Although my summer acne flare-ups have definitely calmed down, my skin still has some flaws that even the strongest of Instagram filters can’t hide. Luckily, red spots, brown spots, purple spots, and more are all easily camouflaged by the Nudestix Concealer Pencil.
This pencil concealer quickly became my favorite to use in a pinch since it works so well on various forms of imperfections. It’s creamy enough to blend under eyes, but also holds up when spread over raised bumps or other flaws. You know those days when you’re doing your makeup while simultaneously brushing your hair and getting dressed for work because you stayed out about three margaritas later than expected the previous night and you’re running about three hours behind? This multitasking concealer will cover those under-eye circles from lack of sleep (and too much tequila), the zits that decided to take up residence on your chin, and that weird redness that shows up around your nose. Bacon, egg, and cheese not included.
New-to-me brand Nudestix was founded by adorable sister duo Ally and Taylor, paired with the brain of their mom Jenny, a chemical engineer. The entire premise behind their brand is “go nude, but better” to appeal to their barely-there makeup preferences.
The product not only comes in a variety of shades for all skin tones, but is housed in a reusable black tin with an application mirror and a sharpener. Is that genius or what? Kinda like the product.
PRICE TAG: $24 (buy here)
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As the name suggest, the Miracle Skin Transformer is kind of a, well, miracle concealer. I like to think of it as my skin’s new happy pills because, without it, my complexion would be seriously depressed. Allow me to tell of my skin woes as of late. I recently discovered that I have a herniated disc in my cervical spine and, as expected, I’ve been in tremendous pain. After weeks of trying to treat it in an alternative style (lots of flaxseed oil that, by the way, made my skin and eyes appear glowing!), I finally succumbed and went to the doctor. He put me on a heavy duty round of steroids and gave me an epidural shot in my neck (same name as the shot you get when giving birth, very different shot, however). Yes, the picture below is of the actual needle in my neck, and yes, I am showing off (a bit). I HAD A NEEDLE IN MY NECK – it’s the craziest thing that’s happened to me all year (granted, it’s only March, a lot can still happen).
Why am I rambling on about neck pain — and why I am telling you all of this? Might I be verging on over share? Well, here’s where the concealer comes in. Anyone who has taken steroids can attest to the hyper-agro and aggressive personality shift, ravenous appetite and surge of hormones creating – for skin types like mine – a massive acne breakout. When I say breakout I mean, a serious teenage-like flare up. Let me put it this way: I had lunch with a girlfriend the other day – sans the concealer – and she gasped after looking at my face. “Oh my God, you are so broken out.” At least I know she’s not a liar.
Life can’t just stop because my hormones decided to go A-wall and pimples covered my once fairly decent complexion, so I did what any beauty enthusiast would do and I hit the makeup kit. I tried concealer after concealer – my tried and tested favorites – foundation over concealer plus powder. Any combination, I tried it but nothing was doing my face any justice. I either looked like I was wearing loads of makeup (which I was) or I still looked like I was in the midst of an adult onset acne breakout.
And that’s when I pulled out the Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal. I had used it a few times in the past, so I knew it had major coverage capabilities, but how major, I could not have dreamed of. A few dabs on all affected areas, a light tapping under my eyes (because pain has a way of making it look like you just got the sh*t beaten out of you, and nothing shows exhaustion like dark circles) and it was almost as though the zits were gone. The redness was immediately covered, the dark circles disappeared and the pimples, while still raised, looked more like a skin mole or bump as opposed to full scale acne. The formula has a very unique consistency – it’s a cream concealer but, once applied, it feels like a silky powder. The kicker is that this stuff doesn’t apply cakey or make skin look over dry, but rather very smooth with an airbrushed look – and it lasts a good portion of the day (seriously!). The company explains that the concealer is “multifunctional with powerful hydration, treatment and protection benefits.” Ingredients like marine collagen, white rose, chamomile extracts soothe the skin while still giving you full coverage.
Yes, I think my face has found it’s my new best friend. She comes in a small tube, costs $36 and has yet to disappoint. Available in four shades.
