Concealer Tutorial | 35+ Mature Skin

by Molly Gardner
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This concealer technique really changed how makeup looks on my skin.  I use it on all my clients as well and am really excited to be able to share it with you!

After I turned 35, so many of my favorite products and techniques that I tried just didn’t flatter my skin anymore.  After switching to this technique, my makeup looks brighter and fresh again. 

I highly recommend watching the video below first.  Click “play” right on the video, you don’t even need to leave the blog, then read all the steps.  I think it’s clearer and easier to understand this way. 

Then, *Bookmark This Page*, ha!  But seriously, this will make it easier to refer back to if you are watching the video at night and want to try this technique the next morning.

If you find this post and video helpful, please feel free to copy and text the link to anyone who might find it helpful and pin any pins below so you can come back to it again later, and/or share the link on Facebook!

Related post |   The Best Concealers for Women 35+

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Concealer Technique

1 | Skin Prep

I now use either a jade roller for quick lymphatic drainage (a.k.a. depuffing) or the ZIIP Beauty device for drainage and long term collagen rebuilding (lifting).  I’ve found that even just a few quick rolls on each side really wakes up my eyes.  I tend to use the jade roller when I’m in a rush and the ZIIP device when I have a little time (I use it while I’m checking emails) or it’s a big event.  I find that the jade roller depuffs really nicely and the ZIIP depuffs and gives a bit of an instant skin tightening/lift.

Shop | jade roller . ZIIP beauty device

 

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2 | Hydrate

A hydrated under eye area looks so much brighter and holds onto product better. 

I love and use this DHC one

Hydrating eye cream is essential for a concealer base it helps prevent concealer from clinging to dry patches.  It also helps minimize any fine lines.

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3 |  Correct

I actually did a whole post on the Becca corrector.  In short, it’s amazing because it corrects the blueish purple tones at the inner corner and under eye area. 

I use so much less concealer because I’m not piling on three layers to get rid of dark circles.  It is a key step in making my concealer look better and my skin look smoother.  Less product = more natural looking finish for me.

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4 | Conceal

The biggest changes I made to my concealer routine are:

  • Placement  |  I keep the product placement limited to my inner corner to my mid-eye.  I don’t apply any product past the middle of my eye, I only blend what’s already applied at my inner eye outward towards the outside of my eye.  This prevents concealer from settling into fine lines on the outer corners of my eyes.
  • Quantity  |  I use the smallest possible amount of product I can, blend it out, then add more as needed.  These light layers help prevent creasing and product settling into fine lines.  The video (8 minutes long) goes into depth for both of these tips.

Shop | NARS . Maybelline . Surratt concealer

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5 | Setting

This is another area where a simple switch has made a huge difference!

Instead of putting a ton of powder over the blended concealer (a.k.a. “baking”), I use setting spray, spritzed directly into my blender, squished in, and then set my concealer by bouncing the blender into my skin. 

Watch the video if you want to see the bounce technique up close!

Then after using spray, if I still need a bit more setting, I’ll ever-so-lightly dust a soft-finish setting powder over the triangle.   

Using the spray first eliminates the need for a ton of powder and gives your concealer and skin an overall softer appearance.

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Here is the video one more time.  I can’t believe how much smoother and fresher the skin around my eyes looks with this technique.

Related Post | My Over 35 Foundation Routine for Smooth Skin

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That’s it!  I should also mention, this concealer technique works no matter what order you do your makeup in.  I generally do my concealer first, then eye makeup, then the rest of my face.  But you can do concealer after foundation and this technique will still work perfectly!

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(products listed in order used)

My exact jade roller  |  ZIIP Beauty Device  |  Eye Cream  |  Beauty Blender Pro  |  Becca BackLight Priming (for face)  |  Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (I’m shade 4.25)  |  Becca Corrector (for under eyes)  |  Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  |  Surratt Beauty Concealer Palette (I’m shade 2)  |  Setting Spray  |  Wayne Goss Powder Brush  |  Hourglass Setting PowderLashes girlgetglamorousHAIR “Double Tapped”  | Nail Polish  – shade “Desert Suede”Lashes girlgetglamorousHAIR “Double Tapped”

 

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5 comments

Krista April 4, 2019 - 6:00 am

Thank you for this post! Tried it all and loved it! What mascara do you use? The only issue I had was some mascara transfer to my under eye area:0(

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Keri Collins July 22, 2019 - 5:41 am

I just tried this technique-AWESOME result. Can’t thank you enough for the hints. I’m 51 and this actually worked!

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Mara October 8, 2019 - 2:15 pm

well..honestly 35 is a bit early to talk about “mature” skin…mature is over 50..

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Molly Gardner October 9, 2019 - 10:11 am

Hi Mara! Collagen production starts to decline after the age of 25 and starts to become visible in most people in their 30’s, so it’s great to start adapting new makeup techniques in your 30’s and adding in collagen boosting routines (like microcurrent facials) instead of waiting until 50’s+.

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Crystal P. March 4, 2020 - 12:34 pm

Oooh, I can’t wait to try this! I’m 41 and my fine lines are on the inner corners of my undereyes. Concealer and powder just make them look worse, so I’ve been moisturizing and living with the dark circles.. I’m excited to see if this helps. <3

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