Concealer can be quite a nifty little product when you know how to wield its full potential. Every woman should have her own arsenal of concealing essentials—the right formulas, tricks and techniques can very effectively disguise dark under-eye circles and blemishes. This multi-step process is very simple once you understand the fundamentals of camouflaging and color-correcting. You’ll be on your way to creating a flawless complexion in no time!
COLOR-CORRECTION: Underlying the fundamentals of concealing is a concept we all learned in art class many moons ago! Using the opposite shade on the color wheel to disguise problem areas can really polish up your complexion. For fair complexions, use a pink-toned creamy concealer to counteract purple or blue undertones. Olive and darker skin tones respond more favorably to a peachy shade. (Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette, $38)
Mask redness caused by blemishes or broken capillaries with a green-toned concealer. Two-in-one palettes that hold various color-correcting products are great space-savers, but don’t also be afraid to mix and match separate products to ensure you’re using the right shades for your skin tone. (Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $34 / Physicians Formula Correcting Concealer, $7.16)
Creamy formulas offer more pigment to intensely cover what you want hidden. They also tend to be more hydrating, so they’re a great option for dryer, more mature skin types. These typically come in a tube or a pot. (Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, $24)
Liquid formulas tend to be sheerer in nature, but they also allow for buildable coverage—so applying a few layers often yields a result similar to that of the creamy varieties. They usually come in a tube, accompanied by a sponge-tip applicator wand. To avoid contamination, apply the product to the back of your hand rather than using the wand directly on your face. (Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $6.99)
Brightening concealers usually come in the form of a pen, with a brush tip that can be used on the skin as a highlighter (hello, luminous glow!) or as a way to reflect light and diffuse difficult dark circles. (L’Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter, $12.99 / Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Concealer, $38)
Rather than covering the entire under-eye area, pat a color corrector on the darkest zones only. Allow corrector to set for a minute, then go in with your complexion-matched concealer shade. This second product can be applied over the entire under-eye area as needed, in an inverted triangle shape. Blend well, finishing with a brightening product as needed.
To combat redness, tap the color corrector onto blemishes, the corners of the nose, the sides of the mouth—wherever you want to remove redness. After allowing it to set for a minute or so, apply the skin-toned shade, blending as needed.
By Erin Sousa of The Sparkle