Ask Elle--Stop Creasing Concealer

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Dear Elle,
How do I stop my concealer from creasing? via comments

Here are a few options that I use. Try one (or mix it up!)

  • Prep: Try using a liquid eye shadow primer (yes, that's right) underneath the eye where you'd put your concealer. Examples: Benefit's Stay Don't Stray, Too Faced's Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay's Primer Potion, ELF Mineral Primer, L'Oreal Decrease 
  • Pat: Don't rub in your concealer in the delicate eye area. Use finger, doe foot applicator (this is usually attached to your concealer cap if using a liquid concealer), or a concealer brush to apply. Then pat, pat, pat, and pat some more until blended. This works, seriously!
  • Brand: Some brands, even really expensive brands, just crease. If you tried the two tips above and you're still getting creasing, try another brand.

Do you have questions about beauty or hair care? 
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  1. Wonderful and helpful tips! Thanks!

  2. I will definitely try and apply a little eye shadow primer although I think really I just need to change brands

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  3. Totally agree about patting it on...makes a big diff.

  4. Pat? Ohh, I always smear and rub it in. Ok, clearly a concealer fail :(

  5. Great tips, as I've gotten older I put eye cream on first and while it's still moist I pat on the concealer. That's helped a lot!


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