What type of concealer works best?
I just realized that liquid concealers aren’t working for me lately. I’m not sure if it’s due to the weather or my eye cream but I have been having problems with the rice concealer from Skin Food I’m trying out as well as those that I’ve been using for awhile. After a few hours of application, my undereye area looked horribly unsightly with obvious lines showing up or worst, my makeup looking altogether blotchy! So for the time being, I’m sticking to my powder concealer to avoid another makeup disaster.
I never knew powder concealer was available until I got my first from Everyday Minerals. I love it because it gives me a fairly good coverage for my undereye region and most importantly, it looks natural even after laying on my mineral powder foundation or compact powder foundation. And what’s great with powder concealer is that I can use it under or over my foundation and it also works well when used anywhere else on my face, which can get pretty oily at the T-zone area after a few hours.
One thing about powder concealer is that you need to apply with a brush. And because powder concealers are usually lightweight, you’ll also find that it does not offer good enough coverage for very dark blemishes or very dark undereye circles. For that, my experience tells me a liquid concealer works better.
I understand that many liquid concealers are formulated for use around the eyes so they’re usually said to be a good choice to camouflage those bad undereye circles. Personally, I find liquid concealers offering good consistency and coverage but it works better for those with dry skin. When I use liquid concealers to cover up my blemishes on my cheeks or chin area which can get oily after a few hours, my makeup usually end up looking rather blotchy. I didn’t use to have problems using them on my undereye though since that area doesn’t get very oily.
While liquid concealers are easy to apply with our fingers, some come in the form of a pen and the brush can smell horribly funny. I haven’t been using the YSL Touche Eclat for a very long time but it smells wrong and there’s no way I can wash it!
I’ve tried cream concealers that come in a container but I have to say I don’t like them too much because they’re rather dry and thick. Most of the time, the part where I’ve used them on end up looking really cakey! Moreover, for better effects, cream concealers are better applied using a brush rather than bare fingers. But the good thing about cream concealers I’ve learnt is that some of them come in multi-tones such as shades of beige, yellow and mint green which offers you more options to hide certain problem areas such as pimples, scars and bruises on different parts of your face.
I’ve also tried the stick concealer which provide direct on-the-spot application. But honestly, I cannot tell the difference between this and the cream concealer. The only thing obvious to me is that they’re more convenient to bring around but otherwise, their texture feel the same to me.
I can’t say what works for you but for me, I think powder concealers are great. At least, my makeup still look fairly natural at the end of the day and my crow’s feet don’t show up that obviously. But I’ve to acknowledge that powder concealer doesn’t give enough coverage for darker blemishes or scars and it isn’t that readily available.
So for those days that I need more camouflage, I still need to use my liquid concealers. Just that for now, I need to figure out why they’re not working for me.