Concealer: What It Is and How to Use It

Concealer What It Is and How to Use ItFor a lot of women, the only thing harder than finding the right foundation is finding the right concealer. Do you go lighter, darker, or the same shade as your foundation? Is a compact cream better than liquid? Rest assured; this really isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

Concealer is another anti-aging makeup tool used to cover visible imperfections on your face, including blemishes, redness, dark circles, and scars—think of it as a spot treatment for areas that need a little extra attention. If you have these types of concerns, go for a concealer that has color correction embedded into its formula, and choose the shade that matches your foundation closely.

If you’ve got imperfections that you can see, but that aren’t as obvious, pick a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation, just to get a touch of coverage where you really need it.

So what comes first, foundation or the concealer? The correct answer is concealer. Use it on the imperfections you want to cover, like under the eye or even on your eyelids, and then apply your foundation. This blends the color more fluidly so that you get a more flawless, natural finish.

There are also different textures and consistencies when it comes to concealers—you’ll want to pick based on your skin type. Cream concealers, which usually come in a compact similar to pressed powder, tend to be a little drier, and while they’re good for covering skin imperfections, they also tend to gravitate to fine lines, making them more visible. Cream concealer definitely works better if your skin tends to be dryer. Liquid concealers, on the other hand, are much easier to apply and leave a more sheer finish. If you have oily skin, liquid concealer is better because it will stay put.

My favorite concealer is the Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer by Cover FX. I’ve tried other products, but always find myself coming back to this one. It provides amazing coverage, and because it isn’t too thick or heavy, you can layer it as much as you want to hide many of the common skin concerns that come with aging.