Hi Everyone! Happy Friday! I’m continuing my 101 series with a Concealer 101 post. However, since concealer is less of a mystery to most people (compared to primers), the format will be a bit different. More than focusing on the different types of concealers, I’m going to focus on the best concealers for different concerns.
I like to think of concealers like a super pigmented foundation. They’re usually used to camouflage certain flaws – namely under eye circles or blemishes. However, you can also use concealers to highlight, color correct or even to replace foundation for certain spots of your face. For example, the first place on my face where foundation fades is my nose. If I really need my makeup to last, sometimes I’ll skip foundation and just use concealer on my nose.
Types of Concealers
These usually come in a pot or squeezy tube and have a creamy and thick consistency. They are best for dry skin & the under-eye area. I wouldn’t recommend using these to cover blemishes since they can clog pores and aggravate the situation. Also, since the consistency is creamy, they are more likely to slide around.
Stick concealers tend to be on the thick and creamy side, but not as much as cream concealers. They are best for normal to dry skin. I’m not a huge fan of stick concealers since I find they can be difficult to blend. Not sure if it’s the ingredients that allow the concealer to remain in a stick form or what but they aren’t very emollient.
This is probably the most popular type of concealer. Most come in a tube with an applicator. There are so many formulas of liquid concealers available that you can find one that suits any skin type. Further, the applicator is usually really convenient for spot concealing.
Within all these categories are subcategories (usually based on concern) such as:
+ Color correcting: concealers with a certain color that neutralizes another. For example, using a green concealer for redness.
+ Brightening/Illuminating: these concealers tend to have a little shimmer or luminosity to help brighten certain areas.
+ Clearing: concealers with acne medication such as salicylic acid. They are meant to be primarily to cover blemishes.
+ Under eye: there are tons of concealers marketed specifically for the under eye area. Some even have specific ingredients typically found in skin care to make them more multipurpose.
Maybelline Better Skin Concealer – $8.99
This is a liquid concealer I initially bought for the under-eye area. Unfortunately, I found it creased, and felt a little drying. However, since it’s very light-weight, pigmented and NOT creamy/oily it works great for spot concealing. Whenever I have a blemish (which seems like it’s all the time) that my foundation doesn’t cover I use a dot of this and I’m golden. It’s also matte/dry enough that I don’t need to add powder on top.
Under-eye Area (Dry Skin)
Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for my readers, I have combination skin. And that doesn’t just mean that certain areas of my face are dry while others are oily. It also means that sometimes my entire face is dry and sometimes my entire face is oily.
If my under eye area is feeling dry, I usually go with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under-eye concealer. This is technically a cream concealer even though it comes in a squeezy tube. The formula is really dense and tacky so a TINY dot goes a long way. The formula is so creamy that I always need to warm it up with my fingers first in order to blend.
I’m not sure if it’s the collagen in it or what, but it’s super full coverage yet never dries out my skin. However, be warned that you will most definitely need to set this with powder to prevent creasing.
Under-Eye Area (Normal to Oily Skin)
This is such a great under eye concealer. It’s a liquid formula so it’s not as creamy or hydrating as the concealer above. However, it is not drying and delivers full coverage. There are also a decent amount of shades including green, purple and pink shades for color correcting. As a plus, it’s less prone to creasing than any cream concealer and even most liquid concealers.
For under-eye brightening: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy in Fair – $36
I LOVE this little nugget. I never know if I should even put it in as makeup since it seems more of a skin care item. However, since it does have a tint it’s my pick for best under-eye brightening. It’s a liquid salmon covered under eye cream that really corrects dark circles (i.e. this is a color correcting concealer). I like using it either before my regular concealer for extra brightening. Or, on it’s own on no make up days.
For highlighting: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – $5.29
This liquid concealer is great overall. But, the price makes it the best for highlighting. At $5, you can get 2-3 shades to use for highlighting or even contouring. It’s extremely pigmented, and most importantly blendable.
I have the shades Fair (15) and Sand (20) that I use on my nose, in between my brows and on my chin to highlight. I also often use the shade sand on my nose instead of using my regular foundation.
Of course this concealer had to win the best all purpose concealer category. I’ve used to highlight, spot conceal, correct under eye circles, as an eye shadow primer, etc. And it does all those SO well.
I wrote a full review of it here so I’ll keep this short. But, bottom line, it’s pigmented, blendable, full coverage, long lasting and does not crease. If you are only going to have one concealer this is probably the best.