People will stare. Make it work their while. That’s why the concealer is one of the most important beauty secrets in your makeup kit. Just as important is picking the right one for your skin. Why so? To achieve that flawless complexion that will make people stop and stare. Moreover, the concealer is definitely worth your while, as beauty is being the best possible version of yourself inside and out.

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Why Use A Concealer?

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Many beauticians consider it a magic weapon. It conceals and covers imperfections really well. Once topped with a primer and foundation, your skin will look as good as those of supermodels on the runway. What it does best is cover up dark under eye circles. Everyone has them. They are caused by insufficient sleep, spending too many late nights at work or watching your fave drama on TV.

Next, a concealer is great for concealing hyper pigmentation and freckles caused by too much sun exposure. Those spattering of brown or dark spots around the face, be gone forever with a concealer. Just as helpful, it can offer coverage over blemishes or those pesky zits that appear at the most inconvenient times. Finally, for senior divas, age spots are a nightmare. Just a dab of the concealer and they’re no longer visible.

How To Pick The Right Concealer?

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It’s easy when you know how. The trick is to remain calm and ask for help from a beauty therapist if you’re clueless. However, there are lots of guides online to help you choose as well. Just follow these simple steps to pick the right one.

Step 1

Identify your skin undertone. This is your true skin colour, just under its surface. It’s not the shade of your skin on your face and body that’s been exposed to the sun and skin skirmishes. Your skin undertone is defined as warm, cool or neutral and these remain true for all skin shades, from dark to light.

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Step 2

Determine your skin undertone by checking the side of your wrist. If your veins appear blue-purple, your skin undertone is cool. However, blue-green veins mean a warm skin undertone. Everything else means your skin undertone is neutral. Another easy way is to check your jewelry collection. Beauty divas who prefer gold jewelry means a skin undertone that’s likely warm. Silver jewelry enthusiasts mean a cool skin undertone.

Step 3

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The golden rule is to pick a concealer that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin tone. This will aid in covering dark imperfections such as under eye circles. The aim is to even out skin tone by targeting small areas of your face. It’s not to be used on the entire face. Going more than 2 shades lighter may result in a washed-out look that’s to be avoided.

How To Use The Concealer Properly?

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Apply it on red areas of face and choose one that matches your foundation. When uncertain, try a neutral concealer with a yellow tone as they diminish imperfections better. Try not to use flesh-toned concealers with pink, peach, white or copper hues. Further, always apply in natural light for best results.

Concealers can highlight and sculpt your face. Unbelievable? It’s true! A concealer that’s applied to areas of the face that catches light naturally adds dimension to your features. These areas include the top of cheekbones, beneath the brow arch and down the centre of your nose.

Better yet, contouring your face is also possible with a concealer that’s 1 or 2 shades darker than your skin tone. Apply it on the natural hollows of the face. These areas are below the cheekbones, along the jawline and the temples near the hairline.

Why Use Colour Correcting Concealer?

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Be daring and have a go at colour correcting concealers that come in a spectrum of warm colours. The trick on how to use them is understanding the colour wheel. Colours on the opposite ends of the wheel cancel each other out.

For easier understanding, yellow shades work well with cool skin tones. However, orange shades do better on olive or warm skin tones. Lavender hues reduce sallow-looking skin, and green diminishes any redness on skin. Try pink to reduce bluish shadows on lighter skin tones.

What Are The Top Brands?

Be your own kind of beautiful. And there are plenty of concealers to select for a beautiful you. However, only a select few are raved about by beauty artists everywhere.

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A top pick is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer thanks to its luxurious texture and luminous finish.

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Just as popular is the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer with high-performance correction for a natural-looking finish.

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Cute with its pink casing is the Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer that works like a concealer stick. It has Vitamin E and apple seed extract to keep skin hydrated for up to 6 hours.

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The perfect Skin-dulgence is Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Full Coverage Concealer. It provides flawless matte coverage, controls shine and masks imperfections for up to 24 hours. Being waterproof as well is a definite plus for aqua-ladies.

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Similarly hydrating is the Tarte Aquacealer Hydrating Concealer that provides skin-soothing benefits with targeted, buildable coverage.

Where To Get Your Concealer?

The best and most cost-efficient way is to purchase it online. If you already know what concealers work best for you, then, get them at Hermo. Take advantage of Hermo vouchers and save loads on your beauty shopping. Remember to shop via ShopBack and enjoy up to 2% cashback.

Just as enjoyable is shopping at Sephora for all your beauty buys. With a wide range of brands available online, you’re bound to find the perfect one for you. Shop and save with Sephora promo code which gives you better discounts with every buy. Be sure to go via ShopBack and take home to 6% cashback.

Better yet, Lazada also has a huge selection of concealers that are priced right. Keep a lookout for Lazada vouchers for huge savings on your beauty purchases. And shopping via ShopBack earns you up to 10% cashback too.

Why Buy Them From Drugstores?

The obvious reason is because you can test them. Almost every store has testers that can you test, try and thankfully buy when you’re satisfied with the results. Here are some of the most popular brands available in local drugstores.

3 sets of Revlon PhotoReadt Candid concealer

Highly recommended is the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer that’s infused with antioxidants, anti-pollution and anti-blue light ingredients.

Physicians Formula Beauty Balm concealer

Another favourite among customers is Physicians Formula Beauty Balm Concealer that promises to diminish the appearance of puffiness, redness and uneven skin tone.

The Body Shop Matte Clay concealer on trays

Going vegan? Try The Body Shop 100% vegan matte clay concealer to conceal skin imperfections.

Let The Skinfatuation Begin

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The beauty of waking up in the morning and knowing that you’re going to sashay out into the world looking flawless. Skinfatuation begins with using the right concealer for your skin. After all, nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.

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