Concealers are seriously underrated. They have the power to completely sculpt, correct, and improve your complexion, but nobody talks about them enough. FYI, you won’t need to pack on your foundation if you know how to conceal dark circles and blemishes.
Your best bet is to apply concealer after a thin layer of foundation—that way, you’ll use less product since your imperfections are already partially covered. Plus, you won’t run the risk of moving your makeup like you would if you apply foundation after concealer.
There are tons of different tools you can use to create an even base with concealer—here are just some of the techniques you can do:
With A Dense Blending Brush
Spread concealer on the under-eye area with its doe-foot applicator or with your fingers. Then, use a small but dense brush to blend out the product. Since the skin around your eyes is sensitive, it’s prone to wrinkling if you’re rough with your strokes. Buff the concealer gently—avoid tugging and dragging it. A brush will also allow you to get into your inner corners for a brighter, more wide-awake look.
With A Sponge
If your complexion suffers from redness, dot the affected areas with concealer and blend the product out with a makeup sponge. Bounce the damp sponge across your face until the base looks flawless and even. This way, you can cover a bigger area more quickly without compromising the coverage you want.
With A Small, Pointed Brush
Have you ever woken up in the morning to a huge, angry zit? Yeah, us too. To hide the pimple, use a pointed brush to apply the concealer right on the spot. Concentrate the product at the center of the blemish, and then blend out the edges with your fingers so it looks seamless with your skin.
With Your Finger
Don’t have time for tools? No problem. Apply your concealer as you would on your under-eye area and blemishes, and blend out the layers with your fingers. Just lightly tap your skin (especially under your eyes!) so you won’t irritate it. The warmth from your fingers should give you a smooth, natural finish.
If you’re in the market for a new concealer, here are some of our top picks!
Ever Bilena Concealer Stick
Stick cream products get a bad rap for being thick and looking cakey, but not this one. This full-coverage concealer has a natural matte finish yet a hydrating formula, making it perfect for covering the occasional acne flare-up.
Ever Bilena Concealer Stick, P150, Watsons, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
BYS Liquid Concealer Tube
This lightweight, water-based concealer has a highly pigmented formula—which is great for covering up dark spots. It also easily blends into the skin, so you’ll get a seamless finish every time you use it.
BYS Liquid Concealer Tube, P199, Watson’s, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Essence Stay Natural Concealer
This radiant concealer comes with a twist brush applicator so you can apply it gently on your dark circles. It has a light-reflecting formula to make your eyes look bright and awake.
Essence Stay Natural Concealer, P229, Watsons, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Maybelline Fit Me Flawless Natural Concealer
This product has reached cult-favorite status, and we can see why. It comes in a bunch of shades that you can use to conceal dark circles, blemishes, redness, and dark spots—sans the hefty price tag.
Maybelline Fit Me Flawless Natural Concealer, P249, Watsons, Personal Care Express, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
In2It Acne Care And Concealer Stick
This cream concealer has a small tip for precise application on acne and dark spots. It’s also formulated to help treat and heal pimples over time.
In2It Acne Care And Concealer Stick, P259.75, SM Beauty, Watsons
L’Oréal Paris True Match The One Liquid Concealer
Find your perfect match in this range of lightweight concealers. It’s also infused with skin-loving ingredients to help fade your dark circles over time.
L’Oréal Paris True Match The One Liquid Concealer, P350, Watsons, Personal Care Express, The SM StoreContinue reading below ↓
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer
This vegan, cruelty-free concealer is perfect for everyday wear. It has a super-blendable formula that can conceal dark circles and blemishes. If you get a shade darker than your skin tone, you can use it to sculpt and contour your cheekbones. Plus, it has a matte finish, so it’s perfect for those with oily skin.
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer, P399, BeautyBeat.phContinue reading below ↓
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
If you have dark circles and fine lines, this concealer is about to be your new BFF. Not only does it cover up your under-eye area, it also treats it with the Goji berry extract and Haloxyl in its formula. (Tip: If you want to brighten up your eye bags, get one in a shade lighter than your actual skin tone.)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, P399, Watsons, Personal Care Express, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Australis 4-in-1 Concealer And Corrector Palette
Get more bang for your buck by using this kit. It comes with green and purple correctors and two skin-toned concealers. Use the green and purple shades to correct redness and dullness, respectively, then top off the areas with the two concealer shades. The result? A flawless, even base.
Australis 4-in-1 Concealer And Corrector Palette, P495, Landmark, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Revlon Photoready Candid Antioxidant Concealer
If you’re someone who’s always out and about, get yourself a concealer that doubles as protective skincare, like this one by Revlon. It has medium buildable coverage and is infused with antioxidants, anti-pollution, and anti-blue light ingredients.
Revlon Photoready Candid Antioxidant Concealer, P575, Watsons, Personal Care Express, The SM Store, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Ellana Loose Mineral Concealer
Love mineral powder makeup? Try this concealer! The pigment is concentrated so you get more coverage than you would with a mineral foundation. You’ll get a poreless finish for up to eight hours, too.
Ellana Loose Mineral Concealer, P898, EllanaContinue reading below ↓
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
This lightweight, long-lasting concealer is perfect for anyone who has oily skin or sweats a lot. It’s water-resistant, transfer-proof, and full-coverage. It has a matte finish, and it can conceal anything from dark circles to acne to discoloration.Continue reading below ↓
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer
This relatively new release has already won the hearts of beauty gurus everywhere. It has a cake-proof, crease-proof, and water-resistant formula that can hide imperfections better than you can keep secrets.
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, P1,460, Rustan’s, Greenbelt 5, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer
If you have a hard time finding the perfect shade match, why not look through Fenty Beauty’s selection? RiRi made history when she initially launched 40 shades of her foundation, and the concealer range is just as inclusive with 50 shades to choose from.Continue reading below ↓
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
This luxurious concealer is a favorite among professional makeup artists and beauty junkies. Its lightweight formula can be built up from medium to full coverage, and it has light-diffusing technology to create a soft, smooth, soft-focus complexion.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, P1,750, Rustan’s, Rockwell Powerplant MallContinue reading below ↓
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