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.