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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
You can use concealer to create precision
By outlining brows, lips after lip liner, and wings of eyeliner.
Great for tidying up a smokey eye, tidying up a muddy contour.
In all cases, setting your concealer is the trick to keeping it in place and I find loose powders such as Laura Mercier translucent