How to Stop Concealer From Settling in Creases and Lines?

A perfect, flawless makeup is what we desire.

Now, the definition of “perfect” may vary from one person to another. What is perfect for me, might be too much for you. And what is perfect for you, may be a little underwhelming for me.

But makeup, whatever kind it is, be it natural or full on glam, requires technique. Without technique, there are some major nods of disapproval awaiting you!

One of the most common and consistent problems we face is creasing. Even with the most natural makeup, creasing is just as annoying as it is with heavy makeup. It has you cursing those fine lines underneath your eyes that are natural and inevitable.

So you may ask, how to stop concealer from settling in creases and lines?

I might just have the answer. I am not saying that I can help you stop your concealer from creasing forever. But I can help you to prevent it as much as you can! Interested to know more? Keep reading!

How to Stop Concealer From Settling in Creases and Lines?

Okay, I am about to spill my wise beans so get ready!

You can stop concealers from settling in creases and fine lines by adopting a more effective method. A well prepped under eyes, paired with the right consistency of concealer will do most of the work for you. And a good setting powder to top it off!

Sounds doable, does it not? And it is! In fact, you can prevent concealer from creasing in 5 simple steps. Yes, I will tell you about each step in detail. Promise me to keep an open mind and not judge my techniques!

So, if you are ready, let us fight some fine lined makeup demons today, shall we?

Step 1: Hydration is the Key!

I say this all the time. Good skin forms the base of flawless makeup.

The healthier your skin is, the better your makeup will look. That is also the case with our under eyes. Compared to the rest of our face, our under eyes tend to be drier. And they are also the area that suffers the most stress.

You need to first pick a good eye cream that addresses your specific concern. Be it dryness, wrinkles, discoloration, etc. And you have to stick to it religiously.

Before applying your concealer or other products, hydrate your under eyes. Well hydrated and moisturized skin will allow a nice, smooth base for the concealer. Dry under eyes will absorb the moisture from the concealer and dry it out- resulting in creasing.

Also, hydration also tackles any texture you might have there. That just makes the concealer look much better!

Step 2: Choosing the Right Concealer

This is going to be long and detailed. So buckle up!

The most important thing to remember is, you must choose the right consistency. Nothing too runny or too stiff. Something that is creamy and blendable. Also do not layer it- use a color corrector beforehand to avoid layering!

Now that you have some idea about the basics, let us dig deeper!

  • Do I Need to use a Color Corrector?

If you have significant discoloration, then yes. A thin line of color correctors will help. An orange, or simply a warmer shade of corrector or concealer will cancel out the darkness. So you will not need to layer concealers to hide the darkness.

This also means that your under eyes will not look ashy! So in short, you are saved from wearing too much product under your eyes, and thus preventing creasing!

  • What is the Right Consistency of Concealer?

A lightweight yet creamy concealer is the perfect pick. Runny concealers will not effectively give enough coverage. And too heavy consistency will settle in the crease due to the excessive coverage.

A creamy concealer blends out more easily, and is easier to set. They add just the right amount of hydration and do not dry out.

  • Can I Mix Different Concealers?

Yes, you can! There are 3 instances where you may need to mix concealers. First is when you use one to color correct, and then one to conceal or highlight. Sometimes, we might also mix two shades to get the right tone.

Another instance is when you use the exact shade of your skin and want to add something to highlight. In all three cases, make sure to not add excessive products. Stick to two thin layers, and blend them out evenly.

Step 3: Application Techniques to Follow

Did you think I would skip this? No! How you apply your concealer also determines if it will crease or not.

You can use a small, dome shaped or angular brush that is soft yet dense. Gently blend it out, switching between tapping and sweeping motions. Be careful not to drag or move the product, rather gently blend it.

Alternatively, you can use a damp sponge to tap and blend the product. In case of this, remember that the sponge will absorb a bit of the product. So I suggest that you let the product sit for the minute before going in with the sponge.

Fingers can also be used to apply and blend the concealer! The most reliable applicator of all time!

Be careful not to ever apply too much pressure or to drag the skin underneath. Not only will it take away the product but will also harm the sensitive skin underneath.

Step 4: To Bake or not to Bake

Unpopular opinion: Baking hardly ever helps. In fact, it is not necessary.

If you are unfamiliar with the process of baking, let me tell you what it is.

Basically, baking involves taking your setting powder and packing it in places. Yes, packing it, heavily. Usually it is done under the eyes, below your cheek contour and the bridge of the nose. The center of the forehead is also included.

It is done to highlight and to set the face. For under eyes, the theory is- if you pack the powder and let it sit, it stops creasing. The powder settles in the fine lines and does not allow the concealer to crease.

This is completely unnecessary. The excess powder only dries out your concealer, and makes it crease. It does nothing that a light layer of powder cannot fix.

So, what do we do instead?

Take a light layer of setting powder and tap off the excess. Gently sweep it under your eyes to set the concealer. Use a small, fluffy brush to do this!

Remember, more powder will only dry out the concealer. A light layer of it will set it without causing any dryness! With the under eyes, less is more.

Additional Tips

I am no makeup artist, but I have some tips. I made mistakes myself and that is how I have learnt. I will let my flawless under eyes speak for themselves!

If you care to know, here are some tips:

  • Avoid applying concealer too close to the lash line. That is where the lines are the most deep. Take some eyeshadow and blend it under the lash line instead.
  • While blending, tilt your head downwards with your chin pulled in to your neck. Then look up. This
  • allows the line to fade and you get to blend the product completely.
  • Always use clean tools and fingers!

Can I Stop the Concealer from Creasing Completely?

The truth is, your concealer will crease. If you have deep, fine lines under your eyes, there is no escaping that.

But what you can do is minimize creasing. And if you follow the above techniques, you can even prevent creasing. However, depending on your concealer’s longevity, it will crease. The more longwearing your concealer is, the longer you will go without creasing!

What is a Good Setting Powder to set my Concealer?

The finer the powder is milled, the better it is to set. A good loose powder that melts into your skin without looking cakey is the right one.

Laura Mercier offers a beautiful setting powder that you can choose. It is a high end product, so you can go for Laura Mercier Setting Powder dupes as well. But remember- use a light layer!

What is a Good Concealer for the Under Eyes?

As I said before, a creamy concealer is what you need. NARS or similar concealers that are specifically made for the under eyes will be good options. The trick is in the consistency, so look out for that!


Do not let wrong products or improper application make you hate your skin. Your fine lines are normal, everyone has them. In case you want to hide them for a while, practice to perfect your skill!

I hope you got the answer to how to stop concealer from settling in creases and lines. The suggestions provided should help you!

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