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Thursday, March 17, 2016

top tips for finding best concealers for medium NC40 skin tone


There was a time a few years back when I owned more concealers than any other makeup product. This isn't because I have ridiculously dark, stubborn under-eye circles but rather I was on the hunt and struggling to find the perfect concealer for my skin tone and with a formula to my liking. Now I have a rather small selection of concealers in my arsenal because I've found some incredible concealers and have learnt some tricks that fulfill all my concealing needs.

So let's talk concealers; what shades work for me, which products I swear by and how I get the most from them in my makeup routine. Oh and I've snuck in some of concealing secrets too...


SHADE SELECTION

Let's just get this out there in the open: most of the concealer shades available from high street or drugstore brands are just plain wrong for my skin tone. Being a girl of a medium warm complexion, the usual offering of light beige concealers with a pinkish undertone just appear ashy, clash-y(!) and plain wrong. And so the original purpose of using a concealer is undermined by a more ghastly issue. There are a lot more options from the higher-end brands. Having said that I've discovered two drugstore gems that I swear by.


Best concealers for dark circles medium NC40 skin


I find that neutral toned concealers work best, with a balance of peachy undertones and yellow beige colouring. I also opt for shades that are a couple of notches lighter than my actual foundation shade because it really brightens my under-eye area and makes me look wide awake. I've got NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 in the shade Ginger and whilst it's a good colour match, I wish I had opted for Custard instead for a brighter, highlighted look. 


FORMULA

I definitely steer more towards creamier formulas which I feel are easier to work with and don't seem to dry out my under eye area or cling onto blemishes. I find concealers that come in pots and pans to be much dryer and thicker in texture so I personally avoid them though a lot of people swear by them and Into The Gloss has a fabulous run-down of The Best Concealer Pots on the market. 

For day-to-day under-eye concealing I prefer something that feels light but has enough coverage to get me through without frightening myself when I see my reflection. Maybelline The Eraser Eye - Nude | £7.99 (review here) is that perfect light texture that I can quickly blend out and I love how it covers without feeling heavy.

For more full coverage needs - either when the babies have been up all night or a special occasion - I like something more akin to a foundation that will offer complete coverage. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer | £17.50 is a fluid formula that is highly pigmented and ensures that whatever you need to hide gets hidden. I use the shade NW25 which is both a tad lighter than my skintone and also has a more pinky peach undertone thereby offering colour-correcting, concealing and brightening all in one. 

A formula that sits in between is L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer | from £3.38 (review here) which is creamy and almost mousse like in texture and packs a punch when it comes to coverage and pigmentation. It can be diluted slightly for more daily use by using a damp sponge to blend it out.


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APPLICATION TIPS

It usually depends on what I have at hand and which product I'm using. If I know I'm going to be using a full coverage concealer such as L.A. Girl then I make sure I don't start my makeup routine without getting my damp sponge ready. The pointy end of Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | £5.99 (review here) fits perfectly into my under-eye contours and around my nose to ensure beautiful, seamless blending.

Whereas when I use Maybelline The Eraser Eye, I will usually blend it out with my ring finger because the heat of my fingers help move the product around evenly. And if I apply it to the bridge of my nose, forehead and chin, I like to use a synthetic, slanted brush such as e.l.f. Studio Angled Contour Brush | £4.50 or Bdellium Studio 788 BDHD* | $14 brush to stipple the product and blend out the edges.


SECRETS 

  1. It's not really a secret but a reminder to always set your concealer in place. The last thing we want is all that hard work to slide away or disappear revealing what no one, except our nearest and dearest, should see.
  2. I don't have time for the fad method of 'baking' the under-eye area and let's face it, most people don't. But what is really effective is taking a damp sponge and pressing a soft pressed powder such as Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch | £12 (review here) over the top of the concealer to ensure it is set in place and no creasing will occur. The results are highlighting and flawless.
  3. When using a full coverage concealer and you're short on time, instead of using a brush to buff it in quickly, which may leave the concealer streaky and prone to creasing, take an old fashioned paint-on foundation brush and pat away. I use Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush | £32 to quickly conceal my under-eye area with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer because it gives an even, full coverage application.
  4. Take your favourite concealer with you when shopping for new ones that way you can swatch your existing one and compare potential purchases alongside it and check for undertones and suitability.
  5. When buying drugstore concealers, never purchase without checking your swatches in daylight. This is true for all base products but more so for drugstore concealers which have a tendency to be horrifically wrong in reality whilst looking completely perfect and 'Holy Grail' worthy inside the store.

I hope you find my tips and secrets useful. If you have any secrets that you swear by when in comes to concealers please share them with me in the comments below.


