Whether we like it or not, the sad truth is that our skin exposes all of our dirty lifestyle secrets. Stayed up later than you should have last night? Hello dark under-eye circles. Indulged a little too much on vino and cheese on Friday? That may explain that irruption of pimples on your chin. But lucky for us that is where concealer comes in. Concealers promise to help camouflage skin imperfections, reawaken the skin and fight signs of fatigue, illunminate under the eyes and pay all your bills on time (if only!) With so many available on the market from pots to tubes and doe foot applicators it may be a bit tricky to figure out which is the best for you and how to make them work hard for their money. I've rounded up my concealing favourites with my tips and tricks on how to make them work.
Where we need it
While we use foundation to even out skin tone, concealer zeros in on the emergencies and all the things we want to be covered. Our foundation also conceals however, so concealer should go on after foundation. Sometimes after you apply foundation you may realise that you may not need that much concealer after at all. Blemishes and dark under-eye circles are the most common targets that need covering, as well as redness, scars or broken capillaries. Put simply any place that is dark, or in need of camouflage can use concealer.
Yellow based concealers are the best counteract redness as well as blueness or purple of under-eye circles. It is important remember that unlike your foundation your concealer should be a shade lighter than your natural skin tone or your foundation shade. Pink and orange tones should be avoided as these will accentute what you are trying to hide rather than hide it.
What type to buy
Concealers come in a variety of shades and application types. My personal favourite is the doe foot wand applicator. I find it the easiest to apply, especially if you are short on time. I use the below products under my eyes, to correct any mistakes with my eyebrows as well as to mask blemishes and scarring, then blend it out with a damp beauty blender and set with powder to avoid creasing. However, if you are more of a pot, tube or compact concealer kinda girl this post by Into the Gloss reviews the best of the best concealers and goes further to explain what concealer is the best for a certain outcome so definitely take a read of that post. But if wand doe foot applicators are your arsenal, girl I got you.
The Best Doe Foot Concealers:
The first one up is the much raved about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This baby has INCREDIBLE coverage and just like its name suggests is extremely creamy. I'm not too sure about its radiance as I don't really see anything to radiant about it but this is perfect for covering up dark circles - sleepless night, says who? Definitely my favourite concealer out of the four and very much worth the price tag, always a re-purchase for me.
Now if you are after a concealer that is full coverage, waterproof and literally does not budge than the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is the one for you. I find this concealer to be lightweight but also really heavy duty but with a very flawless and undetectable finish. I swatched this one while in Mecca before I purchased it and I kid you not it was like liquid lipstick swatch because the sucker did not come off my hand without a make up wipe - even after running it under water. This concealer promises to melt into the skin and visibly blur imperfections.I like this one to hide blemishes and scarring.
I find that the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is quite similar to the Urban Decay one and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer similar to NARS. The Rimmel concealer is a lot more radiant than the NARS one however and I use it more to highlight the skin versus concealing. The Maybelline one is definitely bang for your buck because I find it works in similar fashion to the Urban Decay Naked Skin though slightly more runny and easier to work with AND for a 1/4 of the price.
What are some of your favourite concealers and how do you use them?