Concealer is probably the most essential beauty product of all. It doesn’t matter how great your ensemble is, if you have an unsightly blemish or dark under-eye circles, everything can be thrown off, especially your confidence. As someone who has struggled with problematic skin, I have tried pretty much every concealer on the market which is why you can trust me when I tell you which ones really work!
Check out my top 5 product picks and some amazing expert tips after the jump!
1) BeingTRUE Protective Illuminating Concealer, $30. This tri-component concealer compact is ideal for banishing blemishes and dark circles. It contains two anti-agng concealing shades which can be blended and use on top of the micro illuminating neutralizer to mask discoloration and deflect light from flaws and fine lines keeping your skin radiant and youthful.
2) theBalm TimeBalm Concealer, $18 This portable pot of cream concealer goes on smooth and easily banishes under-eye circles and imperfections. It also comes with a compact little sponge for touch-ups on the go.
3) Philosophy the Supernatural Customizable Concealer Palette, $25
This concealer palette contains 3 shades which can be mixed to create a customized match. The cream-formulas easily penetrate to skin and provide full coverage for under eye circles, blemishes, discoloration, and minor flaws without looking heavy or greasy.
4) Wexler Airbrush Line Smoothing SuperConcealer, $11.99. Supermodel Heidi Klum perfects her red carpet look with this magic wand of a concealer which works to immediately banish visible lines, signs of fatigue and any skin imperfections. This formula is infused with a powerful combination of anti-aging ingredients so it not only will give you immediate results, it works to improve the appearance of imperfections over time!
5) Tarte The Eraser Concealer, $19. This concealer doesn’t merely hide problem areas, it contains skin invigorating ingredients that help treat and soothe irritated skin and blemishes as well.
– According to celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine (look out for his new makeup instructional DVD The Basics of Beauty coming out in June!) a cream concealer is ideal for more coverage, and a liquid concealer is best for creating a sheer, even finish. Sam also recommends using a loose powder to set the concealer so it lasts longer.
– For under-eye circles, Beauty.com makeup artist Tina Turnbow advises you should always use a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone (don’t use light concealer on blemishes though because this will make them stick out more).
– When it comes to application, it is always best to tap the product on- either with your finger or a firm, pointed brush- rather than smearing it in.