I'll be going into detail about different concealer types, and all the different ways it can be used when applying makeup.
Uses for Concealer
To start we are going to be talking about what concealer was intended to do, which is to conceal. When you are using concealer to conceal or hide spots or blemishes (or hyperpigmentation) you want to go for a shade that matches your skin tone or the foundation that you are currently using. This will help hide the imperfections.
Concealer is also mainly used to cover up dark circles under the eyes. For this I also suggest using a color that is similar to the (skin tone or) foundation that you are using. This like the blemishes will help even the skin tone out.
Another thing that concealer is great for is to highlight and contour. When using a concealer to highlight, you are going to want to go for a concealer that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone. Brightening the skin under the eyes and down the center of the face will make them stand out, and give your face the shape that you want.
To contour with a concealer, you want to choose one that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone to use to create shadows on your face. This dark shade you are going to place under your cheek bones, along the jaw line, and around the hairline on the forehead. This will slim your face and also give your face some color and dimension.
Kinds of Concealers
There are a few different kinds of concealers on the market. There are the ones that are extremely full coverage, these concealers are usually thicker and the color is much stronger.
There are ones that are a medium coverage and these can be used lightly or you can even layer this a few times to get a fuller coverage. These are about the same consistency as liquid foundation, but the pigment is stronger than in foundation.
Then there is also a light or sheer coverage concealer. These are great to use when you don't have any other face makeup.
Just like with the foundation, concealers can be found anywhere from drugstore to Sephora and Ulta. The trick is really to just try different ones out until you get one that works for you.
In my personal opinion, I love drugstore concealers. My favorite of the moment is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I even made a blog post comparing that one with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.
Another one from the drugstore that is really good is the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealers.
If you want to use concealers for cream contouring I highly recommend trying out the LA Girl Pro Concealers. They have so many different colors, much more than anything I've seen at any drugstore or Sephora.
Concealer is definitely one of the best makeup products out there!
Check out my two previous posts in the Makeup Back To Basics Series:
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