Conceal and Carry Laws
Unless you are one of the lucky few to have even skin tone and no blemishes, then chances are you’ve used concealers. And, if you’re anything like me, you have had a love/hate relationship with them.
However, it is possible to turn that into a love/love relationship! It’s just a matter of knowing which type of concealer is right for your skin type and the best ways to apply them.
Normal to Dry Skin: Cream concealer
This is the most common type of concealer. Opaque and creamy, this workhorse of a concealer is great for everything from undereye circles to acne to hyperpigmentation. The trick with this type of concealer is to apply it by tapping it into your skin with your ring or middle fingers and finishing the blending with a blending sponge or a concealer brush. Make sure you get into the corner of your eyes and up to your brow bone. If you miss any dark areas, you are still going to look like you’re sleepier than you are!
Oily and Sensitive Skin:
When you have oily skin, the last thing you feel like doing is applying a cream-based concealer. But you may still have the camouflage needs as those with normal to dry skin. In this instance, you would want to use a mineral powder concealer. More pigmented and thicker than a traditional mineral foundation, this concealer exemplifies the saying “a little goes a long way”. The trick to applying this concealer is a light hand building the powder. Don’t overwhelm the area needing coverage. Lightly applying and buffing with a shadow blending brush will ensure you get the right amount without looking cakey.
Anti-Aging, Excessively Dark Circles:
Youthful, healthy skin reflects light. As we age, our skin becomes ashier and much more dull. If you face this problem or have deep circles under your eyes. you’re going to want to use a light-reflecting concealer to help give the appearance of more youthful, radiant skin. This is because other concealer types can sink into any fine lines and wrinkles when it is applied in the amount needed to cover up aging, dark eye areas. The light reflecting products instead have a trompe l’oeil effect, lightening and covering the area through reflective minerals. It works like a charm every time.
To apply, you want to pat the product into the skin and then buff out with a concealer brush or sponge.
Be sure to stop by The Gilded Girl for demonstrations on these products and to learn which one is best for you!
- Elizabeth Quesnelle