Ok, I know I’ve been going on about how I want to be more consistent and post regularly but let’s just face it…it’s not going to happen. I’m not one to plan these things, it’s mostly spontaneous whenever I feel like writing. So thank you all for sticking around and waiting weeks (months…) at a time for me to post. The last post talked about foundation, so the next step is concealer. When it comes to concealer, there are many types and there are many uses – let’s break it down into the categories I will be talking about: under-eye concealer, blemish concealer, and colour correcting concealer. I will give suggestions for each of these categories and then offer tips and tricks at the end of the article.
When it comes to the under-eye, there are typically 3 main jobs of a concealer: to cover dark circles, to brighten the under-eye and highlight the face, or both.
A cult favourite for covering dark circles is the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. I love the formula of this concealer because it is not so thin that you need to layer it on, but its not so thick that you can feel the weight of it under the eyes. Its the perfect lightweight texture with a full coverage finish that still looks like skin. The radiant finish adds life to the under-eyes as well. The only con I have with this concealer is it tends to crease, so if creasing is an issue for you make sure to set it with a translucent powder. Another option is the Maybelline Age-Rewind concealer (…wait, is the idiot suggesting a product that isn’t from Sephora???? – I know guys, I’m trying to be more drugstore-friendly). I used to use Age-Rewind and it’s actually quite similar to the Nars concealer at a lower price point. Finally, let me go off about the Smashbox BB Cream Eyes concealer for a second; I didn’t plan on including this product in this article because I’d never tried it for myself and it’s not a very popular product in my store – well let me tell you, this bad boy is definitely going to be a staple in my routine. All it took was one day of wearing it for it to become my favourite concealer. I have a mad problem with concealers creasing under my eyes; this. product. is the first one. that didn’t crease at all – through a day of running errands in 30 degree heat, she didn’t even budge. I even put it to the test and didn’t set it with powder! It covered my darkness and looked flawless all day, even when applied quickly with my fingers.
If you are looking for a concealer to simply highlight the face and brighten the under-eye, I love the Laura Mercier Candleglow concealer. It’s a more sheer coverage, so this wouldn’t be ideal if you have prominent dark circles, however it is a great option for those of you looking to add dimension to the face, but again, not really great for concealing anything. Another option with slightly more pigmentation is the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Perfecting Pen (say that 5x fast). Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks for highlighting the face with concealer.
Got dark circles but also want a concealer to highlight the face? No problem, I gotchu. I do love the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer for this, as it has great coverage while still looking skin-like as mentioned earlier. Another option if you are not a fan of the radiant finish is the Nars Matte Complete Concealer. It is different from all the other concealers mentioned thus far as it is in a pot instead of a tube. It is a thicker formula, so a little goes a long way.
Breakouts are a natural part of life, and there are tons of skincare options to get rid of them. However, as we know, blemishes typically last a few days so there are definitely ways to cover them up quickly and easily while they disappear. I feel like I keep repeating the same products, but going back to the Nars Matte Complete Concealer, this is great for blemishes. The formula is creamy and lightweight, yet thick enough to stand up to the texture and redness that comes along with a spot (I call blemishes ‘spots’). I find that a potted concealer or a thicker cream texture is better for covering breakouts because they tend to lay on top of the skin, and thus on top of the blemish to cover it – liquids or lighter creams tend to blend into the skin (and thus into the blemish), and allows the redness to peek through. A drugstore option is the Revlon Photoready Concealer stick.
I think I have talked about colour correcting briefly in another article, but I’ll go into more detail and talk about some colour correcting products today. Colour correcting is exactly what it sounds like – correcting discolouration in the skin, such as redness or blue-purple dark circles. To colour correct, look at a picture of a colour wheel – I have so graciously inserted a picture of one for your convenience.
Now, take the colour you want to correct (for example, the redness of a blemish), and you will use the opposite colour to correct it (so in this case, green). Applying opposing colours will ‘cancel out’ or ‘neutralize’ the discolouration, making it easier to cover with foundation or concealer. Some good colour correcting products for all over the face are the Makeup Forever Skin Equalizer Primers and the Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Correcting Primers. They come in an array of colours for correcting and they are great for correcting large areas or all over the face. For spot-treating mild discolouration, I love the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Neutralizers. They do exactly what they say – neutralize the skintone to allow a more even foundation application. However, I would only use these products if the discolouration is not too dark or pigmented (i.e. discolouration that isn’t too severe, such as naturally rosy cheeks) just because they are quite sheer. If you need something more pigmented to correct darker discolouration, I love the Smashbox Colour Correcting Sticks (I’m mentioning a lot of Smashbox products today…I swear this post isn’t sponsored). They come in an easy-to-use pencil which is great for smaller areas such as blemishes or dark circles, and a little goes a long way. Discolouration is completely neutralized after using these and they are easy to cover with foundation afterwards.
- Highlighting the face with concealer is a classic trick. Apply a concealer that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skintone to areas in the centre of the face: the under eyes, down the centre of the nose, the forehead and the chin. This will create dimension and bring brightness to the face.
- For blemishes, try applying your concealer before your foundation – this way, if your concealer is a slightly different colour than your foundation (which is typical), your foundation will even everything out. Putting concealer on top will make it more noticeable.
- Another tip for blemishes is getting a matte concealer. Anything radiant will highlight the texture in the skin.
- If you are not covering a blemish (i.e. if you are looking to highlight the face), apply concealer after foundation in order to keep the brightness prominent.
- When using concealer to cover dark circles, don’t bother applying foundation under the eyes, use concealer only. Applying foundation and then concealer under the eyes is unnecessary if you have the right concealer. Foundation is there to even out the skintone, concealer is there to…conceal.
- Use your concealer in multiple ways – use it as an eyelid primer, or dab a small amount over the lips to cancel out any colour before applying lipstick.
Alright, thats all for today folks. I’m going to apologize one more time for being so inconsistent with the blog. I feel like I’ve been more present on Instagram lately, but the blog hasn’t gotten much love. I really am going to try to upload articles more frequently, I promise.
Until next time,