Pampadour users are consistently looking and asking for the perfect concealer. Unlike foundation, which you match to your skin tone, the hunt for concealer is a tricky one. You need to find something that covers your dark circles, reduces the appearance of puffy eyes and won’t crease after a night out. Read on for a Concealer 101 breakdown. We’re discussing color theory (yes, you might actually want to pick up a green concealer after reading this), the right way to apply and the best concealers on the market.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOR
Color theory is your friend when it comes to picking the right coverup. Picture the color wheel. The colors across from each other on the spectrum are opposites, meaning they cancel each other out. Red is opposite green, yellow opposite purple. If you don’t notice redness or purply dark circles, simply look for a concealer that is half a shade lighter than your foundation in the same undertone, so that it has a brightening effect.
PINK: Pink concealer is a great pick for fair skin. It will cancel out purple undereye circles and dark spots on lighter skin. Pink also has a brightening effect, aka instant radiance! Try Armani Master Corrector in Pink, Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer or Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer in Pink Beige.
GREEN: Don’t get scared off by green concealer! It’s fantastic for counteracting redness – dab it onto blemishes. It works on all skin tones, adding warmth and radiance. Keep in mind that it won’t do anything for dark spots, so only use it for acne/rosacea/etc. There are tons of green concealers out there. Give Maybelline Cover Stick, L’Oreal Studio Secrets Primer or NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer a try.
YELLOW: Yellow-toned concealer is the most standard option. It evens out and equalizes overall skin tone. On olive skin tones, it can also cancel out purplish dark circles and dark spots. Some great yellow-based concealers are NARS Concealer in Pale Yellow, Physicians Formula Cover Stick and Mary Kay Concealer.
RED: There aren’t red concealers on shelves, but a beauty hack using red lipstick to cover up dark circles recently went viral. The idea stems from the same color theory principle these other color correctors use. The star of the viral video recommends using red lipstick around your eyes (and dabbing it on any other dark spots). Then, use a sponge to blend foundation over the lipstick. It’s ideal for darker skin tones – check out the video here.
Have more than one of these issues? Try Make Up For Ever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Palette. It has virtually every shade under the sun. Have a red spot? There’s an option for that. Dark circles? That too. All you need is this exceptional, all-in-one kit!
HOW TO APPLY CONCEALER
Imagine my shock when I began working at Pampadour and learned that I’d been applying concealer incorrectly all my life. To optimize the effects and benefits of your concealer, use the triangle method. Here it is, step by step.
1. To ensure your concealer looks natural, dot it on like the image you see above, in a triangular shape. You can use a concealer brush to apply, but I like to use my ring finger. The natural heat makes it easier to blend.
2. Don’t smudge the product to blend it in. Tap, tap, tap away for perfect distribution. Smudging will simply remove the product. While tapping may seem time-consuming, it’s worth it. Don’t get impatient.
3. If you find that your fingertip didn’t do the job as flawlessly as you hope, go over it with a sponge. The BeautyBlender really does wonders in this case. Bounce the pointy side of the blender over your coverup – you will look like you’ve never had a dark circle in your life!
4. If you want your concealer to last all day and night (who doesn’t?!), make sure to set it. Don’t get scared away by powder. If you find one that works for you, it will be virtually invisible. Bobbi Brown has a pale yellow powder that will help counteract dark circles even better, and ELF has one specifically for undereyes.
PAMPADOUR’S MOST POPULAR CONCEALERS
Now that you know which color correctors to use as your base, it’s time to find which concealer works for you. It took me years of trial and error to find the right coverage, so here are some of the most beloved concealers on Pampadour to hopefully make your search a bit easier.
LA Girl Pro Conceal: This concealer has made a giant splash recently. Bloggers and makeup artists adore it, and at only $3, it’s pretty irresistible. It’s extremely long-lasting, covers up dark circles and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. When I find a beauty product that works well and is bargain-priced, I really feel like I hit the jackpot. LA Girl concealer is a jackpot product!
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: This is my Holy Grail concealer, and it seems like many Pampadour users agree! It is so creamy, blends like a dream and seemingly lasts forever. It comes in tons of colors, so you should have no problem finding one that compliments your skin perfectly.
NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand: For the price, NYX’s creamy concealer wand is incredible. The coverage is impeccable. It’s lightweight, which is crucial when considering an undereye concealer. The area is so delicate – you don’t want to use something too heavy that can crease and appear cake.
Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer: Weightless in the product name is a very, very good sign. The entire Naked Skin line from UD is awesome, but this product is a standout. It’s so natural and buildable. Start with just a little, and pack more on until you reach your desired coverage.
bareMinerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20: This lightweight creamy concealer is great for the undereye area, but works just as well for dark spots and imperfections. It’s full coverage, so it will cover up even the most pesky blemish. The SPF 20 is a very welcome added bonus.
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer: This duo is a multitasker’s dream. The oil-free foundation has a creamy concealer in the lid. Apply your foundation as you normally would, then use the concealer to cover up your dark circles, blemishes and spots.
Did this clear up any concealer confusion you had? Will you be trying out a color corrector? Let us know in the comments below and on Pampadour.com!