What Does Concealer Do?

Hey there, beauty lover! I want to let you in on a little secret weapon that can transform your makeup game: concealer. Say goodbye to dark shadows under your eyes and unwelcome spots. This magic in a bottle evens out your complexion for an impeccable finish. But what exactly does concealer do, and how can you make the most of it? Let’s dive into all things glowing skin – consider me your guide on this journey to radiance. Get ready to say goodbye to imperfections and hello to a radiant, confident you!

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What Is Concealer and What Does It Do?

Concealer is a game-changer in the world of makeup. It’s that secret weapon that can instantly transform your look, giving you a flawless, radiant complexion. But what exactly does concealer do? And how do you choose the right one for your skin? Let’s dive in.

How Concealer Works to Cover Imperfections

The magic of concealer lies in its ability to cover imperfections and even out your skin tone. Whether you’re dealing with dark circles, blemishes, or dark spots, the right concealer can make them virtually disappear. Concealers work by using pigments that counteract discoloration and reflect light, creating the illusion of a smooth, even complexion. They’re typically thicker and more concentrated than foundation, allowing them to provide targeted coverage where you need it most.

The Different Types of Concealers Available

With so many concealers on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Here’s a quick breakdown of the main types:

  • Liquid Concealer: Offers medium to full coverage with a creamy, blendable texture. Ideal for the under-eye area and minor blemishes.
  • Stick Concealer: Provides full coverage with a thicker, more solid consistency. Great for spot concealing and hiding more prominent imperfections.
  • Color Correcting Concealer: Uses complementary colors to neutralize specific concerns like redness, sallowness, or dark circles.

Choosing the Right Concealer Color for Your Skin Tone

Picking the right concealer color is key to achieving a natural, seamless finish. As a general rule, choose a concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your foundation for brightening the under-eye area and highlighting. For blemishes and dark spots, opt for a concealer that closely matches your skin tone to avoid drawing attention to the area. And don’t forget to consider your undertone – whether you’re cool, warm, or neutral – to ensure a harmonious match.

How to Apply Concealer for Best Results

Now that you’ve got the perfect concealer in hand, it’s time to put it to work. But how do you apply concealer for the most flawless finish? Here are my tried-and-true tips.

Preparing Your Skin Before Applying Concealer

Before reaching for your concealer, it’s crucial to prep your skin. Start with a clean, moisturized base to ensure smooth, even application. If you have particularly dry or textured skin, consider using a hydrating primer to create a more uniform surface. I always begin my makeup routine with the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer to add a subtle luminosity and help my concealer glide on effortlessly.

Techniques for Applying Concealer Effectively

When it comes to applying concealer, less is often more. Start with a small amount of product and build coverage as needed to avoid a cakey, heavy look. For the under-eye area, I like to use a small, fluffy brush or my ring finger to gently tap the concealer into my skin, focusing on the inner corner where darkness tends to concentrate. This tapping motion helps to blend the concealer without tugging on the delicate skin. For blemishes and spots, use a precise brush or your fingertip to pat the concealer directly onto the imperfection, then softly blend the edges until seamless.

Setting Your Concealer for Long-Lasting Wear

To ensure your concealer stays put all day, don’t skip the setting step. After blending your concealer, lightly dust a translucent powder over top to lock everything in place. I swear by the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder for a flawless, long-wearing finish. Simply swipe a small amount over your concealed areas with a fluffy brush, and you’re good to go.

Color Correcting with Concealer

If you’re dealing with more intense discoloration or stubborn imperfections, color correcting is your secret weapon. By using complementary shades to neutralize unwanted tones, you can create an even canvas for your concealer and foundation.

