Chances are if you’ve been following the 2012 Election like me, you’ve acquired some dark circles. And no, I’m not referring to all the fights with friends of a different party affiliation! I’m talkin’ about the endless scrolling on Binders Full Of Women Tumblr and those SNL late night debate skits! Anyways, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t walk out of the house without any concealer (mainly because if I did, I’d look like a raccoon). But as a blogger and frequent product tester, I am overwhelmed with new concealers that are supposed to be the bees knees of makeup.
Thanks to the fine prints of Marie Claire’s beauty section and Allure mag, I’ve picked up some important tips (no tricks) when it comes to properly applying concealer: Concealer is best applied with either a brush or the pad of the middle finger, using several dots and lightly blending to build gradual coverage. For under eye and dark circle coverage, apply concealer before foundation. For blemishes and pesky pimples, apply concealer after foundation (if you apply before, the concealer will rub off). Use a fine loose powder on top to set your concealer.
Whether you’re on a budget or ready to invest in a long-term multi-tasking concealer, I’ve rounded up five of my tried and true concealer favorites. Whether it’s in a stick, a jar or a wand, we just need something that works. If you prefer a concealer that boasts long-lasting coverage for a minimal price, try Maybelline’s Super Stay Concealer. If you live for creamy concealer kits, Bobbi Brown and Benefit Cosmetics both offer kits that include bonus eye prep products like a corrector (used before a concealer to correct any color problems) or highlighter. Those who have concern for fine lines and wrinkles, invest in Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer that offers double duty coverage and anti-aging properties. Finally, I love NYX Concealer Stick for on-the-go touch-ups to camouflage blemishes.