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How do I choose the right concealer?
In general, the best concealer for you is the one that provides the level of coverage you need. A creamy, stick-based product such as quick-fix concealer stick is ideal for more coverage, while a lightweight, medium-coverage concealer like smooth liquid camo hydrating concealer may be best for drier areas of the face and under the eyes, or blemishes that are in the process of healing. After applying foundation, you can decide if or how much additional coverage you need. Keep in mind that your concealer coverage needs may change from day to day or depend on your plans—whether you’re just running errands, going to work or attending a formal event.
The key for optimal concealer coverage is selecting the proper shade for your skin. First, determine where you skin falls on the spectrum from fair to deep. Then, it’s important to identify your skin’s undertone, and doing this is as simple as looking at the inside of your wrist. Blue or purple veins indicate a “cool” undertone, blue-green is “neutral,” and slightly green or olive veins mean you have a “warm” undertone. Every shade of Dermablend concealer and foundation has a number ranging from 0 to 90 that corresponds with the depth of skin tone, as well as a “C,” “N” or “W” for undertone. This makes it easier to find the best shade match for your unique skin.
If you desire even more coverage from your concealer (with or without foundation), quick-fix color-correcting powder pigments can help provide the flawless finish you are looking for. Available in four shades that instantly neutralize the appearance of redness, dark circles, dullness, veins and discoloration in all skin tones, these powder-to-cream cover up makeup formulas offer extra concealing power while allowing you to move on to the next step of your makeup routine immediately.
There are a few ways to ensure your concealer (and foundation) stay in place and look freshly applied all day. Preparing the skin for makeup with a product like insta-grip jelly primer creates a smooth surface for enhanced application. Using a setting powder or spray as your final makeup step can help prolong wear-time as well.
What’s the difference between concealer and foundation?
Simply put, concealer is designed to provide extra, targeted coverage where needed, while foundation can be used on specific spots or to enhance the appearance of the entire complexion. Concealers come in stick and liquid form, while foundation options include creams, powders, sticks, liquids and drops. The cover up makeup formula you choose depends on both personal preference and the level of coverage you desire.
Do I need concealer and foundation?
You’re beautiful whether you wear makeup or not, so it’s up to you. Concealer or foundation alone may provide enough coverage to meet your needs one day, while you may prefer to use both (or none!) the next.
Where should I apply concealer?
Concealer can be used to cover any skin conditions you don’t want the world to see, but the most common places to use cover up makeup include dark undereye circles, acne blemishes, dark spots and areas of redness (especially around the nose and chin). Concealer can also be used to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, whether mild or significant (such as in those with vitiligo), as well as to conceal bruising after injectable treatments.
Concealer can also be used to contour the face, simply by using a product that is 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation on areas you’d like to highlight. smooth liquid camo hydrating concealer is a good option for this makeup application technique because of its precise wand applicator and easy-to-blend formula.
Is concealer safe for sensitive skin?
Concealer is absolutely safe for sensitive skin—as long as you use the right formula. All Dermablend concealers are fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, sensitive skin-tested, allergy-tested and free of the most common irritants to ensure minimal risk of reaction, even in sensitive skin.