How to Choose Your Perfect Concealer
Concealers and Color Correcting products are vital to having a flawless, radiant look. Sometimes people mistakenly think that foundation can serve as a concealer, but it can’t and won’t. Concealers are more concentrated and deliver heavier coverage than foundations can.
If you’re ready to find your perfect concealer match, then here are a few tips to help you along the way.
First, you need to decide which formula works best for your skin type and concern.
Liquid concealers are the most well known, widely used and versatile on the market. It suits all skin types, is buildable and comes in many different finishes. This is the kind that I use on a daily basis since I have oily skin which is easily prone to breakouts. Liquid concealers don’t clog pores as much as their heavier bodied counterparts, so if you’re an oily skin type, this should work well for you.
I love the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer collection. It comes in various shades for different tones. It’s long lasting and doesn’t feel caky or heavy on my skin. Another great option is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment. This one has a really good selection of shades, and it’s a cult favorite. It continues to rank high on top beauty lists created by magazines and beauty influencers.
Cream concealers are good for combination to dry skin. These are also buildable and are available in different finishes such as satin or creamy. I recommend using this formula to conceal discolorations, but keep in mind these tend to crease after time. You can use baking powder to set or “bake” your concealer or cocktail it with a serum when applying.
This Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit is a little on the pricey side, but it’s an amazing formula. If you’re wanting a palette with a wider tone range, then check out this City Color Photo Chic Concealer and Contour Palette. It features eight shades which are perfect for concealing and contouring.
Stick concealers have gained a lot of popularity recently, and for good reason. They are very well suited for sensitive and dry skin and will give you a beautiful finish. They are available in either matte or satin finish, and are also buildable. Plus, they’re a bit easier to use ( in my opinion ) and travel well.
Bourjois Blur The Lines Concealer Sticks are an excellent choice as they are good quality and blend well. Soap & Glory’s Kick ass Blur and Brighten Concealer is another product which delivers on its promises.
Once you’ve narrowed down which formula best suits you, then move on to color matching. Ideally, your concealer should be half a shade lighter than your foundation shade. You can go a full shade lighter if you like, but don’t go too light. Otherwise, you’ll over brighten the under eye area and your makeup will look odd. I’ve done this before and didn’t realize why I was getting a lot of flashback in photographs. Once I fixed the issue with the concealer, my makeup was more seamless and natural looking.
Also, be gentle with yourself if you’re just starting out. If you make a few mistakes, no worries. You can use a makeup remover wipe to correct the issue or you can use a more modern tool like this Maybelline Master Fixer Makeup Remover Pen.
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