Noone’s skin is perfect. Between blemishes, discoloration and bad habits that leave our skin telling a story we would rather keep hidden from the public, concealer is often a vital part of our makeup routine. As is evident by my concealer collection pictured above, I have been on a constant quest for a concealer that covers my dark under eye circles without settling into those fine lines that came out of nowhere on my fortieth birthday. Color correcting (with Bobbi Brown corrector) has been part of my routine for awhile now as well. So not only am I looking for a product that works, but also one that plays wells with others in the sandbox that is my makeup collection. Fortunately for me, there are a lot of great products flooding the market right now as well as some old favorites. So I thought we would take a look at my top five which surprisingly no longer contains the NARS Radiant Concealer or the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye, both of which are really really good and have been favorites for years! Nonetheless, here are my current top five:
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer: So I picked this one up back in August on a back to school shopping trip to the mall with Bella and Jamie. We had been discussing the awesome staying power of Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks and tattoo liner and I thought I should give this one a try on my dark circles. After all, if it can cover up a tattoo, it has to be able to coverup a sleepless night or two…or five. This is definitely high coverage and builds nicely although honestly I like it better for discoloration and spots elsewhere on my face rather than as an under eye concealer. It has a very heavy, somewhat tacky, consistency that needs to be set with powder. While it works under the eyes on darkness, I think it can emphasize the fine lines a bit more than I would like when applied with the traditional under eye triangle method. For me, it works best under the eye if I apply it a bit lower on the dark circle itself and blend upward to keep the layer of concealer very thin up toward the lash line and inner corner.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer: This Concealer has been sold out EVERYWHERE, for good reason! It really is quite good. The consistency is slightly thinner or lighter that the Kat Von D, but the coverage is equally as impressive. I find this one settles less into the lines and doesn’t dry out as much throughout the day. It can be set with powder, but doesn’t feel sticky with just a setting spray. However, the doe foot applicator is huge compared to other concealers, which may result in it being applied to heavily. Therefore, a dotting method and blending out from there works best for me when applying this concealer to the undereye area. Of course it blends well elsewhere on the face as well so there is no need to pack extra products in your makeup bag or travel kit, but I do prefer the Kat Von D on blemishes and discolorations if space is not an issue.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer: This gem from Urban Decay gets a lot of love from makeup addicts like me. It’s the perfect combination of light weight texture and performance. As a result, it has earned its place in my makeup bag for afternoon touch ups and travel. If you only have room for one concealer in your bag (or in your budget) consider the Naked Concealer. It blends well and locks down with either translucent powder or the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I find I have to build it up a bit to cover really dark areas but, like the others, it also layers well over my Bobby Brown Corrector, so it is not a strong enough negative not to show it the love it deserves.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: I wanted to include two options from the drugstore as well. In looking at my collection, one thing is clear, when it comes to affordable concealer, Maybelline is my preference. Their Master Concealer is a dupe for the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye. Their Fit Me Concealer is a dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the SuperStay Better Skin Concealer is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Concealer. However, this one was an easy selection. I have gone through at least six of these in the last two years between the neutralizer, light and brightener shades. It has a much lighter consistency then the others and goes on with a domed sponge tip applicator. Blend out the edges with a soft tapping of your ring finger and you’re good to go! Definitely one of the best from Maybelline. Although the others I mentioned do a better job at covering blemishes and discoloration, the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser is hands down the best from the brand for undereye coverage.
L’Oreal Magiclumi Highlighter: OK so I’m not sure this one actually counts as concealer since I rarely rely on it as my sole undereye product except for days I’m just running around doing errands and don’t really want to wear makeup – a little cc cream and a touch of this and I’m good to go. However,since we’re talking about concealing my sleepless nights, this baby is a must have in my opinion. Once I’ve done all I can to cover up the darkness I pop a tiny bit of this lovely brightening liquid into the inner corner of my eye and it’s better than six cups of coffee. ‘Nough said!
I’m thinking this would be a good series leading up to the end of the year in place of my usual favorite beauty products of the year post. Tell me what you think over in the comments on our Facebook page and if you have a favorite I haven’t tried yet, tell me that too!