Just like having two different foundation shades in your collection makes complete sense when it comes to the change of season (Ghost Face or Oompa Loompa anyone?), so does having multiple concealers for a variety of purposes. Naturally, different textures and colours of concealer address different skin concerns, so arm yourself with at least two (three, if colour-correction is a major priority for you) to cover all your bases. Here, we share our concealer favourites for flawless skin.
Picking a concealer
It goes without saying that the same green-tinted concealer that’s ideal for neutralising redness won’t be used for brightening up late-night-induced dark circles. That being said, if you have any areas of concern that need major concealing work, you should invest in colour-correcting variants, such as peach for dark circles, green for redness, and peach or purple for acne scars and sunspots. NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer is our go-to for the day after a Netflix binge marathon. Follow any colour-correcting efforts with a light layer of your usual concealer, that matches your skin tone, to blend all the colours together seamlessly.
When it comes to covering a breakout like a pro, a concealer in a shade as close as possible to your skin colour is your best bet. You don’t want any obvious lines or a mismatch of colours, otherwise it’ll just look like you’re trying to hide something (which you are). Maybelline’s Fit Me! Concealer comes in a wide range of shades and can be layered to build coverage. Alternatively, NYX Professional Makeup’s Gotcha Covered Concealer is great for situations that require heavy-duty coverage.
Unlike blemished skin, your delicate eye area tends to be drier and more sensitive, and therefore requires a creamier consistency for concealer. Look for a hydrating liquid formula like Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and opt for a hue that’s one shade lighter than your complexion for an instant brightening effect.
Considering that our skin’s needs tend to adapt and our skin tone varies over the course of the year, it’s wise to keep multiple concealers in your makeup drawer. Besides, you never know when an eruption will strike on your chin area or a late night on the town will turn into an exhausted, raccoon-eyed morning.