Tips: The magic of Concealer and How to apply concealer

by Paris B on · 31 comments

in Concealer,Musings,Tips

I discovered concealer by accident.

Someone had sent me a pan of Benefit Boi-ing Concealer but at the time, I was not so familiar with makeup, and had no idea what a Boi-ing was. So, I tossed it in my drawer and forgot about it, until one day when I came across it again. A quick Google search told me it was a concealer by Benefit Cosmetics and another quick Google search taught me how to apply concealer.

Voila! With concealer, my eye circles from late nights had magically disappeared! I looked fresh, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to tackle yet another daunting work day! :) Next, a dab on concealer on any blemishes or uneven pigmentation and suddenly, flawless skin!

Now, concealer is indispensable for me. Let me show you the difference having concealer on makes to the under eye area. Be warned, scary untouched up pictures ahead!

The picture before is a moisturised face with nothing on. I woke up with tired looking eyes and reddish circles under the eye. The picture after is with just a layer of Make Up For Ever lift concealer on, without applying any foundation/powder yet. Purely untouched up photos. They say best how magical concealer truly is!

I went from Boi-ing to L’oreal Touche Magique (discontinued) to Make Up Store’s concealer to currently Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer. With every concealer I use, I use it the same way – with my fingers. I find that when I use my fingers, the heat from the skin helps the concealer blend better and reduces the problems of streaking. It also results in less concealer being used compared to using a brush.

I usually dab a few dots of concealer under the eye to conceal dark circles, then lightly tap with my fourth finger to spread and blend. Make sure you dab instead of pulling or you risk pulling the skin and causing wrinkles to form.

When choosing a concealer, I read that you should choose a color which is as close as possible to your natural skin colour, just as you would choose a foundation. Apparently, the old tip to choose a colour lighter than your natural skin colour is now less advisable because you risk looking like a reverse panda – having light circles around your eyes.

If your concern is brightening the eye area, then go for a concealer that conceals and brightens. These usually contain an element of shimmer to reflect light. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat, for a brightening concealer but have not been able to bring myself to try it due to the high price tag!

For blemishes, I use Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer (nothing beats this!) and apply the same way – dab and tap, covering and concealing to satisfaction. The nice thing about Full Cover is that it can be applied on top of foundation so if you feel the need to conceal further after applying foundation, it works too. However, I’m not overly particular about some blemishes showing through. To me, it adds a human element to a person because no one is flawless, so I don’t over conceal.

An online friend, Giddy Tigress, does the same thing I then do which is to let the concealer set for a bit before applying powder. This ensures that when you apply your foundation or powder, it holds better and the concealer doesn’t get wiped away.

If you don’t like using your fingers, use a brush with synthetic bristles. Shu Uemura #10 handy brush is good for this. It has a short handle and is just the right size. The tip of the brush tapers to allow it to get into corners. A brush with synthetic bristles won’t absorb the liquid like natural bristles will. Work quickly but gently to avoid pulling the delicate skin around your eyes and on your face. Makeup should enhance your looks, not age you!

You can read Viva Woman’s tips for under-eye concealer too. Do you have other tips for applying concealer?

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Indira June 6, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I use MUFE Lift Concealer and MAC Studio Fix. MUFE is easier to apply while MAC is cakey without any primer.

Yes, I also use my finger to apply concealer :)


beetrice June 6, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Concealer’s great! Sadly, the only thing they haven’t found the cover-up for is undereye BAGS…*sigh*…but dang – now I wanna try the Benefit Boi-ing Concealer…you evil influence, you! :)


ParisB June 6, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Indira: I’ve never tried MAC concealer but I think fingers work best for concealer application too.

