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15 Uses For Concealer You Probably Never Considered

One little bottle of concealer...so many possibilities.

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1. If you're out of foundation, mix a little bit of concealer with moisturizer and voilà!

In an emergency, all you need is two ingredients to make your own liquid foundation. The Beauty Department recommends adding one part concealer and two parts face cream, then mixing the two together and applying with a brush.

2. Apply under-eye concealer in a triangle shape instead of a crescent shape.

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Some people do this wrong for years before being set straight, but the best way to apply concealer under your eyes is in a drawn-out triangle. It essentially creates an arrow of light illuminating your eyes.

4. For perfectly angled eyebrows, trace a short line parallel to the top edge with concealer and then blend.

Blend the concealer with a brush or, better yet, your finger. The heat of your fingertip can help to blend and soften the tone.

5. Cover your lips with concealer before you apply lip color to neutralize your lips and make the lipstick color pop.

The natural pigmentation of your lips can interfere with the color of lipstick, making it appear much different from what you thought you were buying. To preserve the original tone of the lipstick, lightly cover your lips with concealer, blend it with a sponge, and then apply lipstick over it.

6. Cover dark circles under your eyes with red lipstick before you apply concealer.

They make red or orange concealer for people with very dark circles under their eyes, but matte lipstick works in a pinch as well. Apply the lipstick under the eye using a brush, blend it well, and then add your concealer over it. Goodbye, dark circles from hell!

7. Green concealer hides red spots on your skin.

This is the only concealer you should apply and blend before you put base on, since it should be completely covered. If you don't have green concealer, you can recreate it by mixing a bit of pale green eyeshadow with your concealer.

9. It also works for giving your eyeshadow a strong edge.

After making the line with the concealer, don't forget to blend it with a sponge or Beautyblender. This trick will make the edge of your eyeshadow look clean and professional.

10. Use concealer that's darker than your natural skin tone for contouring.

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Find a tone that's much darker than your skin and trace the lines of your cheeks, forehead, and chin. Just make sure to blend it really well.

11. You can also contour your collarbones using two different shades: one that's lighter than your natural tone for the highlights, and one that's darker for the shadows.

13. Apply a bit of concealer on top of your eyelid to make your eyeshadow last longer.

Ideally you should use primer for this, but if you don't have any on hand, this technique works marvelously.

15. Every concealer has a specific function.

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Fluid or liquid concealer is perfect for covering the area under the eyes. It's also useful for covering imperfections in skin color, since it's easy to mix.

Stick concealer offers some of the best coverage, which is why it's recommended for deep marks on the skin like scars, or to cover tattoos.

Cream or jarred concealer also has deep coverage, which makes it ideal for covering dark circles under the eyes or bumps on the skin.

Pencil concealer is ideal for drawing lines and defining contours.

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