Concealer is the unsung hero of our makeup bag. It discreetly helps us hide any perceived flaws or distractions we may not like so we can stop obsessing about them (you know we do!) and focus on enhancing our best features. Different problems call for different solutions, so this week I’m going to discuss our different concealers and what they do, to help you find the best one to suit your needs.
Active Light Under-Eye Concealer– Active Light Under-eye Concealer adds light to your face wherever you need it. It brightens under-eye circles and also contains buckwheat extract to reduce puffiness and cucumber extract to soothe. It has a light texture and is relatively sheer. It can also be used on other areas of your face that you want to brighten, like the bridge of your nose, top of cheeks, or brow bone.
How to apply: My favorite way of applying Active Light Under-eye Concealer is to place small dots under my eyes and then gently pat it to blend, with my ring finger. A great trick is to draw short lines, like the rays of the sun, from the under eye area to the tops of cheekbones. This brightens dark circles and highlights all at once. A little goes a long way. Until you get used to using the right amount for you, check in a mirror 30 minutes after applying. If you have some creasing, pat gently with the ring finger and apply a little less next time.
Best use: Active Light Under-eye Concealer is best to use if you have slight under eye discoloration or puffiness and is perfect to create a brighter, more wide-awake look.
Circle/Delete Concealer– Circle/Delete Concealer is very emollient in texture and provides more opaque coverage. It is nourishing and helps hold in moisture. Due to its texture it is important to keep this concealer away from your lower lash line if you are wearing eye liner, as it may cause your eye liner to smudge. Circle/Delete Concealer is not only great for deeper under eye discoloration, but also works well to lighten the nasal-labial folds (puppet lines) around the mouth, to give a refreshed and lifted look.
How to apply: The best way to apply Circle/Delete Concealer is with the Camouflage Brush. Using the brush pick up some of the concealer and apply using short criss-cross motions on the area you are trying to cover, this will allow the product to get into any tiny crevices and cover your under eye circles thoroughly. Continue to pat with your ring finger warming the product into my skin. As with Active Light Under-eye Concealer, check for creasing after applying.
Best use: Circle/Delete Concealer is a good choice if you have dry or dehydrated skin, fine lines or darker under eye circles.
Enlighten Concealer™ – Enlighten Concealer is perfect for those with very dark circles, hyperpigmentation or bruising. It has full coverage due to a mixture of concentrated extracts of Amazonian Marapuama, Suma Root and White Lily, which are all plants that reduce the appearance of dark under-eyes and puffiness. These plants also brighten and revitalize the look of tired eyes and hydrate the eye area to help that delicate skin to look firmer and smoother.
How to apply: Dip a Camouflage Brush into the pan of concealer. Gently dab and pat the product onto your under-eye area. Work the product into the skin until you can no longer see any harsh lines between the product and your skin. Use the warmth and gentle touch of your ring finger to press and melt the product into your skin, this will ensure a natural, flawless application.
Best use: Enlighten Concealer is best for those with very dark under-eye circles who need additional coverage.
Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer– Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer is great for spot treatment of acne. It contains two sides; the Zap side treats acne spots while the Hide side is perfect for concealing your blemishes. The concealer comes in yellow tones, which are great for counteracting redness.
How to apply: You may apply this product directly to your skin. However, if you are breaking out you may choose to apply it using the Camouflage Brush to prevent any bacteria transfer. Wash your brush with mild soap following the application.
Best use: Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer works best if you suffer from occasional breakouts, as it conceals while it heals.
Disappear Concealer – Disappear Concealer is a full coverage concealer that works best for more pronounced acne breakouts as well as redness and tattoo coverage. Green tea extract calms and protects against free radicals and acne bacteria.
How to apply: Squeeze a little Disappear Concealer onto a Camouflage brush and apply to the area you are trying to cover. To cover tattoos, layer Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder using the Flocked Sponge and Disappear Concealer using the Camouflage Brush to receive the fullest form of coverage.
Best use: Disappear Concealer is best used if you have redness, acne or tattoos.
Corrective Colors – Corrective Colors is a professional palette created for camouflaging all the stages of bruising. It also covers hyperpigmentation flawlessly. This four-color palette is all you need to coverage any bruise. The yellow conceals redness and can be used to conceal acne spots or rosacea. The peach hides blues, purples and greys and can also be used to conceal dark under-eye circles. The lilac covers yellow shades and the beige conceals hyperpigmentation.
How to use: Using your finger or a Camouflage Brush, take the color that conceals your skin concern and gently pat and press it over the skin, apply a second layer as needed. To ensure that your concealer stays all day, sweep your shade of PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation over the skin to lock your look into place.
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