Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Best Concealers 2014

With Fall & Winter around the corner, the days are shorter, darker, and most people will need that extra coverage under the eyes. Here are some of my favorite concealers for dark circles, discoloration or highlighting under the eyes. Of course, each product's effectiveness will vary depending on your skin tone and type, but I find these products to work the best for those with medium to dark skin tones.

1. Bobbi Brown Corrector:
This products hits the 3 C's-Creamy, Consistent & Coverage. It is the wakeup call for those blue circles  we get from staring at a computer all day or getting no sleep. Using basic color theory, orange is opposite to blue, so using salmon-peach tones under the eyes help cancel out the blue undertones in our dark circles. If you're applying a concealer and your under eye area looks more green, darker or generally worse, you're probably just using the wrong tone. Bobbi Brown's corrector works best when applied around the inner corners and blended out. It instantly brightens your eyes, with little to no creasing. I personally like to use a dense small-medium brush to blend this product, giving a more airbrush effect.

2. Benefit's Erase Paste:
Talk about heavy duty! Benefit's Erase Paste is a full coverage formula that completely gets rid of dark circles, puffiness, and best for blemishes. However, the product is very thick, difficult to blend, and can set into your lines, it is not the smoothest formula. I personally love this product though because of the instant difference, so using an eye cream underneath will help with any creasing. A little goes a VERY long way, and with a fluffy dome brush, blending is much easier. This is the most effective product for stubborn circles, you'll just need to use it correctly, along with with eye creams and specific blending brushes.

3. MAC's Studio Finish:
MAC;s studio finish is great concealer to use for anything. It's quite opaque, creamy and surprisingly light weight. It's such a blendable product you can mix it in with other concealers to get the perfect color and texture for you. It's great for blemishes and brightening under the eyes. I would use it as an addition to a corrector for best coverage.  Again, applying this product with a more dense, larger brush leaves a more blurred impression, so the skin under your eyes looks much more smooth.

4. YSL Touche Eclat:
More on the expensive side, this YSL product is more of a brightening/highlighting pen as oppose to a corrector like Bobbi Brown. It doesn't cover distinctive blue circles as much, but the coverage is amazing and it leaves your skin looking really flawless underneath the eyes. This is a great product to use on top of your foundation because it will instantly brighten under the eyes which diminishes the appearance of most under eye issues. In most cases, the best way to minimize any under eye discoloration or puffiness is to highlight under the eyes and on top of the cheekbones. This creates a blurred effect which makes the eyes look brighter.

5. Maybeline Fit Me
When I first say this product at the drugstore, I was instantly amazed at the color selection for someone with more of an olive skin tone like me. Most drugstore products don't have a huge variety in color selections, but the FIT ME line matched me almost exactly. The concealer is low-medium coverage, perfect for daytime or over the foundation and surprisingly covers dark circles pretty well. I usually use this along with Bobbi Brown for work or school. For the price, it's my most recommended product.

6. NYX HD Photogenic Concealer:
I'm not as impressed with the color selection with this product, it's mostly red-pink undertones that tend to be more dark, so not the best highlighter. However, the formula is extremely smooth and looks amazing in photos. I always use this on clients and on myself if I want to do a photoshoot. I will mix it with another product to get my color, but the texture of this product is wonderful, full coverage but does not go into your lines/wrinkles.

There are many great concealing products out there (Stila, Kat Von D, Etc), but I find myself gravitating towards the items on this list the most. Concealers can be tricky, but understanding the best corrector for your dark circles/discoloration and best concealers for highlighting, brightening, and adding extra coverage will really help. You do not have to stick to just one, mix them together, switch them up and of course take care of your skin to better improve your under eye areas including eye creams and masks. You can learn more about some great skin tips here: http://navnitvirdi.blogspot.com/2012/11/5-supermodel-beauty-tricks.html

Happy Concealing!
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Indian Makeup Artist, Seattle-San Francisco

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