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Choosing the Right Concealer

Most makeup artist will tell you that a good concealer can fix many problems. Unfortunately, one single shade will not hide every problem on your face. The good news is there is such a wide variety of shades and consistencies available that finding the right two or three for you shouldn’t be a problem.

Why more than one?

Your skin has more than one shade to it. Throughout the year, it naturally changes shades due to the amount of exposure it has to the elements and the sun. In addition, depending on the problem or problem area, a lighter shade proves more beneficial for lifting or highlighting an area. Darker shades are good for making other areas seem to visibly fade away.

What is concealer?

Concealer is a makeup product similar to foundation that is applied before your foundation layer. Normally, it is slightly thicker in consistency and coverage than foundation. This is to help hide the appearance of redness, scars, etc. There is a large variety of types available to suit your personal preferences, including crèmes, pencils, sticks, and tubes.

Which is better?

All concealers are great at hiding problems. The consistency and application method is usually the deciding factor.

Crèmes are great for large areas. Due to their rich, moisture laden formula, they spread quickly and easily. They are usually found in large tubes or jars. Crèmes can be applied with a sponge or makeup brush and blended in with the foundation easily. If a spot is noticed after the foundation is applied, a crème concealer can be dabbed on to add additional coverage.

Pencils are drier than crèmes. If you look, you can find creamy pencils similar to those used for eye shadow.  Pencils are designed for small problem spots like blemishes or for highlighting specific problem areas. Their benefit is their precise application, which is usually pretty spot on.

Sticks are good for smaller areas, although they are very similar to foundation sticks. They are very dry compared to their counterparts and can feel heavy upon the skin. Although they are designed to rub straight upon the skin, application with a small makeup brush will solve any precision problems or blending troubles.

Tubes are usually much creamier than pencils or sticks. They aren’t usually designed for precision application. Instead, they are useful for giving you only the precise amount of product you need. This keeps you from having excess product you need to wipe off. A small makeup brush will make application and blending easy, although a sponge can be used for application.


Not every person has the same undertones to their skin. The biggest problem most people have is finding a makeup and concealer that works with the undertones of their skin.  Start by looking at the skin on the underside of your forearm. Check to see what hues you see. Just like with normal makeup, some people have blue hues, pink hues, peach hues, yellow hues, and orange hues. By figuring out which you have, you will be able to select makeup colors that compliment and work with your coloring.

Most light complexions need a light peach or light pink concealer depending on the amount of pink or blue tones. If your heritage is Latin American or hispanic, you may need look for a golden peach, unless you have more olive or yellowish hues to your skin. Deeply tanned, Eastern Indian, and African-American ladies, usually you’ll need a concealer with a touch of peach or orange.

Specific Problem Areas

Eye area dark circles can be conquered with a concealer with peachy undertones. This reduces the blue from under  eyes veins.
Puffy eyes can be reduced with a concealer with luminosity  and light reflective qualities.

Blemishes disappear with a slightly darker or same toned concealer. The darker tone makes it look shadowed. The same tone blends it smoothly.

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