Understanding the Color Wheel for Concealing

The key to effective color correcting is understanding the color wheel. Colors directly opposite each other on the wheel will cancel each other out. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Green concealer: Neutralizes redness from blemishes, rosacea, or irritation
  • Purple concealer: Brightens dullness and balances out yellow undertones
  • Peach concealer: Counteracts blue/purple tones like dark circles and hyperpigmentation

Using Color Correctors to Neutralize Discoloration

When using color correctors, remember that a little goes a long way. Apply your corrector sparingly to the areas of discoloration using a small brush or your fingertips, then gently blend the edges for a seamless finish. I find that patting the product into my skin with my ring finger warms it up and helps it melt into my complexion for the most natural look.

Layering Color Correctors and Concealer

For the best results, apply your color corrector before your regular concealer. This will neutralize the discoloration, creating an even base for your concealer to glide over. After blending your corrector, follow up with a concealer that matches your skin tone, gently tapping it over the corrected areas until fully blended. Finish with a light dusting of setting powder to keep everything in place.

Choosing the Right Concealer Formula for Your Skin Type

With so many concealer formulas on the market, it can be tricky to know which one is right for you. The key is to choose a concealer that complements your skin type and addresses your specific concerns.

Concealers for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, look for a concealer with a hydrating formula that won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches. Creamy, liquid concealers are often the best choice, as they provide smooth, blendable coverage without emphasizing dryness. I recommend the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, which combines the hydration of an eye cream with the coverage of a concealer for a radiant, moisturized finish.

Concealers for Oily Skin

For those with oily skin, a long-wearing, mattifying concealer is key to keep shine at bay and prevent midday meltdowns. Opt for oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas that won’t clog pores or exacerbate breakouts. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage is a game-changer for oily skin, offering waterproof, transfer-resistant coverage that lasts up to 24 hours.

Concealers for Mature Skin

Mature skin often requires a concealer that won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, while still providing ample coverage. Look for lightweight, hydrating formulas with light-reflecting properties to brighten the under-eye area and create a more youthful appearance. My go-to for mature skin is the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer, which combines a potent serum with a radiant concealer to smooth, brighten, and conceal in one step.

Top Concealer Picks for Different Concerns

Now that you know how to choose and apply concealer like a pro, let’s talk about some of the best concealers for specific concerns. These are my tried-and-true favorites that I reach for time and time again.

Best Concealers for Dark Circles

Dark circles are a common concern for many, and the right concealer can make all the difference. Look for a brightening, full-coverage formula that won’t settle into fine lines or creases. My holy grail concealer for dark circles is the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer. The hydrating formula instantly brightens and conceals, while the built-in eye cream helps to improve the appearance of dark circles over time.

Best Concealers for Blemishes and Acne

When it comes to concealing blemishes and acne, you want a concealer that provides full, long-wearing coverage without looking cakey or exacerbating breakouts. I swear by the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage for its ability to cover even the most stubborn imperfections. The waterproof, transfer-resistant formula stays put all day, ensuring your blemishes stay hidden.

Best Concealers for Brightening and Highlighting

Concealer isn’t just for covering imperfections – it can also be used to brighten and highlight the face for a more radiant, sculpted look. For a luminous, lifted effect, I love the L’Oréal Paris True Match Radiant Serum Concealer. The lightweight, serum-infused formula glides over skin, reflecting light and creating a soft, radiant glow. I like to apply it under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and on the high points of my face for an instant pick-me-up.

Key Takeaway: 

Concealer is your makeup bag’s MVP, hiding dark circles, blemishes, and more with the right formula and application. Choose a shade that matches for imperfections or slightly lighter for brightening. Remember to prep skin first and set with powder for all-day wear.


Concealer is a true miracle worker when it comes to achieving flawless skin. It effortlessly covers dark circles, hides blemishes, and creates an even canvas for your makeup. By choosing the right formula for your skin type and mastering application techniques, you can transform your complexion in just a few simple steps.

Remember, a little goes a long way with concealer. Start with a small amount and build coverage as needed. Set with powder for long-lasting wear, and don’t be afraid to experiment with color correcting for more advanced concealing.

With concealer in your beauty arsenal, you have the power to face the world with confidence, knowing your skin looks its absolute best. Embrace the magic of this essential product and let your natural radiance shine through. Happy concealing!

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