I’ve been posting about products in the order which I apply them – concealers are absolutely necessary. I get too little sleep to get by the days without it and its always in my purse for emergencies.
There’s really no secret to concealers. I lied, there are a few. The basics remain the same, but there are some hidden tips about concealers.
TIP 1: say you have some blemishes, red spots, acne scars and whatnot. Sometimes the foundation will help set it in, but sometimes you need something else. Pick a liquid concealer that is very close (sometimes even the same) tone as that of your foundation. Put a little drop over the blemish and then use your finger to sort of set and blend in with the foundation. Hard to understand? Let me use this video by beauty blogger Blair from one a great beauty website that shows pretty good tips on concealer application on scars AND foundation. I don’t do the foundation bit the same as she does, but honestly, it doesn’t really matter
TIP 2: some people suffer from prominent panda eyes or dark cicrles – that ever-present look of a bad night of sleep. Some people try to stick a LOT of concealer underneath the eyes to make the skin lighter and it just makes it orange. That’s because it takes two tones of concealer to properly salvage the situation: a yellow/lighter concealer and a pink-toned one. Bobbi Brown came up with a solution for that with the Creamy Concealer Kit which costs $32.00. Its really something.
Other brands have their own kit such as Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage which is cheaper ($28.00) and just as good.
TIP 3: remember to use the concealer in other areas that are also darker or off-tone in comparison to your foundation. You want the lighter areas of your face to have one color, not 50.
TIP 4: when you’re picking a concealer, its usually a good idea to go with a concealer that is either the same line or the same brand as your foundation, only one or two tones lighter. It has more to do with how well they blend together so you don’t get some offset bizarre contrast
TIP 5: Some people start with the foundation, other people start with the concealer. Either way works, but I prefer to start with the foundation because it does a bit of the concealer’s work and also sets the undertone (in simpler terms it mixes better). This is true unless you’re using cream/powder foundation, in which case start with the concealer.
TIP 6: brush or fingertips: take your pick. If you’re using liquid foundation, using the typical concealer brush usually works. You can find some cheap ones like this one from TheBalm. I like my good ol’ trustworthy MAC 242. You can also use your fingertips, but brushes help concealers set better. If youre using creamy foundation then it’s even more essential to use a brush because your fingertips can get the concealer dirty and it doesn’t set in that well. In the end, however, it really doesn’t matter, but fingertips will be better when you’re blending the concealer and foundation in small spots.
Finally, some good tips on concealers:
- Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer – staying true to my words, I picked a concealer the same brand as my foundation. It’s expensive as far as concealers go ($28.00) but its a good product. I like liquid concealers, but they don’t offer such great coverage in comparison to creamy ones. Still, I trust this. I should probably add TIP 7: if you have puffy under-eyes, concealers usually get concentrated between lines. Liquid concealers make it easier to fix that.
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – the main job of the concealer is to stay put so longwear concealers are a must-have for everyday makeup – especially if you don’t have long nights of sleep usually. The price is significantly lower ($16.50) so as long as it has a good shade for you, you should be fine.
- Benefit Erase Paste - I like this one because it’s very concentrated so it lasts a reaaaaaaaally long time. It’s good for everyday makeup because it’s got a light look. Downside: you really need to work to blend it. If you have age lines, you’re gonna have a bit more difficulty because of that whole line filling ordeal. It’s more expensive ($26.00) but if it lasts longer, I suppose it’s a good value
- AmazingCosmetics Amazing Concealer - for the naturalists willing to pay more ($42.00) for natural ingredients with a plus: it’s waterproof. It’s said to have amazing coverage with small amounts of product, lasting longer. It has been said (and I quote) it’s a “magic eraser” for imperfections, so I thought it was worth mentioning it
- Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer – maybe you don’t suffer with dark circles and concealers are not the main issue for you – in which case you wanna limit the amount of oil you get on your skin. This is more for a natural look, usually good if you’re at the beach and you don’t want others to instantly notice your face melted off after a while. Natural looking is key. You can also find it in pharmacies – practical enough
Concealers don’t do the whole job, but they do quite a lot of it. Combine this with foundation and highlighters (coming soon) and you have your skin done. All you have to worry about is making sure it looks blended in enough to make it look natural – that’s what we’re always going for