Makeup kits, tutorials and ranges are all incomplete without concealers. When discussing makeup, we talk about concealers on the daily. Where to use them, how to use Concealer, the tones, everything. But we’re now throwing it back to the basics. Let’s begin right at the start. Let’s talk about what a concealer is, how the formulation is different from other base makeup products and which ones should you get for your skin type and tone and finally pick out some good ones that we like. Here’s a conclusive, everything and anything, you would EVER need to know guide to concealers. Beauty school is in session!
Let’s start at the beginning. A concealer is a type of cosmetic makeup product that is a more pigmented and potent version of the regular base makeup that you might use. It is used to mask blemishes and even the skin tone. There are two basic types of concealer, one would be the colour correcting kind which comes in various pigment colours like yellow, orange, lavender, green and second is the blemish covering kind which comes in different skin toned pigments.
Foundation is a more diluted version of the concealer. They are formulated with the same pigment, but the foundation is more diluted. While the concealer and foundations are both available in various finishes and have different pigmentations scales, the concealer will always be the more potent and stronger formula. This because concealers are usually applied to a smaller area of the face and used to cover up blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Concealers are usually concentrated on the under eye area, the high points of your face which would be the middle of your forehead between your brows, the bridge and tip of your nose, your cupid’s bow and the tip of your chin and on any blemishes, redness or pigmentation specifically.
As I mentioned earlier there are two types of concealers that can be classified broadly. One, the colour correcting concealers and the second, the blemish covering kind.
These concealers are usually pigmented in various shades or colours that cancel out the problem areas. These colour correcting concealers are usually followed by the blemish covering kind to even up the particularly problematic skin. Green cancels out the redness. Purple cancels out yellow tints. Pink cancels brown which is perfect for dark circles and pigmentation. Orange cancels out the blue which is amazing if you have prominent veins under your eyes or on your eyelids. Peach also cancels out blue which is ideal for the rest of your face where you might have veins. Yellow cancels out redness and works well if you are tanned or have a naturally sunkissed tint.
These usually are formulated in the shades of the skin.
Stick concealers have a semi-gel and powdery formulation. This formulation is great for dry and sensitive skin. It applies easily with a gel-like consistency and then dries into a powdery matte formula. This could also work with oily skin but only if it is set properly with a powder. This formulation tends to crease a little more than the others.
This is the most versatile of all the formulations. It works well with all skin types and regardless of the type, a liquid concealer will have to be set with powder for a long-lasting finish. Liquid concealers are usually better for covering blemishes and spots. They could become a little sheer with excessive blending. This one is the easiest to apply and the most buildable out of the lot. This formulation is also least prone to clog up your pores.
Cream concealers are slightly more pigmented than the other two concealer formulations and provide medium to full coverage. This is the formulation that we would recommend for under-eye coverage or to cover any pigmentation or discolouration on the skin. It is ideal to be used on larger patches of the skin. This formulation tends to get into the lines and creases so it isn’t recommended for people with oily skin or to be applied on wrinkles.
There are different concealers that you would use in different areas of the face and thus the tones that you would pick for those concealers will be a little different. Beauty experts believe that when picking a concealer for your under-eye area and to put on the higher points of the face, you should pick a shade which is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. The lighter shade evens out the darkness on the under-eye area and reflects the light off the higher points of the face better. These concealers are usually applied before you apply your foundation, so your under-eye gets a lit-from-within look and finish. For the blemishes, marks, scarring and acne, you should be looking at a concealer that is exactly the shade of your skin. This can be determined with a simple test. Just apply the concealer near the are where your blemish is, and if it blends in then it is the right shade for you. This concealer is usually used after you’re done with your base, strictly if needed or if the base has not covered up the blemish or inflammation properly. If you are picking up concealer to specifically cover up the green and blue veins on your under-eye area or the lid then test it out on the veins near your wrist. That way you will know for sure if the pigment will cover up the veins on your face.
Now that you have picked the right concealers and are equipped with knowledge about colour correction, let’s make you a pro athlete in the concealer game.
1) Miss Claire Full Coverage Makeup + Concealer
This budget concealer conceals dark circles, blemishes and dark spots. It is high coverage but has a lightweight formula. It lasts through the day without needed touch-ups. Rs 275; Buy it here
2) Nicka K HD Concealer
For the price range, this concealer has a vast number of shades. It covers imperfections with a diffused soft-focus effect without being extremely harsh and stark. It has a light creamy texture with a full coverage formula. Rs 383; Buy it here
3) Wet n Wild Photo Focus Correcting Palette - Color Commentary
This budget palette has all the colours that you would need for colour correcting. It has a green and lavender and a white and skin toned one as well. The best part is the palette mentions on the lid the use of each colour. So that makes this an easy to use the palette. Rs 450; Buy it here
4) Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer
This is a crowd favourite liquid concealer. The best part about this product is that has buildable coverage and it doesn't look cakey at any given point. It gives the skin breathable natural coverage. Rs 475; Buy it here
Rs 500 to Rs 1,000
1) Make Up For Life 5 Color Concealer Corrector
If you're going to buy one palette, it might as well be this one. It has every shade from light to dark in one palette and all colour correcting concealers in the other. It has a creamy formula, with high coverage. Rs 500; Buy it here
2) L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD
This range has the MOST number of concealer shades that we have seen. You will always find your skin tone from this range. It evens out skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes. It has a blend-easy and buildable formula. Rs 506; Buy it here
3) Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer
This popular concealer is ideal for dark circles and fine lines around the eyes. It is a treatment concealer with a micro-corrector applicator to help create a radiant look. It is infused with goji berry and Haloxyl. Rs 620; Buy it here
4) L'Oreal Paris True Match Le Crayon Correcteur
Then creamy concealer pen doesn't have a lot of shades, but the shape helps the application in the corners and to cover small imperfections. Rs 750; Buy it here
5) NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick
This is the ideal makeup stick to have in your travel kit. It has a contour colour on one side and a concealer colour on one side. So it takes care of your entire base makeup when it comes to coverage and contouring. Rs 835; Buy it here
1) Inglot AMC Cream Concealer
This gives your skin a soft focus and diffused effect. Additionally, it is also enriched with Vitamin E and A. Its coverage can be manipulated by blending. It has a creamy rich formula Rs 1,100; Buy it here
2) Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette
Eight different concealer shades for eight different reasons. The correcting shades are chosen to balance out any discolourations and they conceal blemishes with a natural barely there finish. Rs 1,215; Buy it here
3) Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift And Firm Concealer
This high coverage caring concealer smoothes fine lines and covers dark circles and pigmentation while making the under eye area look radiant and lifted. It has a Ceramide Triple Complex is a blend of skin-identical ceramides 1, 3 and 6, enhanced with Phytosphingosine, which helps strengthen, re-texturize and hold vital moisture within the skin. Rs 1,490; Buy it here
4) Kiko Milano Colour Correction Face Fixing Powder
This is a one of its kind, setting and concealing baked powder. It is a compact that containing four lightly concealing colours which when mixed together, conceal redness and discolouration. Rs 1,600; Buy it here
5) Smashbox Color Correcting Stick
This easy to apply pencil tackles discolouration and gives you precise application with lightweight coverage. It looks absolutely natural under makeup and is cruelty-free. Rs 1,800; Buy it here
6) M.A.C Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer
This is an emollient-based lightweight creamy concealer that has opaque coverage. It also contains SPF 35. It has a long-wearing, highly concentrated formula, which means a little bit goes a long way. This concealer also absorbs excess oil and nourishes the skin with Vitamin A and E. Rs 1,900; Buy it here
This story was updated in January 2019.