Feb 17, 2014

Concealers Part 1: Blemishes

I'd like to share with you all I've learned about concealers and the different ways I like to use them.  This is part one and I'll focus on concealing blemishes.

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.


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.


1 comment:

  1. excellent tips and product reviews! this will help me with my shopping :)