Beetrice: You can’t cover up the bags but you can fake it so it isn’t so obvious. I wasn’t terribly impressed by Boi-ing though. Hard to find a color match.


prettybeautiful June 6, 2008 at 1:57 pm

usually i don’t use concealer for eyes, unless i look like a serious panda coz i can’t find one that’s perfect for me. how much is this Make up forever concealer?


giddy tigress
June 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Hey you don’t need a concealer la, babe! 😛
By the way, I dot on the concealer and THEN I let is set before I dab it into my skin.


sesame June 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Your undereye circles aren’t so bad lah. Mine’s so horrid. Anyway, I found that Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat’s brush smells wierd after awhile. I like Dior’s

Agree with your suggestion to let the concealer set a bit. I was in a rush this morning and didn’t do that. As a result, my eye area looked so cakey.


ParisB June 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Prettybeautiful: The MUFE lift concealer is RM70.

GiddyTigeress: Wait till you see me in person! 😛 I gotta work fast with the concealer coz I find it gets thicker when you let it sit.

Sesame: I haven’t tried Dior nor YSL. I should once I’m done with my current lot.


maria June 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm

yes.. ysl touche eclat is really good (and expensive).. i tried it one time at their counter and really, it worked like a magic. my black circle around the eyes jz disappeared. really good.
i wanna try the MUFE one.. may i know how much is it?


Monstro June 6, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Concealer is my best friend too! The MUFE lift didn’t really work for me when I tested it at the counter. Not enough coverage for my scary dark circles:-( I also tested the YSL, but found the colouring not quite right. But I tested it on my wrist, so maybe that’s not that accurate. Would like to try the Dior one! Am currently using Stila Eye concealer and Shu which are ok, but do settle in the lines after some sweating :-(
Good tip on letting the concealer set before powder. I usually end up wiping off some while brushing on powder!
Btw, am using Safari to view your blog now as there are no glitches here!


Syen June 6, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I’ve heard great things about the Touche Eclat too, but am too cheapskate to fork out the money for it. So, I’ve instead gone for something which costs waaay less. TBS Lightening Touch. It works for me! =)

But after reading your take on Makeup Forever’s Full Cover Concealer.. hmmm… it does sound tempting. Pricey. But tempting. *ekeke*

Great post, Paris!


ParisB June 6, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Maria: The MUFE lift concealer is RM70 a tube. I’ve heard both good and not so good things about the YSL which makes me wonder if its worth the price tag.

Monstro: I think its a Mac + firefox thing :) And Lift concealer isn’t doing great for me either but I refuse to buy another until I’m done with it… which will be for a while…

Syen: Thanks! I was toying with The Body Shop one too! I should go and read your review now hehe…


akiki June 6, 2008 at 9:10 pm

concealer seemed to be useless to me…
or may be i got the wrong concealer??haha..
but i’m still using it everyday XD


Ms. Blacklace June 6, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I use the Witch concealer stick when I get acne.

It’s quite good. i use with without any foundation though.


Ms. Blacklace June 6, 2008 at 11:47 pm

The great singapore sale is on!!!!! So you can come over to stock up on L’oreal Touche Magique. We still have it here.


June 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

Been using stila’s stick concealer and liquid concealer from Origins (Quick, Hide!). The latter’s easier to apply in a rush in the mornings.


YZ June 7, 2008 at 12:10 am

Can’t live without concealer :) No matter how rushed I am in the mornings, I ALWAYS conceal my dark undereye circles before I step out of the house. I alternate between Maybelline Coverstick (on my 2nd tube!) & ZA Concealer Perfection. Although mere drugstore brands, both have worked well for me 😀


Jooj June 7, 2008 at 12:43 am

i, too, put on concealer around my eyes with my fingers! it’s one of the few makeup items i use my fingers for. your review has me thinking of trying MUFE’s concealer once my current on is finished… but everytime i try to shop at MUFE they never have a color match for me :( too bad for them i guess


ParisB June 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Akiki: It depends on the condition of your skin and what you are using the concealer for. The idea is to conceal blemishes so if you have none, there’s no need for it!

Ms. Blacklace: I was down in Singapore but didn’t see Touche Magique. Wouldn’t get it anyway coz its been discontinued for a while now. I saw Witch too when I was there. Never seen it here before.

