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How to Stop Concealer From Creasing

Concealer creasing can be such a pain when it comes to achieving a flawless makeup look. First things first, we need to remember is that "flawless" doesn't exist. Period. We are all human and we all have flaws. But that doesn't mean we can't learn and practice how to better care for our skin and apply concealer for longer lasting and better looking makeup.

Let's dive into the reasons behind concealer settling into fine lines and I'll share some effective tips to combat this issue. By understanding the importance of skincare, using the right amount of concealer, setting it properly, being mindful of facial expressions, and finding the perfect formula, you'll be better-equipped to achieve a crease-LESS and radiant finish.

1. Lack of Proper Skincare:

One of the leading causes of concealer creasing is neglecting proper skincare. Hydrated skin is essential, so incorporate hydrating products like hyaluronic acid, night cream, and a rich eye cream into your nighttime routine. In the morning, seal in that moisture with a daytime eye cream, a good vitamin C serum, and a moisturizer. These steps will ensure your skin is nourished, plump, and ready for flawless makeup application.

My favorites include: - Skin Script Ageless Skin Hyrating Syrum

  • Skin Script Ageless Skin Hyrating Syrum

  • Bare Minerals Butter Drench Cream

  • Skin Script Vitamin C Green Tea Serum

  • Le Mieux Vita-C Serum

2. Applying Too Much Concealer:

Avoid the temptation to follow trends blindly and apply excessive amounts of concealer. Instead, use a minimal amount and gradually build coverage if necessary. Start by applying a tiny dot of concealer where needed and pat it in gently with your finger. Then, blend it out using a beauty blender or brush. If additional coverage is desired, add a light layer and repeat the steps. This approach prevents product buildup and ensures a natural-looking finish.

3. Not Setting the Concealer:

To prevent concealer creasing, it's crucial to set it properly. After application, lightly dust a lightweight powder onto areas prone to creasing. For under-eye creasing, consider using a product like the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes. Keep in mind, this product will flashback in flash photography if too much is applied. This step creates a barrier that minimizes movement and helps your concealer stay in place throughout the day.

4. Facial Expressions:

While we can't eliminate facial expressions (nor would we want to!), we can minimize creasing by being mindful during makeup application. Smile, laugh, and blink gently to avoid excessive creasing. If you notice any creases forming, gently pat them out before applying powder. This technique allows the concealer to adapt to your natural facial movements, reducing the chances of noticeable creasing after setting.

5. Using the Wrong Concealer:

Not all concealers are created equal, and some are more prone to creasing than others. Experiment with different formulas to find the one that works best for your skin type. Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution, you can start by gathering samples and trying different options. My personal and kit favorite is Tarte Shape Tape. This is definitely a "less is more" product, and there is a learning curve to applying it to all skin types and ages. I like to apply it with a damp sponge on most clients.

Concealer creasing is a very common concern, but armed with the right knowledge and techniques, utilizing trial and error and PRACTICE, you can achieve a beautiful, long lasting makeup application. By prioritizing skincare, using an appropriate amount of concealer, setting it properly, being mindful of facial expressions, and finding the ideal formula, you'll have less concealer creasing and longer-lasting makeup look.

Love and beauty,



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