February 10, 2016

Add Moisture to Dry Concealers Or Sheer Out Thick Ones With This Makeup Hack

concealer hack

I can’t begin to tell you how many drugstore concealers I’ve been crushingly disappointed by (but never you L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer) because they are so terribly dry. Don’t get me return the drugstore concealer world has stepped up its game in recent years but I don’t think it’s quite there yet. One day I want to walk into a drugstore and be faced with an endless array of pigmented yet hydrating concealers.

Until that day comes here’s a makeup hack to add moisture to dry concealers or maybe sheer out thick ones (I’m talking to you It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer).

So maybe you’re like me and you have a makeup graveyard filled with dry concealers.

Here’s the makeup hack to making to moist and wearable! Take the concealer and swipe a generous layer on the back of your hand, now take a tiny drop of your favorite facial oil and mix it right into the concealer with a brush. Now apply it under your eyes! Presto! Your dry concealer will be nicely hydrating, easier to apply and blend out, and likely won’t crease into pesky finer lines courtesy the new, improved formula.

sheer concealer out

Now one of the top rants about It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer would be it is too thick! Personally, I’ve never minded this but some folks struggle with the formula not only is it thick but it has a very emollient formula which means you might struggle during application or blending.

No problem, use the same trick above to sheer it out or any other super thick, creamy concealer you might need. This time around though you might want to play a little with the amount of oil you want. Typically if I’m sheering out a very pigmented, thick formula I use two drops of oil. This might be a little too much for some folks so play a little and see what works best for you. This not only sheers out thicker formulas but it also makes them considerably easier to apply as it thins the consistency out considerably which in turn allows for easier blendability.

Hopefully these makeup backs help you add a little moisture to your dry concealers and sheer out your thick, pigmented ones!

What are some of your concealer hacks?

Do share ’em!

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  • Lura

    #Ooh! I do this with my Kevin Aucion Sensual Skin enhancer.

    Facial oil directly on the face, a tiny dot of KASS buffed about with a Real Techniques flat top brush.

    I have very dry skin.

    This smooths the product on, provides nice coverage & provides a soft glow. Do like! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll have to try this with the IT concealer. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yup! Likewise! I do it with the Sensual Skin Enhancer too ๐Ÿ˜€ Try it with It Concealer, a reader told me about this last year and I tried it and it worked a treat to thin it out!

  • blee

    Well, I guess I’m a hacker:) I always put oil in my skin care. And this must be why I like thicker concealers. This works for me. But I have dark circles and spots to cover there.

  • Justin

    I think with any high coverage concealer making sure to use a decent amount of eye cream first and it blends better and doing the Mary Greenwell method of “knocking” it in. Especially with the bye bye concealer it works well and the clarins instant concealer

    • Isabella Muse

      Totes the method I use. I sit and pat and pat and pat and pat on top of not only eye cream but also a drop or two of facial oil!

      • Justin

        What’s your preferred face oil for cutting down with on cosmetics. All the face oils I have are more “treatment” oils and I’ve always been a big believer that antiaging products don’t mix well with makeup

  • Jennifer Wasko

    I LOVE this article. I am 49 and can’t get the concealer right. I have been applying concealer and then applying the it cosmetics under eye lotion in small dots atop of the concealer and blending it somewhat. It is hard to do my method bc the concealer has already dried. Your method is FAR better than my plan. Thank you for writing this.

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh my gosh thanks Jennifer it always makes me so happy when I’ve helped someone ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad it worked out for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D