Favorite Concealers + Tips


Hey beauties,

Today I am taking a break from talking about lipsticks to talk about something else that’s a staple in my makeup bag: concealers.For those that might be new to my blog, I struggle with insomnia and I’m an asthmatic, so my dark circles are super intense. It’s something that does make me feel self conscious, and I am okay with admitting that. I’ve had to deal with being told that I look “sick” most of my life, and it’s just at a point where it gets on my nerves a bit.

So, I’m a bit of a concealer junkie. I have tried so many concealers, but I do have a few that I want to share today that I have been reaching for often. I also want to share some of my personal tips for using concealer and setting it in place.

First, let’s talk about what I look for in concealers. Personally, I like something that is thicker, yet hydrating, and will brighten my under eye area. This highlights my face as well as brightens up my entire face, thus getting rid of my dark circles. My dark circles are very purple/blue in color, so using something brighter and lighter than my skin tone seems to be the best method for me. For reference, my skin tone is very fair with cool undertones.

Nyx HD Concealers in Porcelain and Lavender: I feel like this should not be a surprise. I have mentioned these concealers so many times in posts and used them in several Youtube tutorials. These are my holy grail concealers, and their consistency is much like the Nars Creamy radiant concealer. I do have the lavender one to lighten up the porcelain one (and any other darker concealers in my collection) but these two together are awesome. They can be a bit dry looking if your skin isn’t hydrated well.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: I have a true love/hate relationship with this concealer. It truly does do as it claims and covers up dark circles, but I hate the damn sponge on it. I always take it off, and it’s really easy to just pop off and twist the product out. I just feel the sponge is kinda unsanitary, honestly. I do have to mix my lavender concealer with this one because the lightest shade is a bit dark, but the consistency of this formula is also awesome. It doesn’t look dry under my eyes at all.

LA Girl Pro Concealer in “Porcelain” Woo, another big surprise here. I also talk about this concealer often. This concealer is $3 from La Girl, and is so amazing. I know this is a cult favorite, but with good reasoning. Now that LA Girl has added more colors to this line, it’s perfect. I do hate the brush on this as well, but I can get past it a bit easier than with the sponge tip applicator on the Maybelline one. This concealer is the one that I probably reach for the most often right now.

Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in ‘Chantilly” This is another cult favorite, and one that I got because I saw so many fair skinned youtubers raving about it. It’s also $30, and that’s really essspensive (said in my Kathleenlights voice) for a concealer. I do adore this formula though, and Chantilly is the lightest shade in my collection. I don’t have to mix anything with it, and it brightens my face up and I can use it as a highlighter. I do find that I don’t reach for it as often because of the price, which sucks.

Concealer tips: I have very dry skin, and I typically blend my concealer out with my finger tips at first, using light patting motions, and then I reach for my damp real techniques sponge to blend out the rest.

Very quickly afterwards, I set my concealer with powder. I do make sure to take my time with my concealer though, because if you set your concealer with powder and there’s creasing…you’re just going to be setting those creases in place all day. I use a translucent powder, and my current favorites are the Physicians Formula correcting powder in “Translucent” and Ben Nye’s Luxury Setting powder in “Cameo.” I find that these help my concealer to stay in place all day without creasing.

If your skin is extra dry one day, try setting your concealer with a damp beauty blender or sponge.

Also, under eye primers are a thing and are awesome. I have mentioned the Elf under eye primer a million times, and I will continue to do so. It’s $3 and very hydrating. I also use an eye cream every night before I go to bed. This just ensures that my under eyes will be smooth and ready for makeup the next day. It also helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Skin care is super important, and I can’t stress that enough.

Well, those are some of my quick tips and favorite concealers at the moment! I hope you all enjoyed this post, or found it informing in some way. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask! I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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13 thoughts on “Favorite Concealers + Tips

  1. Those NYX Concealers look so good!
    I’m currently searchinbg for that perfect concealer and I will have to give the NYX one a try.
    The Age Rewind one seem sso good and looks fun to use, but, shocker, there isn’t a shade that suits me…

    I also apply my concealer like that! πŸ˜€

    Lovley post!


  2. Under eye concealers are an obsession for me!
    I agree, the sponge on the Maybelline concealer is not ideal, but I don’t use it directly to deposit onto my face. I read that there’s some anti-bacterial treatment on it so it’s supposed to be ok… who knows.
    I recently started using a primer under my eyes (I always use one on my eye lids) and it has definitely helped my under eye concealers from creasing! I use the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder to set it.
    I think I need to look into the NYX HD concealer! And the Nars one is on my to buy list… it better deliver for the price! πŸ˜›

  3. I loved the NYX concealer in Porcelain and I seem to go through it really fast lol. Lately I have been using Maybelline’s Master Conceal. I also liked the instant age rewind one too but I agree about the sponge being unsanitary. I also really want to try the NARS concealer one day but it’s so hard to justify the price! lol. πŸ™‚

  4. I think I’m the odd man out here… I hateeeeeeeee buying new concealer. HATE it. I never find any that work for me. It’s gotten so bad that most of the time I just slap on extra foundation and call it a day. I’m totally going to check out those NYX ones to try combining though. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, hehe πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve read that too, but it’s never eased my mind haha. I do better to just take the sponge off. I’ve always wanted to try the Laura Mercier powder, I see so many awesome things about it! I think the Nars one is worth the price, but the price does prevent me from using as often as I would like.

  6. I go through mind really quickly as well! Like a tube a month lol. I have the master conceal, I really need to try it out when I use up another concealer. If you get the Nars one I would get it through Nordstrom. The 10% back on ebates + free shipping and returns made it a more justifiable purchase haha

  7. Haha I used to hate buying concealer as well, and I think I ended up with so many because it’s taken me so long to figure out what shades and methods actually work for my skin. Looking back at some of my old pictures and seeing my concealer 1-2 years ago makes me want to crawl into a hole.

  8. I think you will like the Master Conceal. I was pleasantly surprised by it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tip! If I do get the NARS one I will do just that! πŸ™‚

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