Sal xxx
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30 comments

  1. I have to try your tip about using a damp sponge and powder to set the under eye concealer, in fact I need to use my beauty blender more! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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    1. Haha! I still have never tried a Beauty Blender but yeh, let me know if you find the method as effective as I do xxx

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  2. Loved your blog my lovely. Thank you for the tips & advice xxx

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    1. Thank you for reading and I'm so glad you enjoyed it xxx

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  3. I definitely go towards creamier formulas, such a good post! I also posted a concealer low-down post comparing high end and drugstore concealers :)
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | GIVEAWAY | Win Makeup Geek, Morphe & More

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    1. Thanks hun, yes I saw yours the other day ;) Creamier formulas are so much easier to work with xxx

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  4. I love this post Sal..I always wanted to try Nars creamy Concealer but there isn't any store nearby that sells Nars. so, I have been avoiding to buy online due to shade issues. We have similar skintones (medium warm) and my shade selection of Mac pro longwear and LA Girl are exactly same as yours. I am new to Maybelline eraser Concealer in nude and still trying to make it work for me. I will try the way you mentioned by patting gently with ring finger and blend it in. The kick ass pressed powder has been on my list for a long time now.. I need to buy it soon. Thanks for a lovely post ��

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    1. Aww thank you so much hun. With the NARS I deffo should have gone for a lighter shade. But yes, please keep trying with the Maybelline as it is one of my all time faves. I have used tubes and tubes of it over the years xxx

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  5. I really want to try the L.A Girl Pro Conceal, I've heard so many good things! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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    1. I am obsessed with them right now! Obsessed! You must try them xxx

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  6. I am loving this post! Really helpful because i find picking a shade to be hard especially for concealing blemishes :)

    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thank you lovely. That's very kind. I am so glad you found it helpful xxx

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  7. Yesss to checking shades in daylight! I'd purchased colors only to get home and realize they don't match. Also, what's your recommendation for setting concealer well?

    www.maggiealamode.com

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    1. Oh gosh! That really is the worst feeling and it's happened to me too many times. LOL!
      I've been enjoying using a damp sponge and pressing on a sheer pressed powder. I find it very effective hun xxx

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  8. I have never found a concealer that I love. Having fair skin its quite difficult to find concealers that are pale enough for me. I really want to try out the Urban Decay Naked concealer & the L.A girl concealer. They both sound great x

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeh, its annoying for both ends of the skintone scale I'm afraid. I've yet to try Urban Decay but I've only ever heard good things. xxx

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  9. Concealer is the only product that I always run out of, I use it under my eyes even in days when I am not wearing any make up! I am currently using the L.A. Girl concealer and I love it! :)

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww I know right. I could easily go out with no foundation but just concealer all over my face. LOL! Loving the LA Girl ones too xxx

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  10. Oh I loved this post! I love concealers and I'm always in a hunt for a good one Urban decay naked concealer and Mac prolong wear have been my favorite from high end and I absolutely adore maybelline age rewind concealer from the drugstore.

    Also your tip number four for carrying your existing concealer to compare when buying a new one is genius!

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    1. Why have I still not tried UD Concealer? It sounds like it will be amongst my favourites. Awww I'm glad you find it useful xxxx

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  11. Photos in this post are impeccable! I love the MAC prolongwear concealer it's my holy grail! I never thought about taking my concealer into the shop to swatch for colour matches when I run out, great tip!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Awww thanks Charlotte. Thats so sweet. Yes, definitely try it to avoid any hideous purchases as I've made so many :( lol xxx

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  12. Great review! I love the collection concealer and it's only £4.19 which is a bargain!!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. Thank you hun. I've tried the Collection before but I find it a little drying under my eyes. xxx

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  13. I feel you on the awful drugstore shades :( I've started going outside to see the swatches too - I don't trust their orange lighting! I do love the Maybelline Eye Eraser though! I feel like I'm not quite getting the hang of the LA Girl concealer as it seems to come out very sheer on me. I'll have to try the setting powder on a damp sponge trick :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Yes, the sponge tip is the only thing that works right now to stop creasing. Use a sheer powder though to avoid the cakiness. With the LA Girl I'm finding that each tube can vary in consistency with some tubes full and others only half full. You may just have a bad batch hun. xxx

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  14. Those are great tricks! I consider myself almost a concealer pro (I have more than 15 years of experience fighting under eye circles!), but I've never heard about this trick of pressing a powder on top of the concealer with a sponge. I'll definitely give it a try! Thank you for the tip!

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  15. Ooh I love the tip about checking shades outside the store! will definitely be doing that from now on! I've just opened my first tube of the Maybelline and I'm liking it so far but I love the NYX HD concealer and definitely need to repurchase it soon!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  16. Loved this!!! The recent birth of my dark circles have made me into a somewhat concealer addict, not that I've indulged but I really really want to! Have so many in the want list!

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  17. What a great idea of taking my concealer out while shopping for one so I can swatch and compare with the new one! I always use my finger to melt the concealer into the skin and these days I am using sponge. I never have luck using a brush because it always end up looking streaky and wonky.

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