Today I will talk about a much used product in our makeup routines (well makeup is incomplete without it until and unless you have flawless skin), yes it’s a concealer!! No doubt everyone wants a flawless and even skin, and nothing beats the results when we use a perfect match concealer. But here in India, as usual most of the drugstore brands don’t have a variety of shades to cater too, only brands like mac, inglot, kryolan, ben nye (it has a concealer wheel with a few correctors) have enough variety that atleast 80% of women can still get a match for them. But anyways, let’s first know about concealers.
Concealers are the concentrates (thick/runny/creamy) which are heavily pigmented and are supposed to give a uniform coverage on specific areas. These areas are dark circles, blemishes, redness, uneven patchy skin, blue/green veins. Therefore, there are a lot of different types of them to cater to different needs and different skin tones. A few of them are color correctors, for e.g if you have redness due to acne, pimple, rosacea then you can use a green color corrector (it can also be a green colored primer, for e.g NYX studio perfect primer, which is available online). Similarly if you have extremely pale and dull skin (most of us are pale) then a purple color corrector can help you out (nyx has 3 primers, clear/green/lavender).
- Green: To correct redness.
- Lavender/purple: To correct yellowness and dullness.
- Yellow: To correct dark circles, bruises or even blemishes.
- Peach: To correct any dark veins, spots and even sometimes dark circles.
- Dark shades: To do soft contouring.
- White/Light shades: To illuminate face areas, such as highlighting nose bridge or temples of cheeks.
So now let’s concentrate on the type of concealers we have, and what is the perfect match for your skin type
Cream concealers (for dry skin)
The one we get in those generic palettes (for e.g coastal scents, buyincoin palettes or the palettes from the ebay) are cream based concealers. Cream based concealers are best suited to dry skin, and girls who have oily skin should stay away from these. Infact the generic palettes have a few color correctors in them too, so they’re not bad at all, one should only know how to use these. They provide a good coverage and working with’em is really easy as they glide effortlessly. The problem with cream based concealers is that they tend to crease with time and tend to look cakey, and to top it if you have oily skin it will worsen up more. Anyways the outcome and longevity of the product depends on how best a product works according to the different environment, and what all other products you’re incorporating along it.
The best cream concealers available are MAC Studio finish concealer, MAC studio sculpt concealer, Inglot AMC Cream concealer, Kryolan Concealers, nyx jar concealer (shades might not cater to all skin tones).
Also check out Inglot AMC Cream Concealer Review & Swatches
Liquid Concealers (oily/combination)
Now the liquid concealers, are the bets concealers for oily or combination skin. They’re water based, and go on lightly on skin without being too heavy. They usually come in a lip-gloss kind packaging, or even tubes at times and applying them is not troublesome as the packaging is more practical. For some it might be a little light concealer to work with, but you always have colored primer to ensure best results They don’t crease much, and moisturizes the skin well, so you can skip a moisturizer.
The best liquid concealers you can try are MAC Select Moisture Cover, MAC Select Cover up, MAC prolong concealers, MAC mineralize concealers, Loreal true match concealer, Bourjois Healthy mix concealer etc.
Stick/Pencil Concealers (For spot correcting)
These concealers are handy and a better option if compared to cream pot concealers, as the formula is fairly same, i.e creamy and solidified which tends to melt when blended. These also tend to crease with time, and can get cakey and patchy.
Some of the best know stick/pencil concealers are Revlon photoready concealers, colorbar instant cover up stick concealer, lakme absolute white intense concealer stick, Nyx concealer sticks.
The mineral based powder concealers are fairly a new deal. They’re lightweight and give a very light coverage in terms of “concealing” flaws. It is good for if you have minimal concealing requirements and if you want to maintain a natural look. But then they won’t do much concealing because our target areas are redness, dark circles and blemishes, which these can hardly cover.
Make sure to set the concealer with a translucent powder, so that the color remains intact and true. Using a colored powder can moreover change your appearance.
So hope you liked this post about the concealers, and do share in your knowledge regarding them.
Also suggest which concealer worked best for you according to your skin type.
Have a good time girls!!
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