I know I'm not alone in saying that blemishes are my nemesis. I have fought with them as long as I can remember and I'm sure I've tried most concealers on the market over the past 15+ years. In my teens I swore by Covergirl (the liquid with a wand formula) and that did very well for me as far as I can remember! In my early twenties I got into Clinique and used probably dozens of their concealers over the years. Once I started working in my mid-twenties I really branched out into other brands.
My current rotation of concealers for blemishes:
Benefit Erase Paste in the Shade No. 1 Fair is my go-to blemish concealer. I have used at least 3 or 4 of these tubs in their entirety. It is $32 from Sephora.
- The colour is a good match for me most of the year
- It has a relatively thick consistency
- It has full coverage
- It lasts all day
- It "plays nice" with my foundation and powder
- It handles raised bumps and scabs from healing blemishes
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Medium 1 Custard is my latest addition to my blemish covering arsenal. I use the shade Light 2 Vanilla as an under-eye concealer but it is a little too light for use around my mouth and nose. I've been using this product for about a month and am liking it so far. It is $32 from Sephora.
- The colour is a good match for my winter skin
- It has a medium, buildable coverage
- It has a nice, creamy consistency and isn't too sticky
- It blends nicely on top of my Lancome Teint Idole foundation.
Revlon Photoready Concealer in the shade 001 Fair is one that I bought after reading about it online. Several beauty bloggers recommended this product - as they often do the Revlon line as a whole. I was really surprised! For a $10 concealer (compared to my $30 NARS product) this was a great buy! I've been using it for about 6 months and I will definitely re-purchase. It is $11.99 from Well.ca.
- The colour is perfect for me - blends in seamlessly
- It is so easy to use as I just twist up and apply it from the tube
- It is nice and creamy and blends without creasing
- I like to apply this under foundation if my skin is especially bad because it doesn't interfere with foundation at all
- It is perfect to carry in my purse for mid-day touch-ups.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in the shade NW20 is a product I use every single day - whether I'm doing a full face or not. This is my holy-grail concealer for any discolouration in my skin - sun damage or pigmentation. This stuff is magical, I swear. I bought it when I ran out of Benefit Boi-ing (a REALLY good concealer - $26 from Sephora). It is $22 online from MAC.
- It applies beautifully with a concealer brush (I use the MAC 195 to apply)
- It buffs out seamlessly (I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer 57)
- I can use it under or over my foundation.
- It is the perfect little portable pot to slip into any makeup bag or travel kit
Brushes for concealer:
When you are dealing with blemishes, brushes are really important. First of all if you have acne or pimples - you need to avoid using your fingers as that will add bacteria and slow the healing. Also, touching the blemishes can make them even redder.
- I use the MAC 195 brush (I have two of them - they are awesome) to apply my concealer. It is $28.50 from MAC.
- I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer 57 brush to buff out the edges of my concealer. It is $29 from Sephora.
Here you can see the shades on my skin. I haven't blended obviously so you can see what the original shade looks like.
I hope that this proves useful to some readers! Next up - using concealers for under-eye coverage.