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7 Things to Look for in a Concealer ...

Alicia Fannin

7 Things to Look for in a Concealer ...

There’re a lot of different things to look for in a concealer. Concealer can be an important part of your makeup routine. It can work wonders at hiding an unsightly blemish or covering up dark circles. These are some things to look for in a concealer when you’re shopping for one.

1 The Correct Shade

One of the key things to look for in a concealer is the correct shade. You generally want to choose a concealer that matches your skin tone or is just a shade lighter. Going a bit lighter can actually give a bit of a luminous appearance but this is something you have to do carefully. Concealer is definitely not a makeup item that you want to go darker in. Going darker can actually call attention to your problem areas.

2 Good Coverage

You want your concealer to cover well, of course. Concealer should be better at covering your problem areas than your foundation is. This is one reason that concealer is sometimes a bit thicker than foundation, to give better coverage. Some women can get by with only a concealer if it covers well. They simply cover their problem areas and they’re set to go for the day.

3 Meets Your Needs

It’s good to think about what you need out of a concealer before you purchase one. Concealer can be used for different purposes. The most common are to cover dark circles and blemishes but it can also be used to cover scars or redness. You may find that different concealers work best for different skin issues. For example, there’re actually some light green concealers that work great for covering redness.

4 Doesn’t Cake

This one’s pretty important. You want your concealer to cover but you don’t want it to cake. Having your concealer cake is very frustrating. When it cakes, it can gather in fine lines and wrinkles that you may have. It can also draw attention to that area of your face which is exactly what you don’t want.

5 Blends Easily

It’s important that your concealer blends easily. Here’s a little secret for you. If it blends easily, it will probably be less likely to cake. Caking can be a direct result of not being blended well. Some people find that they can blend their concealer more easily with a concealer brush than their fingers.

6 Long Lasting

You want your concealer to last all day. No one enjoys taking the time to apply concealer to find that it’s disappeared two hours later. A lot of these factors can only be discovered after you spend some time using a concealer. Thankfully, a lot of stores have generous return policies on their makeup so you can get your money back if the concealer doesn’t live up to its promises. Another way to find out how good a concealer is would be to read some reviews on it before you make your purchase.

7 Fits Your Budget

There are so many different concealers out there that in a variety of price ranges. You need to think about what you want to spend on a concealer. There’re a lot of great high-end concealers but there’s no need to stress if you can’t afford them. There are also drugstore concealers that can work beautifully. Deciding your budget for a concealer before you go shopping is a good idea.

These’re 7 things to look for in a concealer. Now, I’d love to hear from you. What’s your all-time favorite concealer?