So I popped a question box up on Instagram asking what types of blog posts you’d like to see over here. One of the stand out answers was a post on my favourite concealers. I know that concealer is something that throws a lot of people. What type of concealer is right for what area etc? I will do my best to break down the ones that I love and tell you how best to use them.
The one point I do want to make to start off with is about hydration. If the area under your eye is dry, there isn’t a concealer in the world that won’t sink into it. That’s whether you’ve spent €4 or €40 on it. Secondly, the vast majority of us reading this have expression lines under our eyes. Concealer will not make these disappear, it is up to us the prep the skin and eye area correctly before applying any type of makeup. I just thought it was worth pointing these things out before I went any further. Skin preparation is key.
My Favourite Concealers
- Clarins Instant Concealer €26
Now I will start this off by saying that I don’t have very much darkness under my eye. But the concealers that I am recommending I have used on others who do. This would be top of the pile as an undereye concealer for me. It ticks all of the boxes. The coverage is wonderful while still remaining quite a fluid product. It feels really hydrating under the eye. It is light reflective which is excellent for dispersing darkness. And finally it is really easy to blend. Such a fantastic all rounder, I always feel that this is such an underrated concealer.
Application- As I say it’s a very fluid concealer so you only need the tiniest amount of it. (If I had a complaint about it, it would be that the product comes out of the tube really quickly) I pop it on the back of my hand and using a flat, synthetic brush I bounce the product in under the eye until I create the desired effect. It can also be applied using the tip of the finger too, but pat into into the skin, don’t rub.
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination €29
I already wrote about this concealer last year in a post about my then Current Beauty Favourites. Everything I wrote in that post still remains true today. It is a very full coverage concealer so you only need the tiniest, tiniest amount. This one in particular is going to need good hydration around the eye area beforehand to avoid creases.
- Note Cosmetics BB Concealer €14
This is by far the best budget concealer I have ever used. This one is INCREDIBLE for concealing dark circles. Again it has everything going for it. It’s hydrating while still giving excellent coverage. It is brilliant at brightening the under eye but doesn’t give as glowy a finish as the previous two. Truly it has to be seen to be believed, it performs like a concealer three times the price. The only negative I have with it is the lack of shades. It’s only available in three shades. I use 01 and I would imagine that most of Ireland are this shade too but it’s worth checking the next time you can.
Application- This concealer has an angled metal applicator but my advice would be not to use it. I’m not a big fan of using concealers directly from the applicator across the board. Maybe it’s the make up artist in me but I always use the back of my hand like a palette. When using directly from an applicator I feel it increases the margin for error exponentially. If too much comes out it’s a nightmare to deal with, especially under the eye.
Again, get your flat synthetic brush and gently bounce/pat the product in under the eye. Do not rub, because essentially you’re taking the product back off again. Trust me, I’ve been doing this a long time!!
- Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish €30
Now this one is a little bit different. Yes it is a concealer but it is also a colour corrector. I think this is why I love this so much. I find it so brilliant for covering up the redness in my skin in a gentle way. The texture is feather light and buttery, it’s hard to imagine that it would be able to offer much coverage, but it does.
This clever little product was released at the same time as the Airbrush Flawless Finish foundation so it ended up being massively overshadowed by it. So trust me when I say I’m doing you a big favour by bringing it to your attention!! It can be used under concealer but I’ve never used it that way because the colour matches my skin tone really well. I use shade 1 Fair. It has a sumptuous, creamy consistency which makes it such a wonderful under eye product because it feels so hydrating to the touch.
Application- I only ever use my fingers with this one. For the under eye area just tap it into the skin to help neutralise the look of dark circles. If at that point you feel that you need to do some colour matching you can add a little bit of your own concealer. I use the same method to conceal redness. Take a little bit on the tip of your finger and bounce it over your foundation in any areas that need colour correcting. I would then set with powder as always.
- Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer €11.99
This concealer is a bit of a cult product. It’s been around for donkeys years and still remains one of the most popular concealers on the market. There’s a very good reason for this, it’s really good. And considering the price point it’s definitely worth trying if you haven’t before. I like the consistency. It’s not too heavy and it blends really well under the eye. I also find it really good at covering redness. There’s quite a luminous finish to it as well which I think we can gather from this post is my finish of choice.
The lasting power is good. I wouldn’t say it lasts all day, you may require a little top up of this during the day if it was warm or if you have an oilier skin tone.
Application- Now this is the biggest negative about this product in my opinion- the sponge!! I just don’t like it. I’m a bit of a sponge hater across the board anyway because I think they are complete germ magnets but this one is extra frustrating. The product takes an age to come out through it and then when it does, too much comes out. The application instructions on the product say to use the sponge to apply concealer directly under the eye- please don’t do this. You’re going to end up with way too much product there and it is going to cake.
As always use the back of your hand like a palette and apply it under the eye using either a flat brush or your finger tip. It will blend so much better this way. Obviously I’m giving out about the sponge but it hasn’t stopped me from purchasing this product over and over again. It’s a small negative in an overall great product.
So I hope you’ve found this in some way helpful. These are my favourite concealers right now, they’re the ones I find myself reaching for again and again. Have you tried any of these yourself? Any of these appeal to you? Let me know in the comments. And as usual, thank you so much for reading.