Base Series – The Concealer

Base series – The concealer

In my opinion, concealers can be underrated. When most people think of concealer, they automatically think coverage for dark circles or spots, blemishes, and acne, which is one of the main purposes of a concealer, of course.

When I worked in retail, the majority of clients would come in looking for one concealer for everything, but realistically, to get the best out of your concealer, you need to factor in the purpose.

Below, I’ve listed types of concealers for different skin concerns as well as some hacks to get the most out of your product.

If you use concealers correctly, you will use less and have an overall more flawless and beautiful skin base.

Dark circles

Depending on the intensity of the darkness under your eye and the tone, choosing the right colour and consistency is key here.

If redness, opt for a concealer with yellow/green undertones to cancel out the redness and brighten the eye, depending on the intensity of the redness, colour correcting might be needed first with a more concentrated shade of yellow and green, followed by a lighter concealer to brighten the eye.

For dark circles, the best undertones to go for are peach/apricot, following the same steps just with different colours. For intense discoloration around the eyes, you may need a pure orange to cancel out the blue/dark times under the eye and blending is key here!

As the skin under the eye is delicate, I suggest something with buildable coverage and an appropriate eye cream for your skin type.

To summarise, 2 concealers (one to be a corrector) are ideal for the majority of under eye concealing.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Multi-Use Concealer, Sand, 0.2 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer – Light

 

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Concealer Color Correcting Palette

 

Spots, acne

Depending on the severity of the spots or acne, a good full coverage concealer palette or very high coverage products is what needs to be considered.

Contrary to what most people think, apply concealer after your foundation will serve you better, in this case.

Foundation, already even and covers to a certain extent, which then lets you assess how much concealer you actually need.

Again, building and blending out carefully is what’s needed to completely conceal spots and acne.

Applying a yellow-based primer will also help with reducing redness.

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Stick, Creamy Medium Coverage Color Correcting Face Makeup, Light (002), 0.16 oz
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Stick, Creamy Medium Coverage Color Correcting Face Makeup, Light (002), 0.16 oz
Dermablend I0103432 Professional Quick-Fix Concealer
Dermablend I0103432 Professional Quick-Fix Concealer

 

Scars

Scars can be very tricky to conceal as they are textured, some are risen and some are deep. For a deep scar, opting for something that’s silicone-based will help to fill out and smooth and with a risen scar, it’s best to just conceal as normal as piling on concealer will emphasize more.

Dermaflage Scar Filler
Dermaflage Scar Filler

 

Pigmentation

I’m not talking about freckles here, but more patchy pigmentation on the face.

A good foundation will help a lot here as well as a peachy based concealer.

Hacks

Contouring

Using different shades of concealer, again a pallette is ideal, you have lots of different shades at the ready to highlight and shade the face

Sculpting

You can use concealer to create precision

By outlining brows, lips after lip liner, and wings of eyeliner.

Cleanups

Great for tidying up a smokey eye, tidying up a muddy contour.

Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush
Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush

 

LORAC PRO CONCEAL/CONTOUR PALETTE AND BRUSH
LORAC PRO CONCEAL/CONTOUR PALETTE AND BRUSH

TOP TIP!

In all cases, setting your concealer is the trick to keeping it in place and I find loose powders such as Laura Mercier translucent

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, from the Flawless Face Collection
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, from the Flawless Face Collection

THE BEST! especially under the eye x

Kim Kiernan
Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.



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