A concealer works hand in hand with your foundation to give you the appearance of an even skin tone. To achieve that flawless look, you need to have the right concealer formula and apply it correctly. Before you head to the store, here is a cheat sheet that you can use to determine the type of formula that’s suitable for you, based on skin type, the coverage that you desire, and skin issues.
Liquid concealers can be used on different areas and types of skin such as normal, oily,sensitive, combination, and blemish-prone skin. They provide coverage ranging from light to full. Liquid concealers can be used on dark circles, blemishes and even discolorations.Another aspect of liquid concealers that I love is that it doesn’t cake up easily, and since it forms a thin layer on the skin, it stays on wrinkles for longer without creasing. Liquid concealers come in radiant shimmer, matte and satin finishes.
These concealers are thick, creamy, and waxy just like lipstick, and are best for normal, dry,or sensitive skin. They provide coverage that can be built on from medium to heavy, based on your requirement. They are richly pigmented and come in satin and matte finishes. You could opt for a stick concealer if you have blemishes that require serious covering up or if you have dark circles that are almost impossible to hide using any other kind of concealer.Stick concealers work best in areas around the eyes, nose, and mouth, but are a definite no-no for acne-prone skin.
As the name goes, cream concealers are creamy, but not as thick as stick concealers. They are suitable for normal, dry, or combination skin. They provide medium to full coverage which can be built on. They can be used under the eyes and also to cover skin pigmentation like melasma or port wine stains. The ingredients of the concealer make them waxy, and hence are not a good choice for skin that is prone to breakouts.
The cream-to-powder concealer is easy to use and is most suitable for combination, normal,or sensitive skin. This kind of concealer gives the skin good coverage, and can be built up on from light to medium. These concealers are to be avoided on mature skin as they provide a powdery finish and set into wrinkles and fine lines, making them look conspicuous. Cream-to-powder concealers should be avoided on dry skin and on blemishes that are dry and flaky.
Color-correcting concealers are used to cover skin color issues such as extreme redness,bluish under-eye circles, or sallowness, which cannot be corrected by foundation and otherconcealers. The coverage is buildable, ranging from sheer to full. These concealers are mostly available in stick or cream form. While using a color-correcting concealer, make sure you are not solving one problem and adding to another. Color-correcting concealers tend to tint your skin with the color that they impart. The best thing to do is to apply the concealer first and blend it with your foundation, or use a flesh-tone concealer that comes with the same finish to blend out the extra color.
If you have seen Kim Kardashian,she mastered the art of contouring and highlighting.Both of them add a sculpted dimension to the face and make is appear chiselled and more defined.Light shade concealers i.e at least 2 shades lighter than your original skin tone is used to highlight area underneath the eyes,bridge of the nose, forehead,chin, cupid bow etc. These type of concealers usually come on pen-type concealers, liquid concealers, powder concealers.
Now that you are clear on how to make your choice, let’s take a look at a few tips to apply your concealer. Always remove old makeup like eyeliner and mascara before using a concealer. Never rub the concealer into your skin,always pat or dab it, especially around the eyes. If you have acne, you might want to use a pencil concealer to make application easier around the acne spots. The most important thing to remember is that the more concealer you apply, the more apparent it becomes in the course of the day. So, less is actually more!