Base Makeup Basics Part 2 : Types of Concealers | How to choose the right under-eye concealer | Concealers in India

 

Hey everyone!

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!

 

Base Makeup Basics Part 2 : Concealers
Base Makeup Basics Part 2 : Concealers

 

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)
MAC-Select-Moisture-Cover-Concealer
MAC-Select-Moisture-Cover-Concealer

 

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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 :

 

  1. Finding the right shade
  2. Choosing the right texture for your skin type
  3. Recognizing the degree of coverage you need
  4. 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.

 

Illuminating Concealer : YSL Touche Eclat Concealer
Illuminating Concealer : YSL Touche Eclat Concealer

 

Concealer comes in different formsliquid, 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.

 

 

Liquid Concealer : MAC Pro LongWear Concealer
Liquid Concealer : MAC Pro LongWear Concealer

 

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 concealerColorbar pot concealer etc.

 

MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer

 

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!

 

Inglot Perfect_Concealer
Inglot Perfect_Concealer

 

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 –

  1. How much coverage do you need?
  2. 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 :

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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!

 

[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Hope you found this post useful! Don’t forget to leave your comments/queries below this post![/note]

Also Read :

Colorbar instant cover up stick concealer 003 Almond Coffee Review, Swatch and EOTD

MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer NC45.5 : Review , Swatch and Photos

Base Makeup Basics Part 1: How to choose the right face  primer | How to apply Primer

 

Disclaimer : This post is accurate to the best of my knowledge. All information presented here has been written by me and not picked up from the web (Except for some pictures). Kindly do not copy or reproduce the information given in this post.

 

51 Comments

  1. I cant thank u enough for the tips for Purplish under eye area! I have been hunting for tips for so long! Loved the article, very useful. RIght now, I am using MAC Select Moisture cover and love it.

  2. Thanks for the wonderful post Ankita. I’m using kryolan 303 stick concealer and on top I use the mac studio concealer. But blending is the biggest prob that I’m facing. The person at mac told that the moisture cover will not give full coverage for my patch:( but when I tried it I loved the way it blended….ofcouse the studio conc coverage was better. I would like to try the inglot conc. Any reviews on it pls?..

    1. I have the Inglot Cream concealer mentioned in this post, its a little difficult to blend as its not as slick as my MAC Select moisture cover. I haven’t tested it properly yet, will review it when I do!

  3. hi, Ankita

    Very useful post, I am not a frequent make up user, but have terrible dark circles read almost panda eyes..:) skin around eyes is normal..n have used colorbar concealer its ok not wow…
    n do u think its fine to invest in MAC….??? as I use makeup sparingly….

    1. I think you should visit MAC once and ask the MUA to apply a concealer on you under both the eyes. Don’t buy it right then, let it stay on your face when you go back home and see in different lighting how it looks. Its good to invest in a good concealer if under eyes are a problem area for you. But make sure you pick one that really does the job well which is why I advise you to try it out first and purchase later!

  4. verrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyy detailed and well written…what effort you put into ure posts….hats off to u and by the way you do the most awesome eye makeup!!!! keep it up!

  5. this post is very very useful Ankita!! brilliant…!! Hey I heard tht MAC select moisture cover is gr8 for dark circles concealing and studio finish is for concealing pimple/ acne marks..!! Can u do a post on makeup brushes also? the ones u have and some suggestions

    1. Will do a post on brushes too! Btw I had done a post on eye makeup brushes long time back, just search for it in the Search bar above and have a look. Will do one for face makeup brushes.

  6. Hi Ankita, this is such a wonderful post…I really want to thank you for sharing all of this info…I’m really liking all the new things that you’re adding to your blog…..
    I appreciate the hard work that you’ve put in for this post, and its such a refreshing change from the usual reviews, etc… super like!!!

  7. thats a v useful post loving you articles 🙂
    my fav concealer is Kryolan TV Paint STick in 303
    covers heavy pigmented under eyes so well

  8. I use an orange lipstick from MAC called ‘Good to go’ since I couldn’t find the orange corrector where I live. It was a tip from a MAC MUA abroad. Works fantastic for any blue/grey areas on the face, under regular concealer.

