How to: Concealers

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Concealers can be scary and intimidating if you don’t know much about them, or are new to makeup – cream or liquid? shade? do you apply it over or under foundation? fingers or brush? how is concealer different from a corrector? aaaagghhh.

Take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea, and read on for my version of a crash course on concealers…

Typically, concealers are used to hide any imperfections on your skin, and even out/brighten your complexion. Here are the things I would consider when picking and using a concealer

Your skin type
If you have oily skin, or large pores, you should avoid creamy textures as they tend to make skin look more shiny and could also clog pores. You may want to use something that tends to set as matte, such as the MAC Select Cover Up, or Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. Personally, I find these too heavy and makeup-y (?!).
For a dry skin, you would pick the opposite – something more liquid-y and creamy, like the Clarins Instant Concealer.
I have normal/combination skin, and I really like Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. The texture is very light, but it gives pretty decent coverage (see below) with a bit of a glow.

Your skin concern
Let me start by saying you might not even need concealer; your foundation or BB cream could do a good enough job covering any problems you may have. However, if it’s spots and pimples you are looking to cover, you would want to pick a heavy coverage concealer and spot conceal with it. Watch the Lisa Eldridge video below (Read: I am too lazy to explain). I think the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer does a great job at this. The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is also a cult favourite. However, these concealers are quite thick, and I find them too heavy for the under-eye area, and they crease and make your lines (if any) look more visible.

To cover dark circles and brighten the under-eye area, I would recommend using a corrector (Eg: Bobbi Brown cream or liquid or Tarte Colored Clay) first. Over this, apply a brightening liquid concealer like the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher. Also, don’t go too close to the eyes, otherwise they will end up looking puffy.

The kind of foundation you are wearing
Let’s keep this simple. If you are wearing a powder foundation, apply your creamy concealer BEFORE foundation, to avoid streaky lines. If you are wearing a liquid/cream/gel foundation, you can apply the concealer under or over foundation. Heck, apply it under AND over if you feel like it.
Just a piece of friendly advice though – less is more with concealer (and many other things in life).  Apply it to specific areas, and avoid applying it too heavily to the same areas that have foundation underneath, because this will add ‘texture’ to the skin and make it look very heavy and made-up.

Your budget
Depending on how much cash you want to splurge, and what value you place on a concealer, you could pick great products from Chanel, Dior, Cle de Peau, and so on. However, there are many great budget options available as well, and some that lie in between the two. From the drugstore, Maybelline, Bourjois, L’oreal and Collection have a great range. I find that they are not as long lasting as the high-end ones, but they are very very good.

My top picks are concealers that are good all-rounders, such as the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (I use Light-Medium Neutral. I know. They couldn’t have made the shade names more confusing). I LOVE the Dior Star concealer as well, but I feel like it emphasizes my pores around the nose (dang!).

Here’s a demo. I blend it out with my fingers, but you could use a brush. No filters here, and natural light.

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1. Bare face 2. Dior BB cream only 3. How I stripe on the concealer 4. Finished look

On my list to try next is the Estee Lauder Double Wear and perhaps the Charlotte Tilbury Miracle Eye Wand.

Let me know if you are interested in individual reviews on any of the above concealers. x

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Bonus:
– Watch Lisa Eldridge, Queen of Spot-Concealing doing her magic here. Non-youtube link here
– Best Concealer Hacks by Marie Claire

14 comments

  1. your skin is flawless even without any coverage! 🙂 hey just curious to know,why did the Mac prolong wear concealer not make it to ur list? If u haven’t tried it already I highly recommend that u do because that formula stays PUT under ur eyes the entire day long & ideal for oily combo skin in my opinion!! Let me know ur thoughts

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    • I just haven’t got around to purchasing the pro longwear but I have heard great things about it so will definitely be trying it. I get a bit put-off by MAC here in Dubai. The staff has been very unhelpful and judgmental almost 😉

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  2. NARS definitely has great concealers! I used to be a die hard MAC fan but you’re right, the staff in Dubai is not helpful. I started using Sephora’s concealers about a month ago and I’m really happy with the results – you should try them!

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    • Hi Madiha. Depends on what kind of look you want to achieve. For combination skin, I would recommend that you go for something that is demi-matt.. That would be a matt foundation, but something that leaves a glowy finish. If you want something budget friendly, I would say you could look into Bourjois Healthy Mix or Loreal True Match. For something more high-end, you can look at Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, or NARS Sheer Glow..

      You can also go for a matt foundation like Loreal Infallible Matt and then add back the glow with a liquid or cream highlighter, or mix in a radiance primer. Hope this helps!

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      • Thnx alot. I have one more querry. I have very stubbirn dark circles how cn i fix them? As they just show up badly with the makeup..
        Also suggest some good concealrs fr combination skin.

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      • I would suggest that you use a corrector first, and then use a concealer on top. There are many good correctors in the market, including Bobbi Brown, Make up Forever, Pixim and even Tarte.

        Concealers for combination skin > Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer, Urban Decay Naked Weightless Concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

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      • Thnx alot. I have one more querry. I have very stubburn dark circles how cn i fix them? As they just show up badly with the makeup..
        Also suggest some good concealrs fr combination skin.

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