Let me make it easy to choose the right concealer for you with some basic rules -
- Concealers with a thicker texture are good for covering up red splotches and dark circles.
- Concealers with a lighter texture are better for covering up small complexion irregularities and cover up the shiny / oily skin in the area of the nose, chin and forehead.
- In order to keep your concealer from being visible, it has to be 1 or 2 tones lighter than the tone of your foundation, but make sure its still close to the tone of your skin.
- Smooth textures are easier to apply.
- Never use the concealer past its expiration date.
- Try finding the concealer and foundation from the same brand and line so that there is no color divergence but if you are lucky you can go ahead with the type suiting you from different brands.
Next is how to apply concealer to achieve best results -
- To make the corrections less visible , its always recommended that you first apply a good moisturizer. If your skin is dry and you skip this hydration process, the concealer will not only fail to cover up your blemishes, but will highlight them instead.
- There are two different opinions on when concealer should be applied. Some say it is best applied before the foundation and some say after. I recommend to apply after the foundation as it helps to cover up the minute skin faults.
- Use your concealer in patting motions specially around the eyes. Do not rub as it can cause swelling and protect skin from bruising
- You can use concealer to cover up spots all over your face – around the eyes, at the base of the nose, along the sides, forehead , chin etc.
- Use light-textured concealer if you have fine wrinkles around your eyes because any other kinds will only add your fine creases to be visible.
- Concealer is most suitable for when you are not wearing too much makeup.
My top picks for concealers -
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Clinique Advanced Concealer
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
The purpose of the concealer is to conceal, but if you cover up all your flaws, but the concealer remains visible, you need more practice.
Remember the golden rule - practice makes perfect !