Did you know these makeup “Concealer” Facts?
To the world at large and surprisingly even to a few makeup gurus, a concealer is just that thing that covers blemishes. Although, that of course is the primary usage but the significance and the knowledge pertaining to the concealer does not end at just that- the thing that covers blemishes. Did you know that the first commercial concealer was sold way back in 1938? Here are a few more concealer facts we bet you did not know.
Hundred Percent Coverage is a Myth
A concealer has not been devised to cover every inch of pigmentation or discoloration and that goes even for the “complete coverage concealer”. Paired up with a good foundation, the concealer aims at covering up to ninety percent of the problematic area at best. If you have ever tried to pat layer after layer of concealer to get rid of dark circles, you must have definitely noticed the white cakey look, which is worse.
I really like the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer because it is a moisture-rich concealer for under and around the eye area. Conceals dark circles and discolorations but doesn’t claim to be the all-in-one. Secret concealer also goes on really smooth.
One-in-All Concealer? Really?
A one-in-all concealer will never work. Our facial skin does not have a consistent texture; the area around the eye is much thinner than say, the skin on the forehead. This is why you get wrinkles first around the eye and lip area. So, in order to conceal those dreaded dark circles opt for a concealer that has a yellowish tone. For bright red pimples a concealer that complements your skin tone will work wonders.
Concealers are generally applied on rashes and acne in order to camouflage them but some concealers, especially of the non-reliable brands can further aggravate and worsen the condition. This is a very important and neglected fact that even some of the best branded concealers have known to cause an allergic reaction. Always read the ingredients content while purchasing a concealer and opt for the one that is certified to be a hypoallergenic one but even the hypoallergenic concealers only reduces the incidence of any reaction instead of complete elimination.
If you do not need some desperate coverage, opt out of using the concealer. A little pimple mark is really no cause for concern.
Cannot work in Isolation
The perfect shade of foundation might allow you to skip applying concealer but the opposite does not hold true. Any concealer application must be covered with a layer of foundation. Period! For large surface coverage, a concealer would not work and isn’t that what foundations are for?
Concealers are “heavier” as compared to foundations and if you end up applying a thick wad of them to cover problematic areas, it would end up looking cakey. However, if you choose to apply just the right amount of concealer and top it up with foundation, not only the concealer sets in properly but you get more coverage.
Concealer Choice as Per Need
- White concealers work best in hiding those embarrassing dark circles and dull listless skin.
- Red patches and scars are best covered with a blue or green concealer.
- Opt for a purple concealer if you want to make your skin appear brighter.
Always be aware of the right amount of concealer to be used, anything under or over will just not work.