One of my absolute favorite concealer companies, Dermablend, conducted a great Q&A for the upcoming award season. Wanna know how to cover-up a tattoo? Or hide an imperfection? Straight from Dermablend makeup artist Jose Parron are the answers… and the products that’ll do the trick!
What would be the quickest method for a celebrity to cover tattoos when walking the red carpet?
The quickest method to covering a tattoo is to first make sure the skin is properly cleansed and moisturized. Then, use the Dermablend Leg & Body Tattoo Primer to cover the affected areas. The primer neutralizes the different colors and pigments in tattoos and allows an easy, smooth application. Next, choose the closest shade to your skin of the Leg & Body Cover Foundation — apply in a smooth up and down motion, blending outward on the perimeter of the tattoo. Additional coverage can be applied using the finger tips on darker or difficult areas. Allow approximately three minutes of dry time. After which, apply a liberal amount of the setting powder over the entire area, let it set for a few minutes and then brush off.
Which Dermablend products would you recommend to most effectively cover skin imperfections for awards shows?
The Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer’s fine pigmentation is perfect for HD TV and bright lights. Apply the concealer smoothly and easily with minimum effort. It requires no setting time or touch ups and lasts up to 12 hours.
Any tips you would give a celebrity on how to best get flawless skin for the red carpet? Which Dermablend products would you recommend?
Beneath bright lights, under eye circles can appear darker by the veins at the bridge of the nose. Blend Quick Fix Concealer (pictured) from under the eye up towards the bridge of the nose for optimal coverage and a “bright-eyed” effect. Dermablend’s Quick Fix Concealer is a perfect on-the-go solution, serves as a constant safety net and fits perfectly in your clutch!
Quick Fix can also be used as an eye shadow base. Choose a shade slightly darker than your own skin tone and apply on the lids for a smooth, long wearing canvas to your favorite eye shadows.
Additionally, prior to lipstick or lip liner application, Quick Fix can be used around the perimeter of the mouth to create a clean surface and fuller-looking lips. Then apply lipstick/liner as usual.
Amazing Concealer — literally, that’s its name cause it’s really that amazing! It’s highly pigmented and covers nearly every skin imperfection. Gone be that pesky little zit! Tired eyes? Not anymore.
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer is waterproof and blends seamlessly for a natural and flawless complexion. It doesn’t cake and it literally removes all redness from the skin. The formula comes in 7 shades so there is definitely one to suit your skin tone. I use it to cover imperfections like scars and pimples and to help hide undereye darkness — all in one, one in all.
Here’s a word (or several…) from the company:
“The AmazingConcealer is formulated to erase all skin imperfections: Dark circles, broken capillaries, sun damage, blemishes, redness and more. There’s nothing on the market today that can compare to the AmazingConcealer and it’s ability to erase all skin imperfections. Unlike traditional concealers, the AmazingConcealer is so concentrated, you only need to use tiny pin-dot amounts of product to create the skin you’ve always wanted but thought you could never have. A beauty insider’s favorite, the AmazingConcealer is your “magic eraser.”
At $42.00 a tube, this stuff is not cheap, but a little goes a long way (dab with fingers or use a concealer brush – as you choose), and it’ll last you quite some time. Also, thanks to the waterproof formula, no need to continually be reapplying!
These days, concealer is a necessary step in my beauty routine. I need full coverage, but nothing that looks cakey (I loathe the piled-on appearance). I’ve tried – and loved – many a concealer, but my current fave is tarte’s The Eraser… genius name as it really does erase skin imperfections!
Let’s break it down:
- Covers up blemishes
- natural ingredients that treat and soothe irritated skin and blemishes
- eye shadow base (to ride the creasing)
- lip base (to stop the feathering)
This “click” stick works like a gem (and reminds us a bit of YSL’s coveted Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter, but for half the price and full coverage). I’m SO pleased with the results and I’m confident that by using the cover-up on my zits (yuck), it won’t clog my pores or lead to further breakouts.
