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Many, if not most, of us have had a blemish or something that we deem an imperfection. Usually others aren’t so aware of these things, but we tend to be much more critical of ourselves. Some of us are just a little annoyed with a feature or two, while some are severely distraught by them. No matter what your perceived flaw is, the chances are that most people would like to improve something. With the right makeup application you can virtually improve or minimize whatever it is that you want to change.

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The first thing you should get is a concealer palette that contains 4 or more skin tone shades. This will give you the best variety for any time of the year and options to customize the color to suit your skin. You will want a skin color concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin, one that is 3 shades lighter, one that is 2 shades darker and one that is 4 shades darker. These four different shades will allow you to use them as they are or to mix them for the perfect shade.

Skin toned concealer shades are best for minimizing and expressing certain features. Shades that are darker than your skin tone will cause that area to recede. Use darker shades to thin wide areas or to make a certain area to appear smaller. You can use them to thin your nose by applying it to the widest area, or to help sculpt your cheekbones.

Lighter skin toned concealers will make a feature stand out by attracting the eye. They are wonderful for highlighting areas like the forehead, tops of cheeks, corner of the eye, or to make a nose appear thinner. With lighter concealer shades you also have the option of a flat finish or a shimmery one. Colors with shine should be used with a light touch because they are much more noticeable than a flat opaque one. Use the lighter shades in conjunction with the darker ones for more dramatic impact.

The only way that you will really know what shades and how they should be applied is to experiment. Try different concealers, colors and tones before you decide which to use. It is very important to properly match the concealer to your skin tone no matter what shade it is. The whole idea of using concealer is to cover or correct a flaw without it being noticeable. A shade with a red tone will stand out on someone with more yellow toned skin and vice versa.