Here are some of the best concealers on the market today and some advice on what to look for when choosing one for yourself.
Whether you're a celebrity or not, if you were born with flawless skin then you are very fortunate and you need not read any further. This article is devoted to the rest of us
who have something we'd rather not show the world. It could be dark circles under your eyes, acne or acne scars, age spots, a birth mark or even freckles.
When choosing a concealer you should pick one that matches you own skin tone unless you want it also to highlight, then pick one lighter than you own coloring. This may take a few purchases unless you go to the big department store cosmetic booths and try several to get the closest match. Several cosmetic companys now have stores in the larger malls. I have recently seen L'Oreal and M.A.C. and of course, several little stores that sell mineral comectics. These are great places to try several different kinds to pick a perfect one for you.
You will want your concealer to match your skin tone so no one knows you're wearing it, cover what you want covered easily and stay put all day. Some women love their concealers so much they use them as foundation. If you plan to be at a pool, spa, sauna, or the beach look for one that is waterproof. This will keep you looking fresh all day.
Here are some of the best concealers on the market today:
Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palettes
The five shades of opaque pigments in each kit make it easy for you to mix up just the right shade for your skintone. Great for undereye circles because this concealer does not collect in the fine lines around your eyes.
NEW - Murad
Murad Acne Concealer
Perfect for blemishes, this concealer is opaque enough to cover, uses salicylic acid but doesn't dehydrate your skin.
NEW Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector.
This two sided concealer and highlighter gives you the best of both worlds in an easy to carry tube. The concealer is great for age spots, blemishes, etc. and doesn’t settle in your fine lines. The highlighter adds brightness and light to those special areas that need a little pick-me-up such as your brow and cheek bones, under your eyes, and even the bridge of your nose to have your nose appear thinner.
This Concealer is a favorite of Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields to name a few celebrities! This concealer is very concentrated so a little goes a long way, and it does a great job of covering acne, rosacea and even scars! And the best part? It’s waterproof!
Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
This Best Concealer is an Allure Magazine 2006 Best of Beauty Award Winner. It will cover dark circles under the eyes, broken capillaries, and blemishes. We recommend applying it with an eye shadow brush.
AirWear Long-Wearing Concealer
A celebrity skin worthy Best Concealer in the drug store for under ten bucks? No it’s true! This Best Conealer contains silicone, which is one of the trendiest ingredients in the world of makeup these days. It provides an easy glide that allows you to layer the makeup just perfectly without looking noticeably “done”. This concealer is easy to blend and will give you a matte effect. This is an ideal concealer for someone with a lot to hide as it is easy to layer. It also provides a broader-than-usual spectrum of six good colors with very good options for those with pale skin. The color called Corrector is too yellow on its own. In the concealer world, yellow concealer is meant to counter skin undertones in the violet family, such as the shadows under your eyes. But you must cover it up with your foundation. The same goes if you use Brightener which is too pink on its own. Pink concealer is used to brighten a sallow complexion, which some people get after they’ve been sick or tired for a while. Cover these with your normal foundation shade.
Studio Finish Concealer, SPF 35
This Best Concealer is an Allure Magazine Best of Beauty Reader’s Choice Award Winner. According to M.A.C.’s website, it is “a lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolorations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils. Concealer has an SPF of 35 and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush, a latex sponge, or the fingertips”.
This concealer is Allure Magazine's readers choice winner for 2007. This concealer was choosen because it fades right into your own skin like its not even there and it covers dark spots which can be very hard to conceal.
Mary Kay Makeup
MK Signature Concealer
This Best Concealer is a silicone concealer that is squeezed out of its tube and blended easily over the skin. This concealer can provide a very full coverage and is recommended by Celebrity makeup expert Paul Begoun for concealing dark under eye circles. It comes in six colors and the best ones are the three lightest, so pale faces and those with very light skin can find an almost-perfect or perfect match. Only use the yellow conealer if you cover it with a great foundation.
Maybeline New York
This Best Concealer glides onto your skin smoothly and blends very easily. It comes in four shades. The Fair shade concealer can give pale skinned gals that “out in the sunlight” confidence they’ve been longing for. This is one of the best drugstore concealers you can buy.
Maybelline New York
Instant Age Rewind Concealer
This Best Concealer is an Allure Magazine Best of Beauty Reader’s Choice Award Winner. According to Maybelline New York’s website, it is “formulated with caffeine and silk, (and) instantly visibly lifts (the) under eye area. Radiance pearls visibly help conceal dark circles and brighten tired eyes”.
Maybelline New York
Cover Stick Concealer
Another win for Maybelline with Allure Magazine readers poll 2007 of favorites. This concealer comes in a lipstick tube and is said to only need a dot to do the trick. Ease of application and it gets the job done. What more could you want in a concealer?
Color Stay Natural Concealer SPF 15
This Best Concealer is a liquid formula that can provide medium coverage of your flaws without settling into your wrinkles. Fair and Light conealers are the most natural shades for light skins and Deep is the most realist shade for dark skins. This is a long wearing concealer so you can “set it and forget it” as they say in infomercial land.
Automatic Camouflage Concealer
This best concealer is a favorite of Courtney Cox-Arquette. It conceals, corrects and hides imperfections. The stick formula makes it easy to apply. It’s water-resistant and crease-proof. This best concealer is a must-have for fashion shoots!