    1. It really makes a lot of difference, do try it out (don’t purchase just yet) when you pass by MAC next time 🙂

  9. Hey ankita … I read ur posts really helpful .. But could any1 help me with this info as to where do we get mac makeup stuff in kolkata … M sure shoppers stop doesn’t have mac !!!

  10. Thanks for this post Ankita. Its very informative & very important to have the right knowledge about the product before you buy it.

    This surely helps a great deal…

  11. Awesome post Ankita. Loved it… I am 30 now and I observe slight dark circles around my eyes. I don’t use foundation daily. But I want to start using concealer under my eyes. I have dry skin. Pls suggest which concealer should I go for…

  12. Yea recently I bought a concealer but that was lighter shade & when applied under eye area my eyes wr looking more darker… Thanks for this post…will try Mac or inglot

  13. Hi,
    I saw your video for how to cover under eye circles…really liked it.Thanks for that tutotrial.
    I have heavy pigmentation under eye.I am currently using colorbar stick concealer(warm beige).

    I have wheatish complexion,so wanted to know which corrector will suit me,not sure about the orange and peach.
    Appreciate your suggestion on same.

    1. Hi Dee, you should visit a MAC or Clinique store and ask the MUA to demonstrate different correctors on you. See which works best. I've found orange corrector from MAC to be extremely pigmented and not as easy to use. But if you have severe pigmentation, that might work better than a peach corrector. The orange brightener from Clinique is less orange and softer in color so may be easier to use.

  14. Hi ankita, what type of concealer should I apply on small black spots present on sides of my cheeks along with some old brown pimple marks, where we mostly apply blush. My black spots are not blemishes, they are tiny 5-6 tills spread on that area. Texture wise I have dry patches in cheek area and around lips but oily around nose and forehead. Stick concealer become cakey and artificial on me…may be I am not able to blend them well, and liquid concealer don’t conceal completely, still light black color of spots could be seen. I would like to add a pic of my face here but I don’t find any link where I could attach. Well anyways, what concealer you would suggest me from, Revlon, chamber, lakme and colorbar…

    1. Hi Prerna, you needn't worry about tills, let them show. They would be difficult to hide and piling on the concealer will not help. Tills are considered beauty marks, don't worry about them! As for old pimple scars, I think stick concealers work best but they can be little dry. Instead of applying the stick directly to the skin, rub you fingertip on the concealer tip for a few seconds and when it warms up, use your finger to apply the concealer on the spot. Dab it gently with the fingertip till it looks blended.

  15. Hi Ankita! Loved your post! ! I have heavy pigmented under eyes I use mac prolongwear concealer but it doesn't give me a full coverage.Can you suggest me which is the best concealer to use that gives me full coverage! And which is the best corrector you recommend that blends well.

  16. Hello Ankita,

    I am planning to do my own makeup for my wedding. However, I read in a few websites that your concealer needs to be atleast 3-4 shades lighter than your skintone so that it brightens up your face. Can you please let me know if this works?
    I am currently using a concealer which is 2 shades lighter than my skin color and still manages to look good.
    Was wondering if weddings (or functions which have heavy photography) would need a concealer 3-4 shades lighter.

    1. Hi, I wouldn't advise going 3-4 shades lighter. It doesn't look very flattering. I personally like going only a shade lighter if I'm trying to do a highlighted look. For my wedding, I went with a concealer that matched my skin tone and I like how my makeup turned out. I'm personally not a fan of the extreme contouring and highlighting trend as it looks a little harsh if not done perfectly right.

  17. Hi, Ankita! It’s informative one! This post helps people to understand about the concealers. I am a beautician. I am facing customers with skin allergic and irritation due to the improper use of concealers. Selecting the concealer is important before using it. Do visit my profile to view the similar articles. I am suggesting the top 15 concealers for 2017. I hope it will be useful to choose the best one.

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