CAMOUFLAGE: TOP 6 CONCEALERS FOR EVERY ISSUE
Girl, we ALL have issues. I’m not talking about having an unhealthy obsession about wire hangers. Dark circles, redness, blemishes, spots…all the lovely and complexion marring issues that we all have. Concealer can easily get rid of most issues – but only if you pick the right formulation.
APPLICATION TIPS: With all types of concealer – you want to use the tiniest amounts possible to avoid looking like you are trying to cover something up. If you have very dark circles or spots, you will NOT be able to cover them completely without making them look worse – so go easy.
Warm up heavier concealers with your fingertips to make them easier to blend. A brush is handy if you need to cover up a tiny spot or blemish. Gently pat with fingertip until all edges are gone.
CONCEALER MONSTER PICKS:
Dark Circles & Spots: Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer ($28, lauramercier.com). Formulated to cover dark circles, the warm tones of this highly pigmented cream concealer also doubles as a coverup for dark spots. Using a peach/bisque colored corrector is also a great way to buff them into the background. Bobbi Brown and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector ($29, ulta.com)
Blemishes: Cover FX Blemish Treatment Concealer ($25, sephora.com). 1% salicylic acid treats pimples and 30% pigment load covers them up without effort.
Dark Spots: Bobbi Brown Corrective Spot Treatment SPF 25 ($38, neimanmarcus.com). I think this is being discontinued because it isn’t available at the Bobbi website. Unfortunate, because this is one of the few concealers that effectively covers my dark spot on my cheek. It has a thick creamy texture that dries down to a impenetrable matte finish. The SPF helps keeps spots from getting worse.
Dullness & Shadows: Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen ($39, sephora.com) essentially eliminates signs of dehydration, shadows and tired skin. I use Bright Idea under my eyes in a V shape after covering the darkest areas with the Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer. Nobody knows I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in years. It also works nicely around the lip area without getting cakey.
Redness & All Over: Cle de Peau Concealer ($70, cledepeaubeauty.com) has the ideal texture – pigmented without being heavy – giving this cult-status stick the ability to cover anything. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place High Cover Concealer SPF 35 ($24, esteelauder.com) offers long wear and impressive coverage in a portable compact. My new favorite, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme ($32, ulta.com) eliminates redness without having to use anything else on top.