Friday, February 18, 2022

The Different Types Of Concealer


Concealers or color correctors are one tool in your arsenal designed to help cover dark spots, discolorations, large pores, acne, and other blemishes. It can also help highlight the area under your eyes or your chin. Although a concealer may seem like foundation, a concealer is only used on certain areas of the face while the foundation is used all over it.  In addition, in liquid form, concealers are often thicker than foundations and must be applied after the foundation has been applied.

There are five places that should always have concealer applied.  One is the area under the eyes where dark circles tend to appear, above your eyebrows, at the corners of your mouth, just around the nostrils, and a thin line from your nostrils down to your chin.

There are four types of concealers to choose from.  The first type is the liquid form. This type is considered the most versatile and usually provides sheer coverage but some brands can provide full coverage. If you are using one that has sheer coverage, you can layer it for more coverage.  Liquid concealer is recommended for dry to normal skin because it is hydrating.  It usually glides on over your foundation and comes in matte, satin, or a radiant finish. 

The next type is a stick concealer which offers full coverage since it comes in a semi-solid form. In addition, it tends to be highly pigmented but the shades are vibrant. This form is better for covering small dark spots and blemishes. Furthermore, the stick is compact, making it easy to put in your purse for touchup later on. When using a stick concealer, it is necessary to blend with fingers or a sponge a lot due to its consistency. Unfortunately, in warmer weather the concealer can melt and smear on the face but it is recommended for use in normal to dry skin.

The third type is the balm concealer which provides even more coverage because it is thicker than the liquid concealer. It is recommended for oily skin to normal skin. It gets its name from it's balm like texture.  Many of the balm concealers are actually color correctors.  Color correctors are used underneath the foundation to neutralize redness and and redness.  Use your fingers or a brush to smooth the concealer over your skin. Then apply foundation because the foundation also masks the concealer.

Furthermore, it is important to select the proper color of color corrector for the appropriate job.  For instance, peach concealer is designed to neutralize blue and purple shadows that appear on medium skin tones while and orange-pink concealer neutralizes dark spots on dark skin.  Pale pink concealer is better at covering blue spots on pale skin.  On the other hand, yellow concealer is better at covering purple or dark shadows on tan or olive skin tones. Green concealer is good at hiding redness on your skin. Finally, lavender/green concealer is for hiding yellow patches on your skin. 

Last is the cream concealer which offers medium to full coverage for normal to dry skin.  It is not as pigmented as the stick concealer, making it better for covering dark circles, acne, discoloring or hyperpigmentation. In addition, they work really well on dry skin for covering dry patches of skin or blemish that has dried out.  The down side to cream concealers is that they tend to crease if they end up in wrinkles or fine lines.

So now with armed with a bit more information, it is possible to get the right type of concealer so you look your best.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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