How to find the best concealer to hide your blemishes
Covering up blemishes the right way is an art. It can be a fine line between covering up a blip and making it more noticeable because you haven’t used the right products. Once you find the right concealer, you’ll be covering up like a pro, whether it’s hiding acne or masking under eye circles, you’ll be left thinking – what blemishes?
Match your skin tone The golden rule with concealer is to match it to your skin tone and your foundation. A concealer should effortlessly blend into the face and be impossible to spot underneath the foundation. The rule here is to be guided by your foundation tones – something golden for tanned skin and something peachy for ivory skin. Any good concealer brand will have the same wide range of skin tone colour options as a foundation, so get matching.
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Consider consistencyConsider this: what type of coverage is actually required? It’s definitely not a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to concealers. If you’re just covering up slight discolouration, you don’t need a heavy formula with extreme coverage. Something light, creamy, and blendable will do. Likewise, if you’re covering up acne scars, you’ll want something comprehensive with tack. Remember, you definitely don’t want your concealer to highlight other issues with your complexion, like dry or oily skin, so make sure you find a product with the right consistency for the job.
Factor in the type of blemish Matching the right product to the right blemish is key. For instance, if you’re dealing with a whitehead pimple, you’ll want to opt for something in a pot, similar to putty. A red, angry pimple calls for a yellow-toned concealer to take out the red tones. For oily pimples, an oil-free formula is a must, while dry and flaky spots call for something with a zap of hydration. Plus, consider whether you need a concealer product specifically to do the job. Blackheads can be subtly hidden by simply layering and building your normal foundation, while discolouration or acne scars can be covered by switching to a full coverage foundation.
Disguising dark circles under the eye calls for a more traditional stick concealer. This can be mixed with an illuminator to further brighten the eyes. When it comes to super dark circles under the eyes, a colour correcting concealer can help.
It might sound like hard work, but once you settle on the perfect concealer to keep in your beauty kit, blemishes will be a thing of the past.