Such a need-to-own-asap product…. especially for us ladies prone to unruly breakouts!
PRICE TAG: $19.00
I mentioned this product in passing during a recent post, but I don’t think I gave it enough emphasis.
Senna’s Total Transforming Concealer is a miracle cover-up! It’s light yet provides full coverage, although it’s never cakey or splotchy. It works wonders for the under eyes thanks to the botanical daisy extract that reduces puffiness and the crease-proof formula that sits above the lines and wrinkles, not in them. It’s also brilliant for blemishes as it totally reduces the redness and covers them completely. I have it with me at all times for a quick pick-me-up cover up!
The cute, tiny vile is so convenient for on-the-go travel. It’s paired with a wand so you can cover with the aid of the sponge or dab the concealer on your index finger and then pat into your skin (**never rub** – that just spreads bacteria and creates more wrinkles!).
The concealer comes in 7 shades, ranging from Cool Light for fair skins to Dark for deeper complexions. I use the Neutral Medium for medium olive skin tones (and it’s pretty damn spot on… no pun intended!).
This concealer is SO awesome that I can safely say it will become your new fave!
PRICE TAG: $22.00 for .024 oz
To find out all about how to apply concealer and choose the correct color for your skin tone, with quotes from some of the best makeup artists in the biz, click HERE.
And now, as promised, here are some of MY favorite concealers (in no particular order of favor)…
Physicians Formula Conceal Rx™ Physicians Strength Concealer – Maximum coverage, lasts for twelve hours. Works on blemishes, scars, age spots, dark circles, rosacea and hyperpigmentation! This is truly an all-in-one concealer! $7.95
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer – The ideal under-eye concealer. It contains tensine, an active ingredient with skin-firming properties for the eye area. It’s also great as a highlighter for cheekbones and chin. And it’s an awesome eye-shadow base, just apply to your lid prior to shadow… will help the makeup last hours longer! $21.00
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer – It comes with a wand, which I love. Full coverage, great for blemishes and under eyes. Skin-brightening ingredients help to reduce redness and give skin a more even tone. Smooths away lines and wrinkles for a more youthful look. $14.00
True Protective Illuminating Concealer – A neutralizer and two concealers in one fantastic palette! It contains anti-oxidants and vitamin E to brighten and protect the eye area. You can mix the colors together to match any area of your face, be it under eyes, blemishes, redness, etc. $30.00
Lancome Absolue Radiant Smoothing Concealer – The ideal under eye concealer. Brightens eyes, smooths lines and wrinkles, and softens the effects of dark circles. Easy to apply (with your finger) and dabs on gently for medium to full coverage. $30.00
MAC Studio Finish Concealer with SPF 35 – Great for blemishes. Lightweight and opaque (so it doesn’t look cakey). Contains Silica to help adsorb the skin’s oils. Water proof with SPF so it’s great for outings to the beach! Blends very easily and provides full coverage. $14.50
DermaBlend Cover Duet – I recently wrote an entire post about this incredible product (click HERE to read). It’s a heavy duty concealer with two colors to custom blend to match your skin. Covers ANYTHING and EVERYTHING without looking cakey. Lasts for up to 16 hours! $21.50
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Palette Cream – Five colors come in one palette so that you can blend and customize your perfect shade for every type of coverage – eyes, blemishes, redness, uneven skin tone… all of it! This is the ultimate concealer palette! Provides full coverage. Easy to blend. $36.00
Have a favorite that we missed! Let us know… leave it in the comment box below!
Clear skin is always in… and if you don’t have it, you fake it! A flawless complexion is what we women strive for. Although genetics play a crucial role in who gets bestowed with the porcelain skin, the right concealer can be just as beneficial!
Applying concealer can be somewhat of a daunting feat. Too much looks cakey. Too little doesn’t do the trick. And how about the bevy of colors… yellows, pinks, even greens! Certain colors combat specific areas of your face (i.e. dark circles as opposed to pimples) and it’s important to know what type of concealer to use, and where. And, of course, how to apply? Brush, finger, straight from the wand?
