Cover dark undereye circles, blemishes and discoloration with the right concealer and watch these unsightly imperfections blend away under an opaque mask. When applied correctly and in the right shade, concealer can do wonders when paired with the right foundation.

Choosing Concealer

# '''Pick the right shade'''. The correct concealer color should mimic the undertones in your skin, whether they be pink, yellow, olive, or brown. This is often referred to as warm or cool. You should also match the brightness. You can tell one concealer is brighter than the other because it will appear less grey. The closer you match the concealer to your skin color, the better job it will do of covering up what you don't want to be seen.
# '''Decide on color and concentration'''. The thicker the concealer concentration, the better it will be at masking a big imperfection. When it comes to correcting the color, usually greenish-yellow or blue is best for blasting out redness, while pink or yellow is helpful for neutralizing dark undereye circles.
# '''Apply it correctly'''. Be careful to not apply too much because it will look like you're trying to cover something up. All concealers have a "fakeness threshold" and as you build the concealer you'll notice the level at which it no longer blends seamlessly into your skin.

Concealer Type

* Liquid
** Versatile enough for tackling areas large or small.
** Pen style liquid concealer is handy and easy to throw in a purse.
** Good for most skin types depending on the concealer's base.
* Powder
** Easy to apply over large areas.
** Perfect for correcting the skin's overall tone.
** Best for those with oily skin.
* Stick
** Good for pinpointing tiny imperfections.
** Great on blemishes because it offers a heavy concentration of color to cover up a red spot.
** Ideal for undereye circles because it helps moisturize.

Application Tips

* '''A pesky zit or red blemish''': First apply some moisturizer (oil-free) and wait for it to sink into the skin. Then dab on (don't rub) some liquid concealer. You can apply several coats depending on the severity of the problem. Finish with a translucent powder to seal the deal.

* '''Undereye circles''': A blue looking circle is best contrasted by using a yellow/gold or pink concealer and foundation. Don't go too light otherwise you will get oddly contrasting white circles instead of dark ones. You can try blending the concealer and foundation together for a smoother application if the problem is moderate. For severe circles apply the concealer first to the undereye and up the sides of the inner eye. You can also use a white pencil to get the very inner corners. Then apply a foundation over the entire eye area blending well. Finish with translucent powder. Well Rested, by Bare Essentials, brightens and neutralizes even the darkest circles quickly.

Recommended Products

The following concealer products have been recommended by users at Makeup Alley and by the Cosmetics Cop. The list of concealers on the left are slightly less expensive than the products in the right column.

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