I’ve been asked lots of questions in my 15 years of beauty journalisming (I made that word up).
After such a long time, I start to see patterns in what people ask and the common questions that arise time and time again. One of the things I get asked often is “what’s a good concealer?”.
“Um, for both?” is the usual reply.
This is when I explain that it’s best to have two different concealers, because they do very different things.
Need help finding the right concealer? Leigh Campbell and Kelly McCarren talk you through the process:
Under eye concealer:
The skin under the eyes is much thinner than that on the rest of the face. The area also has less sebaceous glands (the pores that produce oil), so the area is naturally less lubricated.
For that reason, thick, mattifying concealers will sit in lines and emphasise any dryness or crepey skin. The best under eye concealers are most often (but not always) in pen or liquid form and offer light to medium coverage. They might also contain what are called ‘light reflecting particles’ which means they bounce the light away from the area, diminishing the look of dark circles.
Despite what many YouTubers will have you believe, you only need about a rice-sized amount of concealer for under each eye. Apply it to the very inner corner, where circles are darkest, and blend gently outwards with your ring finger.
Concealer for spots:
Coverup for spots, be they pimples, acne scars or pigmentation, is a different story altogether.
Here, you want serious staying power and a matte finish so as to not draw the eye to the area you’re trying to hide.
These concealers generally come in pot or stick form and are thick, highly-pigmented and offer full coverage.
Concealing sun spots and scarring is as simple as swiping on the concealer (after foundation and before powder), and patting with a finger to blend at the edges.