Dark circles, acne scars, or discolouration? Foundation helps but sometimes you need a little extra coverage to feel your best.
Over the past 22 years, I’ve tried a variety of concealers depending on my needs at different stages of my life – liquids, creams and powders, medicated and cosmetic. I’m definitely not a concealer expert, but I wanted to share my product journey with you in hopes that you can learn a little, laugh a little, and reflect on your makeup journey.
Before I start, I should mention that this blog is focused on products (vs. application). I normally select concealers that are one or two shades lighter then my foundation. If a product doesn’t come with a spongy tip, I dab it onto my skin with my middle or ring finger and then blend it in with a Beauty Blender. For dark circles, I apply it in a half moon or triangular shape under my eyes and then blend it out. (Not mind blowing info…but more of an fyi).
In the beginning
Although it’s an acne medication cream, I have always considered Acnomel my very first concealer. When I was 11, I had a little acne so my mom bought it for me to help clear it up. The product was tinted beige/tan, and I discovered that if I dabbed a super thin layer on my problem areas, it would cover them up. So, although it wasn’t meant or marketed as a concealer, I used it daily to help treat and hide my acne (I went through MANY tubes …probably helped keep the company in business).
Does this make me look…orange?
When I began high school and started wearing makeup, I realized why Acnomel was not marketed as a concealer – once dry, it cracked, was cakey and sometimes had a slightly orange tint if I applied too much. No one could see my zits, but they could see the dry, cakey, orange splotches all over my face. Oy!
So, I went on a hunt to find a new acne fighting concealer. I wanted something that was easy to apply and blend, matched my olive skin tone, and helped clear my face.