What is Concealer that is Right for Your Skin Type?

What is concealer? Well, as is apparent from its name, a concealer truly serves its purpose by hiding all the imperfections on your skin. No doubt, it is often referred to as the ultimate miracle worker in the cosmetology parlance. It covers up the dark patches, uneven areas and scars on your skin – in particular on the face. It is something that you will find in every makeup artist’s kit. Though you can take up any concealer and apply it right away, the real success comes when you pick the right concealer type, right shade and the combination that is appropriate for your skin type. (Also read: How to find the right foundation?)

How Concealers work?

Since concealers are often used to cover up the visible dark areas, pigmentation or even under-eye circle, the makeup artists often advise choosing a shade lighter than your own complexion. Basically concealers work by lightening the marks on your face, without the product (i.e. the concealer) itself becoming too apparent.

You can either consult a professional makeup artist or take help of the shop assistant to determine the perfect shade for your skin tone. Some online stores might even have useful guidelines to help pick you one that matches your skin.

What is Concealer Type that Work for You?

The following are the general categories of concealers that are available in the market today:

Color Correctors: These are the ones that are available in different vibrant shades and meant to counter red patches on your skin. Though it may sound good, in reality you need to be careful about using them. You cannot afford to go wrong with these shades as overdoing them can really spoil your look for the day. Moreover, you may have to cover these concealers with the right foundation. Wearing these alone is not practical as they may leave colorful patches on your skin.

Cream Concealers: For people with dry skin, it is advisable to opt for a cream concealer than can be easily applied on your face with the help of a wand. However, you need to use the concealer in the right quantity as the excess often tends to settle in the areas below the eyes.

Pot or Stick Concealers: If you have a normal skin, then you can either choose between a pot concealor and a stick. These formulations tend to be comparatively drier than the cream concealers. They have a matte finish and you can apply it in a sparing manner.

Heavy Stick Concealer: If you are troubled with excessive pigmentation or freckles, then you can settle for a heavy stick concealer. These are opaque when compared to normal concealers and thus can effectively work when it comes to covering up dark spots.

The above variants are available in a wide variety of packaging including pencils, tubes, pots, sticks etc depending on whether they are liquid, semi-liquid, cream or solid form. You have to pick the one that is right for your skin based on the above guidelines and not the packaging or ease of application. However as a general rule, water resistant and fragrance free concealers would be the best while the primary objective would be to have the ones that are the lightest on your skin.

No matter whether you use any of these, do not forget to pat the concealer with your finger after you have applied it on your skin and…

…let the concealer magic work for you.

How to find the Right Foundation for your Skin Type?

Simply follow these tips to find the foundation that works best for your particular skin type. .

1. Recognize your skin type

Your skin is normal if your complexion is even, is neither too oily nor too dry, and is supple with few lines, creases and wrinkles.

Your skin is oily if your face shines all over, pores are large and/or open, suffers from blackheads and/or whiteheads and has minimal lines and wrinkles.

Your skin is combination if the T-zone (forehead and nose forming a T-shape) is oily, the cheeks is normal to dry, suffers from breakouts on chin, nose, cheeks or forehead and pores on the chin and cheeks are enlarged.

Your skin is dry if the pores are not visible, face looks and feels dry and tight, cheeks and/or chin are flaky and dry, and has lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.

2. Choosing the formulation

There are the following textures of foundation. Depending on your skin type, you need to choose your foundation.

  1. Cream Foundation is ideal for Normal, combination and dry skin. It gives heavy coverage. It covers and conceals discolorations and imperfections on the skin providing a flawless finish. Use a make up sponge or a foundation brush
  2. Liquid Foundation is ideal for all skin types. It gives a dewy, satin or matte depending finish and evens out the skin tone by smoothing out any unevenness by adding moisture to the skin. Use a make up sponge or a foundation brush
  3. Pressed powder foundation is ideal for oily skin. It gives a Matte finish and evens out the skin tone, hides imperfections and absorbs excess oil. Use a powder brush with denser bristles
  4. Tinted Moisturizer is ideal for normal and dry skin. It is especially well suited for those who need extra hydration and just a touch of color to pull everything together. It lightly evens out the skin tone, while giving a true “no make up” look. Use a foundation brush.

If you have acne prone skin, there are oil-free foundations available that also contain salicylic acid. These can help combat acne.

Pick the one that works best for you and walk off with a glowing skin and confidence! Remember, it all starts with the right foundation.