Concealer is a tricky necessity. I am sure there are a lucky few that do not need concealer but for the rest of us girls we wouldn’t be caught dead without concealer in our makeup bags. Though the funny thing about concealer, is that although it may be “concealing” something we do not want to see, it can also be very noticeable in of itself. Many concealers can be drying or at least they can look drying—nothing is worse then dry crepey skin with noticeable concealer for that Tammy Faye Baker look. So much like my clumping mascara pet peeve, I do not do concealer that can double as spackle. I look for concealers that are thinner and creamier but I also do need the coverage so this can be fine line to walk. About a year or so ago I had to go on the hunt for a new concealer when Fresh discontinued the one I had been using. I had been using Laura Mercier’s foundation so I decided to try the concealer as well and although I love the iridescent light reflecting particles in it, I found it was a little too sheer for me. I have thin “translucent” or should I say “see through” skin which has a lot of blueish-pink undertones in it, which can unfortunately create some shadowing under the eye. And a more sheer concealer does combat this problem. However, I love the iridescent quality to the Laura Mercier concealer so sometimes I will use a little over my normal concealer to give my eyes a little boost, as regular highlighter under the eye would be too much. I would say this is a good concealer for someone who has heavier, more opaque skin with little shadowing under the eye who just wants a little brightening. I then decided to try the MAC concealer, I had heard good things about it and I liked the tube packaging—I think this is the most sanitary way to package concealer. I have been using this concealer for about eight months and for the most part I am happy with it. The only thing I would say is that towards the end of the day it can look a little dry, but I have skin that is on the drier side so this is going to happen to a degree.
I was close to running out of it, so last week I headed back to the MAC counter to purchase a new tube but I noticed there were a number of other options so I experimented a bit. Then a sales person approached me and offered to apply the concealer I was considering—she informed me that when I apply it myself at home to apply it a V shape, and to go slightly below the dark circle. She said that if you only put the concealer on the dark circle itself then it will actually make the dark circle more noticeable. She demonstrated this technique and I loved the results so much I decided to purchase the concealer I was considering, which was different from the one I had purchased previously. This time, I went with the Mineralizing concealer which is more moisturizing and has a bit of an iridescent sheen to it and has the coverage that I need. And so far so good, I am loving my new concealer and I love the lighter shade. It really brightens up under the eye and I do not see as much dryness at the end of the day. I would say this is great concealer for someone who has dry skin, needs a fair amount of coverage and who needs a bit of brightening. So what about you? Do you use concealer? If so do you use it under the eye? What do you look for in a concealer?
nothing is worse then dry crepey skin with noticeable concealer for that Tammy Faye Baker look
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