Concealer is one of the most powerful products in your makeup arsenal. With the right formula, you can cover just about anything you’d like to hide, from dark under-eye circles to acne to birthmarks. We can’t wait to share our favorite concealers with you, but first, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about concealer.
Which should I apply first, concealer or foundation?
When using a liquid cream foundation, apply your foundation first, and then, layer concealer over it. This technique provides the coverage you need without overapplying product. However, there is one exception: if you use a powder foundation, it’s best to apply your concealer first for the smoothest finish.
How do I pick the right color of concealer?
The answer to this question depends on where you plan to use your concealer. If you want to conceal under-eye circles, choose a concealer shade that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. If you plan to use your concealer elsewhere on your face or body to camouflage blemishes or scarring, you’ll want to pick a shade that matches your skin tone exactly.
How can I make my concealer less noticeable?
Choosing the right color of concealer and applying it in the correct order with your foundation will help you achieve the most natural look. Next, gently and sufficiently blend your concealer using a concealer brush or professional makeup sponge, which creates a more natural finish than using just your fingers.
Why does my concealer crease or look cakey?
There are a few different factors that make concealers look noticeably cakey or creased. One is overapplying concealer, as excess product can clump up over time and look unnatural. Another reason is dehydration or dry skin, so make sure eye cream is a regular part of your skin care routine.
The Best Concealer for Dark Circles
This cream concealer is just what you need to camouflage dark circles under your eyes. The formula is transfer-resistant and entirely waterproof, so you can apply it once and feel confident it will last all day. It comes in sixteen shades, so you can find the right match for your skin tone.
The Best Concealer for Summer Sun Damage
Are you ending the summer with a few more dark spots due to too much fun in the sun? This mineral-based concealer does a brilliant job hiding hyperpigmentation. It also contains moringa seed oil, which provides antioxidant benefits—a great bonus! Choose from two shades: one for light-to-medium skin tones and a second for medium-to-dark skin tones.
The Best Concealer for Redness
If your complexion is fair to medium in tone, and you’re looking to reduce redness, you’ve met your match with this concealer. With a pen-style applicator that’s easy to use at home or on the go, it offers sheer coverage with a lightweight feel and dewy finish. With three shades to choose from, it’s suitable for those with light- or medium-toned skin.
The Best Concealer for Acne
Do you ever feel like trying to cover your acne with concealer actually makes it look worse in the long run? Not this one. It’s part of an innovative beauty and skin care line harnessing the power of bee propolis, a compound created by bees that’s both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. That means when you apply this concealer to acne, it helps swelling and keeps bacteria at bay. It comes in two shades: deep and light-to-medium.
The Best Crease-Free Concealer
If you’ve had issues with your concealer creasing in the past, it’s time to give this powder formula a try. The lightweight texture keeps it from settling into fine lines, which can lead to a cakey look as the day goes on. It’s buildable, so you can layer it onto your skin until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Choose from four different shades, all with SPF 20 for extra sun protection.
The Best Anti-Aging Concealer
This two-sided product does double duty! One end features a moisture stick packed with anti-aging ingredients (vitamin E, shea butter, argan oil and more) to apply around the eyes and mouth where it plumps and softens fine lines. Next, use the highly pigmented concealer (available in four shades) on the other end to cover redness, hyperpigmentation or blemishes.
The Best Concealer for Scars
Facial scars—whether from acne, injury or otherwise—can be tricky to cover without the right concealer formula. Thanks to its high-performance pigments, this concealer stick provides full coverage for all kinds of discoloration, including scarring. With thirteen shades to choose from, it’ll be easy to find your match.
For Flawless Coverage
Are you looking for a skin-friendly foundation to complement the concealers featured here? Check out Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation and its breathable formula made with soothing aloe that makes it perfect for all skin types, especially those on the sensitive side.
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