Concealers hide skin discolorations and blemishes. They lighten dark, shadowy areas and create a smooth, even skin tone when combined with your foundation. Find out how to choose and use the best concealer for your skin type and skin problem.
Before going into the details of how to choose and apply a concealer, let’s start by debunking a few persistent myths about concealers.
Choose a concealer that is tailored to your skin type and skin problem. Stick to the following guidelines:
Below is a list of the various types of concealers that are available, along with their properties:
Liquid concealers are available with a satin, radiant shimmer or matte finish. A matte finish will last longer than a satin finish. Satin may look more natural, however, especially on areas of drier skin. A radiant shimmer finish is the best option for under your eyes, as it will highlight them.
Available in matte and a more commonly-used satin finish. Both have long-lasting staying power and will not crack or bleed. After blending concealer with a satin finish, you need to apply a thin layer of powder to extend its staying power.
Available in a satin or cream finish, in a small pot or palette. For medium to full coverage. Offers better coverage than liquid concealer because of the thicker texture and opaque pigments.
Cream to powder concealer
Usually sold as a powder compact/concealer, which you apply with a sponge, for a powdery, matte finish.
Apply this concealer under your foundation to neutralise its unnatural colour. You can also combine it with a skin-coloured concealer with the same finish. When covered with a foundation, it will be hard to spot the colour-correcting concealer underneath.
Be careful when using this concealer as masking one skin problem may create another. Green concealer may mask reddish skin, but may result in a green sheen under your foundation. Practice for an impeccable result.
Choose your colour depending on what you want to conceal:
Regardless of the concealer you use, the application technique you will use is more or less the same. Here are the main things to remember: