It seems like there are twice as many beauty 鈥渄on鈥檛s鈥 as beauty 鈥渄os.鈥 And one that鈥檚 been getting a ton of buzz lately on the beauty blog circuit is about applying concealer. While the general method of dotting your dark areas with the highlighting product is accepted without question, the issue lies with the way it鈥檚 applied on your face. You see, there are two widely used techniques 鈥 applying in a line pattern or in a triangle pattern 鈥 and according to our Twitter feeds, the former has seemed to go completely out of style. Since we don鈥檛 like writing off a technique that easily, we鈥檙e putting both to the test in our latest Beauty Mythbuster. Does one *actually* work better than the other? Scroll through to see if you鈥檙e applying your concealer completely wrong.




Starting at the inside corner of your eye, apply small dots of your favorite concealer in a single-file line just below your lower lash line. Apply until you reach the outer corner of your eye. Blend by gently stippling (tapping) the product into your skin with a flat brush. If your concealer is on the thicker side, you can press your finger over the product to help it melt into place and blend better.


After this technique, you can see that Juliet鈥檚 eyes appear brighter 鈥 it鈥檚 noticeably less shadowy under her lower lids 鈥 yet it doesn鈥檛 hide her freckles or affect the rest of her face. The refining effect is minimal, but it鈥檚 there (and super quick to get), so we won鈥檛 label it flat-out wrong quite yet. Regardless, we鈥檒l definitely be using it as a way to look more awake during that 3PM weekday lull.

Triangle Application


Starting at the inside corner of your eye, apply small dots of your favorite concealer in a single-file line that ends at the top of your cheek bone and in line with the center of your eye. Dot the concealer up toward the outer corner of your eye to complete the triangle. Fill in with a mini triangle 鈥 three dots will do! 鈥 then blend by gently stippling the product into your skin with a flat brush or your finger.


After using this technique, Juliet鈥檚 entire face appears brighter and more alive. Her freckles are covered, but not completely masked. It鈥檚 plain to see that this does provide more coverage 鈥攖hat鈥檚 not surprising, since we used more product 鈥 but does so in a very natural-looking way. We get why some bloggers label this technique 鈥渞ight鈥.

Conclusion: Line聽vs Triangle


When you see the effects of the two techniques side by side, the difference is pretty apparent. Both do a great job at brightening Juliet鈥檚 eyes, but the triangle method makes her entire face appear brighter. So what did Juliet think about the two? She was pretty stoked to learn the triangle technique, and even though it was outside her normal beauty regimen, she said she鈥檇 definitely try it again 鈥 she said the change was so small that it seemed doable, maybe for parties or events she knew she鈥檇 be photographed. Ultimately, she said the line method 鈥 her normal method 鈥 looked more blended and natural, especially because she doesn鈥檛 wear that much makeup.

I personally rock the triangle method daily and swear by it. It just goes to show that you can do either one, it just matters which complements your beauty regimen best. In my book, the the triangle method works best in tandem with a foundation that already provides a little more coverage 鈥 it just takes the whole look up a notch. If you鈥檙e more of a tinted moisturizer or nothing-at-all kind of gal, perhaps a few dots under your eye is the way to go for a more subtle brightening effect. What you *should* do: that鈥檚 up to you :)

What are your favorite concealers or concealer tricks? Do share in the comments below!