Makeup 101: Concealers that Cover

So you just woke up (late) and there is a new enemy in your life: that zit on your forehead, which is especially perfect because you have class in about 10 minutes. You need a quick and easy way to cover it up (and those scary raccoon under-eye circles, while you’re at it), without turning into that girl with light colored goo spread all over her face. You know who I’m talkin’ about…

Concealer sometimes seems like a tricky product – enough coverage without being cakey, matching your skin, lasting all day –  but it’s not as hard as you may think. When choosing a concealer, it is important to find one that matches your skin tone, is lightweight and oil-free, and conceals your problem areas (while concealing the fact that you’re using concealer!). Below are some of my favorite concealers in three different forms. However you choose to go, all of these provide the not-so-obvious coverage you desire:

PaletteMake Up For Ever Professional: Five Camouflage Cream Palette: This rectangular compact contains five varying cream hues, which is perfect to blend together and match different skin tones. Some creams may work best for under-eye concealer and others may work well as highlighting hues. This kit comes in several color combos so you can find the one that matches you best! Helpful Hint from Sephora: Apply these concealers underneath your foundation for extra staying-power. Try applying these creams with Bare Essentual’s Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush. Yes, it’s a little pricey for a brush but it’s thick bristles and angled tip make it perfect for getting the best coverage out of your concealer.

TubeClinique Advanced Concealer: All Clinique lovers know that Clinique is allergy tested and great for sensitive skin. This concealer is matte and dries to look powdery (not gloppy like some liquid concealers). With daily use it also helps firm and smooth skin. My only qualm is that it only comes in two color choices, which does not make it an ideal buy for everyone. Remember to also apply this concealer with a brush so you don’t transfer the bacteria of your fingers onto your face (which would only get you more zits to conceal tomorrow!).

StickStilla Cover Up Stick: This stick comes in 5 different shades, is really lightweight and easy to apply. A total winner. Concealer sticks, in general, are great because they eliminate the sometimes messiness of thick liquid concealers and can fit into a clutch for touchups on a night out.

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