The truth is, each concealer has its purpose… you just need to educate yourself on the pros and cons and sift through the hype, straight to the core. How to apply concealer? We asked some of our FAVORITE makeup artists for their wise and helpful tips…
Here’s A Girl’s Guide to Concealer:
Emmy nominated makeup artist Patty Bunch has this to say about applying concealer to the ever-sensitive under eye area:
- Always start with a nourishing Eye Cream to hydrate your delicate eye tissue.
- There are many shades of Concealer. Pick a color that matches your undertone. If it’s blue pick a color that’s has a slight peach tone. Orange reutilizes blue. If you have red undertones pick a concealer that has a slight yellow tone. Yellow neutralizes red.
- Once you’ve made your choice, pick a shade that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin tone.
- With clean fingers apply the concealer mixing with your favorite Eye Cream or Gel. Warm the mixture between your fingertips and stipple starting at the inside corners and blend out. Stipple delicately several times to push the formula into the pores.
Prescriptives Director of Artistry, Jillian Veran, offers these tips to applying concealer to the eye area:
- Most dark circles start at the very inner corner of the eye and drop to the top of the cheek bone, creating a deep line of demarcation as we age. Using the top flat side of the applicator (sponge), dot the concealer from the inner corner of the eye down and around toward the top of the cheek bone. The shape would look like a crescent moon.
- Using the ring finger, tap upward toward the under lash line and inner corner until smooth.
Lancôme’s National Artistic Director, Robert Cook, offers these incredible tips :
- When applying concealer it is always best to start with a very hydrating cream all over the face and eye area.
- After the eye area is hydrated, use a concealer brush and apply concealer only to the darkest areas. Most people apply to the entire under eye when only a small area may need attention. If concealer is put where it is not needed, you lose the highlighting effect.
- When choosing a concealer for the under eye area, it is best to go a little darker than you might normally think. Choose a concealer with a yellow or gold undertone.
- Often, women choose concealers that are too light which ultimately do not have enough color in them to neutralize purple or blue areas. This can make the circle under the eyes look muddy or grey.
For spot correction, Cook suggests:
- The concealer to use for spot correction on other parts of the face (side of the nose, blemishes, etc.) should be the same tone and color intensity of your skin or one or two shades lighter.
- Using the concealer brush, apply the lighter concealer with a tapping/ patting motion so you do not disturb the makeup underneath the concealer.
- If you feel like you have applied too much, pat a small amount of moisturizer over makeup. This will give a radiant glow and eliminate any dehydration. (LOVE THIS TIP!)
Makeup artist Cari Lynn Orr of Starlet Cosmetics has these great tips for applying concealer evenly:
- Try to use a small, sable or nylon brush in order to apply the product appropriately and evenly.
- Warm up your concealer on your skin(or hand) first, it will warm to your body temperature and smooth on with a flawless finish.
And in regards to choosing the appropriate color, Orr says:
- Salmon colored undertones work great on the undereye to diminish blue based dark undereyes.
Kevin Bennett, Director of Artistry for MAKE UP FOR EVER, explains how to apply the perfect amount of concealer:
- The key to making concealer conceal and not cake is using small amounts.
- I find it best to take a tiny amount of concealer on a soft synthetic brush and thin it out on the heal of my palm. I then apply very thin layers until the desired coverage is achieved.
- It’s always better to apply a few thin, well blended coats as opposed to one thick layer (which will inevitably cake, crack and look horrible).
And when choosing the correct color, Bennett suggests:
- For normal concealing try a concealer about 1 shade lighter than your foundation/skin color. For noticeable or intense dark circles, try to match your skintone exactly.
- To color correct excessively purple/grey discoloration try a peach tinted concealer.
- For excessive redness, try for a stronger olive undertoned concealer.
Wow, that’s a ton of useful information! So, next time you’re in the market for a new concealer, check back to this post before purchasing!
And next week, we’ll be posting our favorite concealers on the market!!! Let us know which concealer you DIE over!