Nobody can pull off dark circles. The are just not cute. So please, please please use concealer. It's makes your face look fresh, finished and flawless. I know it can seem like an extra step that is just over the top. But it can make all the difference in the world. So how to pick the right shade? All day long women ask me to match their foundation, but when it comes to their concealer they just grab any light color. I have to stop them and say no, what is your undertone, what area are you wanting to conceal... all these things come into play when picking a concealer.
You want your foundation to match your skin tone perfectly. You want your concealer to be just a shade or 2 lighter than your skin,
The exception is when you are covering pimples. It's best to use a concealer that matches your skin exactly when it comes to covering pimples. This is because you want to apply the concealer AFTER the foundation and you don't want that spot to stand out.
Most women need a yellow-based, not pink-based concealer, because it flatters all skin types. The darker the skin, you might look better in orange-based concealers. PLEASE TEST BEFORE YOU BUY!!! That means putting it on and wearing it for a few hours.
The Different Types of Concealer
Most women use concealer to lighten the areas under the eyes. Others use concealer to cover up pimples, acne scars, tattoos and even spider veins. Concealers are not a one-size fits all formula. Different concealers work on different problem areas. Here's a rundown:
Best Basic Under Eye Concealers:
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Best Drugstore Buys - Maybelline New York Cover Stick, Queen Collection & NYX
Best Corrective - Make Up For Ever Corrective Make Up Base in Blue 5 & Black Opal
Best to Cover Up Under-Eye Circles - Sue Devitt Automatic Camouflage, NARS & Clinique
Best Pimple Concealer - Dermablend Smooth Concealer. Smashbox & MAC
Best Highlighters - Laura Mercier's Secret Brightener & Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat - One of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat concealers ($35) is sold every 20 seconds around the world - Touche Eclat is more a highlighter than a concealer and is meant to "illuminate." - dot just below the brow and under the eyes, along the nose and under the lip -- anywhere that has shadows.
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