- Using concealer takes your look from beautiful to exquisite.
We’ve all seen beautifully shot models in fashion magazines, their faces as perfect as if they’ve never known a day with a blemish or discoloration. Even though we all know the model was photoshopped to the hilt and had a top makeup artist working his/her magic, we still believe that there is a slight possibility this woman actually has perfect skin. Well, as a beauty editor for the past thirteen years, I can assure you, there is no such thing as perfect skin. There is however a little makeup secret that all of the world’s most beautiful and photographed women swear by and that’s concealer. Unlike foundation, the art of concealing is a bit more intricate. There are various methods and beliefs systems behind the right way and the wrong way to use concealer. In order to make things clear, I am going to discuss the two best ways to use concealer and highlight a few of the best brands for women of color.
The art of concealing is all about diminishing areas of discoloration, blemishes and acne or acne scars in order to create the flawless canvas with which to paint one’s masterpiece. I believe that every woman should own two concealers. The first concealer should be in the exact shade of your current skintone. This concealer is for those small areas that need to be covered and is especially great for those days when you don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but still want to look pulled together. The other concealer shade should be one shade lighter than your current skintone. This shade is strictly for underneath the eyes and is a great way to add lightness and help make the eyes pop. It is usually applied before you apply your foundation and will give the area underneath your eyes a healthy looking glow. This shade is also good for eradicating undereye bags or dark circles.
When applying concealer, you can use your ring finger or a small synthetic makeup brush. It is important to warm up the product on the back of your hand as concealer is a more concentrated form of foundation and needs a little warmth in order to apply properly. Here are my three favorite brands of concealer for women of color:
Laura Mercier, Undercover Pot, $34, www.lauramercier.com
Bobbi Brown, Concealer Kit, $32, www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
MAC Cosmetics, Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer, $17, www.maccosmetics.com