I hope you found Part 1 of this series on Face Primers useful! In part 2, I’m talking about concealers (mainly under-eye ones).
I think concealers are one of the most underrated products in the beauty arena! Everyone talks about getting the perfect nude lipstick, the right foundation and the best mascara but concealers are a much ignored product! A good concealer can make a WORLD of difference in one’s looks and I’ve seen many women transformed just with this one product!
Today I’m going to be talking about :
- Different types of concealer
- How to choose the best concealer for yourself
- Concealers available in the Indian market
- How to apply liquid and stick form concealers(to be covered in the following post)
Concealers are meant mainly for the heavily pigmented areas that need more coverage than foundation offers. Most women have pigmented under eyes and some ethnicities have pigmentation around the nose and mouth as well. This post mainly contains information about under-eye concealers. There are 4 things to good concealing of the under eye area :
- Finding the right shade
- Choosing the right texture for your skin type
- Recognizing the degree of coverage you need
- Using the right application technique
1) Different Types of Concealers
There are basically 2 types of concealers : ones that offer good concealing by giving opaque coverage and the other less common type that are sheerer in coverage but contain fine light reflecting particles that add illumination to shadowy areas. While the former variety is more easily available, the second variety is mostly found in most high end brands like Chanel, Clinique, Lancome, YSL and among mid-range brands, in Inglot. I have not tried the illuminating concealer yet (its meant for those with less pigmentation) so I will be mainly talking about the more commonly found concealers – the ones that conceal by offering good coverage.
Concealer comes in different forms – liquid, cream and stick :
1.1) Liquid concealers generally come in a tube form with either a doe-foot applicator or a thin nozzle for dispensing product. Sometimes concealers also come in a click-pen packaging with a brush at one end to apply the product. Liquid concealers are best for women with dry under eye area. These generally offer medium to full coverage, are easier to blend than the others and can give very good results provided they are applied properly. Examples of liquid concealers are MAC Select Moisture Cover, MAC Select Cover up, MAC Pro long wear, L’oreal True Match concealer and so on.
1.2) Cream concealers come in a pan, jar or compact form and have a thicker and drier consistency than liquid concealers. Cream concealers generally give good coverage but can sometimes be a little difficult to blend if you have dry patches underneath the eyes. Blending well is really important otherwise it can result in a cakey finish. Some brands offer these in the form of palettes with different shades. Such palettes make very useful additions to makeup artists’ kits as different shades can be mixed together to get the perfect concealer shade for different people. Ben Nye and Kryolan concealer palettes are available in India. Examples of cream concealers available in include Inglot Cream concealer, MAC Studio finish concealer, MAC Studio Sculpt concealer, Colorbar pot concealer etc.
1.3) Stick concealers are generally packaged in form of a thick pencil or in a twist up lipstick-like form. These are available with many mid-range and budget brands in India like Revlon, L’Oreal Paris, Avon and Colorbar. They have the driest texture among all the different types but are very convenient to use and are better for spot concealing on the face or for people with oily under eye area. They are the most difficult to blend in the eye area but if done right, can give good results as well!
Correctors : Correctors are pink/orange tinged special concealers that are basically used to correct heavy pigmentation where regular concealers fail to work. People with very heavy under eye pigmentation have generally green tinged or purple tinged under eye bags. A corrector is highly pigmented and the pink/orange tones of the corrector cancel out the green/purple tinge of the pigmentation. As far as I know, only MAC orange corrector is available in India[please correct me if I’m wrong]. I’ve found a very useful tip in Bobbi Brown’s book ‘Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual‘ where she suggests that to correct green/purple under eye bags, one can use a pink/peach cream blush if one does not have access to a corrector! I don’t have heavy pigmentation so I cannot test this myself but my mum who has heavier pigmentation tried it out with her cream blusher with fantastic results! If you’re trying this out, make sure to apply the product very very sparingly and only in the region of the darkest pigmentation. Once the blush is blended, follow up with your regular concealer. If you’re cool toned, use a pink blush and if you’re warm toned, opt for a warmer peach blush.
2) How to choose the best concealer for yourself
There are mainly 2 factors that you need to consider while purchasing a concealer –
- How much coverage do you need?
- What is your skin type?
If you are oily skinned with an oily/sweaty under eye area, its best to for a thicker formula like cream concealer or stick form. Some liquid concealers like MAC Pro longwear also work well with this skin type.
If you have a dry under eye area, go for a liquid concealer.
If you have severe pigmentation and need heavy coverage, go for a cream concealer + corrector.
If you have just a little pigmentation, go for an illuminating concealer.
3) Concealers available in the Indian market
There are quite a few concealers available in the Indian market but there are very few brands that offer a good range of shades in concealers. Its not easy to find the right match when a brand offers just 3 shades to ‘fit’ all skin tones! With concealers, its really important to try out the product for yourself. If the shade is too light, it will look ashy and grey, if the shade is too dark, it will make the eyes look duller! If you have a severe problem of dark circles, its best to invest in MAC as they offer a large shade variety in concealer and the Store Staff helps you choose the right shade. They also apply the product on you so that you can have a look for yourself.
Here are my recommendations for concealers in the Indian Market based on my experience :
- Liquid concealers : MAC Select Moisture Cover, Select Cover up and Pro Long wear (all in range of Rs 1100-1200) are great. Among slightly lower range, L’oreal Paris True Match concealer is available for Rs 720 while Inglot Under Eye Concealer retails for Rs 700. I have personally used and loved the MAC Select Moisture Cover and have heard some good reviews for the Inglot one as well. Bourjois also makes good concealers but they have limited shades and I haven’t tried any of those.
- Cream Concealers : MAC Studio Finish and Studio Sculpt (both in range Rs 1100-1200)are known to be good. I have tried the Inglot Cream concealer(Rs 590) and I will review it soon but for a quick overview, its good but not great (I find it a little dry and difficult to blend as I’m used to liquid concealers).
- Stick Concealers : These are most common and found in many mid-range brands. Some of the stick concealers I have are Colorbar Instant cover up stick (Rs 425, I really like this one!), L’Oreal Paris Infallible concealer (Rs 900, currently testing, quite like it) and Avon Ideal shade concealer (picked up for around Rs 250, not tried it yet). There are quite a few other in the market like the new Lakme Absolute and Revlon Photoready but I haven’t tried them all.
There are of course many more concealers and this is by no means an exhaustive list!
General Guidelines for concealer application with tutorials for Liquid and Stick form concealers to follow in next post!
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