Micro-Concealing Is The Secret Behind Natural-Looking Makeup

Jyotika Udeshi , 26 Mar 2019
Girl Using Concealer By Olena Yakobchuk | Source: Shutterstock
Girl Using Concealer By Olena Yakobchuk | Source: Shutterstock

I love experimenting with colourful eyeshadows and blinding highlighters. However, on most days I prefer looking like a slightly more polished version of myself. Although I can certainly use foundations and primers to achieve this effect, it seems a bit counterproductive to use more products to get a natural look. Thus, when I came across a makeup trick that gave me the finish I wanted, without piling on layers of makeup, I had to share it with you!

Dubbed as micro-concealing, this technique involves strategically covering up imperfections by using a teensy amount of concealer. Unlike traditional methods which involve layering foundation on top of your concealer, this trick calls for the use of just the latter. The resultant look is all about fresh, natural and even-toned skin.

What You Need

The key to nailing this method lies in the tools. First, you need a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly. For best results, opt for a cream-based, full coverage formula. The next thing you require is the right brush. Rather than opting for a concealer brush, go for a fine-tipped eyeliner brush as it will help you precisely dot over any imperfections.

NYX Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush | Source: NYX Cosmetics
NYX Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush | Source: NYX Cosmetics

How To Micro-Conceal

Now, for the main part – the actual technique! Dip the brush into your concealer pan to pick up a very small amount of product. Then, use gentle strokes to lightly feather the product into your skin. Instead of spreading concealer onto the surrounding areas, you only apply the formula onto the concerned spot. Once the concealer is on, you can lightly press it in with your finger to ensure that it blends in seamlessly.

The aim of micro-concealing is to mimic your natural skin and give the illusion that you have no makeup on. Since this technique is all about smaller areas, it isn’t the right one to use if you’ve got dark circles. However, if you are looking to cover up any pigmentation or acne, this could be game-changer!

If you are keen to try out this new trick, here are some concealers that you can stock up on:

1. Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer

Doesn’t the name say it all? This full coverage concealer is a genius at camouflaging all types of skin issues, without caking up.

Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer | Source: Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer | Source: Benefit Cosmetics

2. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Weightless and creamy, this matte formula is super pigmented. Not only does it cover up any imperfections easily, but also gives a soft-focus, blurring effect which is ideal for this technique.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer | Source: NARS
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer | Source: NARS

3. MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

Oil-controlling, long lasting and non-comedogenic, this concealer is a favourite for a reason. If you’ve got acne-prone skin, this is definitely the formula to buy.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer | Source: MAC Cosmetics
MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer | Source: MAC Cosmetics

Got any more queries about micro-concealing? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

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