A Guide to Concealers: No Makeup Makeup
Happy Sunday Beauties!
It's a beautiful day and the sun is shining nice and bright! Today I wanted to talk about concealers, their different formulas, and when to use them for what area. I recently shared on my youtube channel a way to do "no makeup" makeup and I used no foundation, only concealers. I wanted to explain more in the video, but due to limited time I could not, so I am explaining it all in this post.
To start off, there are two main categories in concealers: cream and liquid.
Cream concealers are great for a no makeup look because their consistencies mimic skin more than liquid concealers. Cream concealers should be used for coverups such as acne or scarring on the face. The reason you want to use a cream concealer on these areas is because you want to conceal, not highlight, those areas. Cream concealers conceal while liquid concealers highlight.
With cream concealers I would also suggest getting a shade that is closer to your skin since you will be covering up and you don't want a light shade as it will accentuate a blemish. These types of concealers are also great for when you want to have "no makeup" makeup, or a "my skin but better" look.
I also recommend having two cream concealers: one for blemishes that is close to your skin shade and one that is slightly lighter to cover up under eye or hyper-pigmented areas.
For under the eyes you want to use a concealer that is a little more moisturizing, and if you're like me and have dark circles, you will need something that is a little brighter than your skin tone. The under eye area is also more sensitive so you need to provide more moisture to the area, thus using a creamier product.
Liquid concealers are what you need if you want to highlight an area on your face.
Liquid concealers are great for when you want a complete full face with contouring and highlighting. You want to use this to bring attention to areas where you want more light to show. The most commonly used places for liquid concealers is under the eye, forehead, bridge of nose, and sometimes chin as well. You can see from the image below that I used the liquid highlighter in the areas listed above.
Liquid concealers should be bought in lighter shades because you want to use them to bring attention to certain areas. You also want a lighter shade because you want to balance out the darker shade done from contouring.
Here is a comparison between the two different types of concealers:
You can clearly see where the cream concealer will blend into the skin and camouflage itself whereas the liquid concealer will stand out and bring more attention.
I hope that this post will help you understand a bit more about concelers and how to use them. As always please leave me a comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions.
You can also see the cream concealers at work in this video below:
You can see more about the use of liquid concealers in this video below: