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My skin has been FREAKING OUT lately, and I have an inkling it has to do with my life being in complete disarray. Stress often leads to breakouts, and struggling to conceal bits of red, swollen skin can be even more stressful than what got you there in the first place.
I'm trying to stay positive and turn a less-than-awesome situation into a reason to use fancy beauty products, because if there's anything I love, it's fancy products. So, here are a few of my favourite, top-of-the-line concealers for those days your skin betrays you.
Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer
You know what? This stuff is impressive. When I first tested it out in Sephora, I was convinced it wouldn't match my super-pale skin (the No Foundation Foundation runs dark on me) but with a little blending, it did. I was head-over-heels when I first discovered this product in pump form. If everything I apply to my skin came in pump form, I would be perfectly happy — no germs! So I was a little sad when I realized newer versions have the product encased in a tube with a wand applicator.
No worries! Just apply a blob of the concealer to the back of your hand and use your favourite makeup brush to apply from there. Why? Because direct application with a wand applicator introduces bacteria to your product, which is especially important to avoid when you're having a less-than-stellar skin moment. It's no pump or tube, but it works!
I find the consistency of Perricone MD's No Concealer Concealer to be a bit creamier and lighter than the rest of the products on this list, but it is absolute perfection on hyperpigmentation or dark circles. If you're not a fan of heavy makeup, this is a good option for anyone with skin that needs to be evened out more so than heavily concealed. It's a great, foolproof concealer for lighter skin tones.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
I'm ride-or-die with this concealer, especially for under-eyes, but I do routinely use it all over. I love that it's waterproof, and I find its creamy consistency easy to blend.
I grab this when I don't have a whole lot of time to get ready in the morning but need great coverage because it's in a squeeze tube. All I have to do is squeeze a bit onto the back of my hand and go to town.
The colour I have tends to lean a bit yellow in its undertone (I have it in shade #6) so if you're looking for something more for under-eyes, I'd lean towards a shade with more of a pink or peach undertone. I use #6 because it's a great all around concealer for any spots on my face, and I've been using it for years.
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Color Correct & Concealer
This is pro-fesh to the highest degree. There's a reason professional MUAs have this in their kits! It can conceal and correct virtually any blemish and comes in a handful of options for varying skintones.
Be sure to scoop out the tiny bit you need onto a palette or the back of your hand to avoid bacterial transfer. I know you probably see a lot of people dipping their brushes directly into palettes like this but I can't stress why NOT to do this enough. Especially if it's in your kit and you work on other people, there isn't really an easy way to clean creamy product like this, and the best way is to avoid dirtying it all together. Spatulas are your new best friend.
Because I have some gross, red, scabby bits on my face, I did my best to conceal the red with a bit of the green and went over with a blend of the two lightest shades. These creamy concealers are so dense in pigment the tiniest bit goes a very long way. Scraping off even a tiny amount will get you amazing coverage. Hugely useful for spots. Set with a transclucent powder and you're good for the day.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Tarte's Marajuca concealer has a bit of a tacky, waxy feel to it, and a tiny bit goes a very long way. I think the fact that there is that tacky feel to it makes it really stick to your skin. Like, this stuff does not budge.
My best advice for the application is to be super-gentle when squeezing the amount you want out, and to stress that you really only need a tiny bit. It takes a bit longer for this concealer to set, but it is completely worth it for its longevity.
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
This is on beauty lists consistently for good reason. CDP is mad pricey but also incredibly opaque, feather-light, and absolutely gorgeous in every way. It's the definition of luxury. If you want to go full-out fancy with your concealer, this is one product you have to try at least once.
As it comes in stick form, I dab (or scrape off with a spatula) what I want onto the back of my hand and apply with a brush. It's very much a cream-to-powder finish; it sits so lightly on my skin but conceals so well. The ultimate fancy concealer.
- What's the fanciest concealer you've ever tried?
- What kind do you lean toward (liquid or cream)?
- Also, what's a good movie to watch when you're super-bummed or stressed-out?