dark circles so well, and evil because 3 hours after application, it has creased and caked.

Why does concealer crease in the first place? The biggest reason is obviously the constant eye movement we perform throughout the day. Your skin is alive and it moves and adapts its temperature regularly, so it is expected that lines will be created at some point in the day. We have compiled a few ways to prevent your concealer from creasing and cracking below. Note that you can minimize creasing greatly, but since we are moving, breathing beings, it is not always possible to completely prevent it altogether.

1. Get your skincare together

Before worrying about makeup, your skincare should always come first. In this case, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Also start with well moisturized under-eyes in order for your concealer to apply evenly and smoothly. Makeup only looks as good as the surface it’s sitting on.

2. Choose the right concealer formula

Always choose products that compliment your skin type. Anything too thin, too dry, or too moisturizing can cause creasing. Also, try to opt for something with a light texture over a heavier, full-coverage concealer. This is because Lightweight concealers are more flexible and less likely to settle into creases.

3. Place the product strategically

You must have seen a number of ways to apply concealer, the most-popular being the upside-down-triangle method. Regardless of what you’re trying to achieve with your concealer; lifting, brightening or camouflaging, the number one rule is not to apply concealer directly onto your lower lash line. The delicate skin in this area is thin, and can’t hold as much product as the rest of your face.

4. Layer

Apply the product once at a time instead of all at once. Do this until you reach your desired level of coverage.

5. Set it

Do so with a powder, or using a baking technique. Simply apply your loose translucent powder and give it a few minutes to settle into your concealer. This allows your product to “cement” in.


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