What would I do without concealers! Seriously, if I had choose one thing to put on my face before leaving the house, it would be concealer! Just by dabbing these little suckers around the eyes, it can brighten up the whole face and it can also make you look awake! You do not want to look like you got socked in the face! lol.... also it can cover up your blemish, scar, or any other imperfections you'd want to hide. So being that this is one of my favorite makeup product, I thought I share some thoughts on different concealers and my favorite ones!
First of all, there are many types of concealers out there. It can come in all forms- powder, liquid, creamy, on a stick, compacted, etc... And they all have different purpose. Also you should pick out what works for you. I'm not saying, because it worked for me, it'll work for you.
I guess it'd depend on what type of skin you have and what type of foundation/ base you use, but in general:
Eyes: You want something 1. brightening, 2. creamy/liquidy, and 3. moisturizing concealer.
1. Brightening, obviously to brighten up your dark circles.
2. Creamy, so it's easy to spread underneath your eyes. Dry formula can tug on your fragile skin underneath your eyes and create more wrinkles!
3. Moisturizing, since the skin is thin and get wrinkly if you put on a dry product. Also all those hours of wearing makeup can dry out the skin underneath your eyes. Which also means ugly cracked skin. Which is not pretty! And typically moisturizing concealer will reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
I have two favorite under eye concealers that I absolutely love! I have been using them for years and years. And if I buy the same product more than twice, it's definitely a good sign.
First one is Clinique Airbrush Concealer. It's $19.50 for 1.5 ml of product. Which doesn't seem like a lot, but you only have to use very little. Sometimes I use this as a highligher as well because of the light diffusing factor. This unfortunately only comes in 3 colors. Fair, neutral, and medium. I like to use one shade brighter than my skin. I use neutral or fair. Both work for me.
This is really light, liquidy creamy concealer and with great coverage. Very easy to blend. So easy to carry around too since it has a brush tip. I dot three or four dots near the sockets (under the eye) and take the ring finger and lightly blend and dot it.
My other favorite under eye concealer is Benefit's Erase Paste. This one comes in a pot of 0.15oz for $26. I swear to you this will last FOREVER!!!!! And it does what it says. It seriously erases your imperfections like you never had it. This one is more creamy and not really liquidy like the clinique one. When I want more coverage then I choose Erase Paste over Airbrush Concealer. This also can be used on the face too, but I try to stay away from creamy for the face if I want the coverage to last for a long time. Creamy liquidy tend to shift around the face.
This one definitely has full coverage. This one also comes in three shades. Fair, Medium, and Deep. I use Fair. This comes with a little mini spatula to scoop out the product, but I just use my concealer brush to scoop it out and lightly pat it on. This product, you have to use even less than the Clinique one. Try not to use too much or your eyes can look cakey! Which can make you look more wrinkly!
And Please Please Please becareful not to choose a shade too light. You don't want to look like these unfortunate celebrities.... This is a big big NO NO!!!!
Ask someone at the counter to help you pick a shade. :)
Now on to the face concealer. As I mentioned earlier, you want something that will last... I've used MAC and Bobbi Brown ones, which tend to be on the dryer side in my opinion. They did the job, but I didn't really love them. So I used to use the Benefit's Erase Paste on the face too. But I felt like I needed to go back to something more solid for the face. Now I'm using Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage in SC-02. This one seriously has a lot of product and seems to be never disappearing for only $28!!! It comes in this cute compact with mirror and two shades, which is kinda like buying two shades. One to brighten and correct your dark spots and one to mix or put over. Luckily, this one has big range of color choices. Anywhere from SC-1 which is very fair to SC-8 which is very deep. This is supposed to be medium coverage, but I think it has full coverage. It covers up my scars and hyper pigmentation really well and staying put all day long (don't forget to pat on powder!). Also I wear Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray for longer wear. (which I looove btw). I use the concealer brush or a small eyeliner brush to pick up the product and gently place where I need to cover. And gently using my finger pat once or twice.