Synical: 2 brands I haven’t tried too. Glad they work for you!


Nikki June 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Concealer definitely is a “magic” potion. Your before and after photo says it all!!!! fingers works for you and it worked for me too!!! I’ve used too much concealer the past and I just can’t seem to make it work for me, I look like i cried all night with huge “skintone” puffy eyes. Now I got the right shade and the right concealer..i’m happy! :) glad you found yours that works :)


ParisB June 7, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Yz: I used to like the Maybelline Cover Stick too! I reviewed it in my old site. Maybe I should port it over here. Drugstore stuff can be good too. The other one I like is the Revlon Age Defying concealer. Works well too and is much cheaper than high end.

Jooj: I have a problem with MUFE color matches for their foundation. Nothing suits me!

Nikki: Yes, too much concealer can be a bad thing too hehe…


geekchic June 7, 2008 at 12:19 pm

RE: YSL Touche eclat, it’s a hit-and-miss thing sometimes. If you’ve got chronic dark circles, the touche eclat would give it the ashy look, not what you’re after.if you’ve got light dark circles, then yes, this would work. This has worked for me on certain days and not on other when the dark circles are extremely severe. The other one that’s similar is Dior skinflash. It’s pinkier than touche eclat and the ashy factor is more apparent.

Just my 2cents.

Can’t wait to try out MUFE!


Natallie June 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Your post came just in time as I’m looking for a useful concealer 😉 It’s definitely great help! I’ve read your previous post about MUFE concealer, I’m going to get one tube..hehe.


ParisB June 7, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Geekchic: Ah! the perils of light concealer/foundation on darker skin. Ashy colors. Its looking like a zombie vs looking like you didn’t sleep well. Glad to read about the experiences of a YSL user!

Natallie: Thanks and I hope it works for you!


jojoba June 8, 2008 at 7:55 am

i just have to say that without my Make Up For Ever Full Cover, i look like a spotty cat! gotta try it out!
btw, you write the most sensible tipping posts! :)


June 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Right now I’m using Kanebo Media (discontinued) for my concealer, but I think I grabbed the wrong color so I need to use my mineral makeup foundation over it if not my undereye circles look a different color from the rest of my skin. :(

I’m so interested in MUFE’s Lift Concealer now that I’ve seen your before / after photos! Oh PB, my makeup stashes are growing by the leaps and bounds ever since I read your blog faithfully!


ParisB June 9, 2008 at 10:30 am

Jojoba: Thanks! And thanks to you too for introducing me to Full Cover! Can’t do without. Though i’m sure you don’t look like a spotty cat! 😛

Rinnah:Oh dear I’m so bad aren’t I? 😉 I’ll try to work in some drugstore items soon. Having so many high end reviews are bad for my wallet too! 😛 But it sounds like your concealer isn’t quite right for you. Though having met you, you don’t need concealer!! 😛


June 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Hahaha… thank you for your kind words, but I had my regular makeup on therefore you couldn’t see the flaws! Teeheehee. Had to look good also mah… meeting the beauty bloggers – you n Beetrice.


June 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Thank heavens for the creator of concealers :p I still haven’t found THE concealer for me though. I’ll definitely check out the MUFE one when I go back to M’sia in Sept.

PS: Hey do another blogger meet-up thing lah. I wanna meet up with you guys!!


YZ June 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Yup, it would be great if you could post your old review on Maybelline Cover Stick here! :) Having read another old review of yours on the Revlon Age Defying Concealer with Botafirm, I might just get it the next time :) However, I do find it a tad unhygienic as it’s in pan form (I use my fingers for applying concealer.)


Shannon June 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer sounds so tempting…

My dark eye circles isnt my biggest problem.. it’s my acne scars. Very often, whenever I get a pimple, even though I religiously apply pimple cream, not picking the pimple, it will always leave a scar. To make matters worse, I have acne-prone skin. Try so many concealers already.. I havent really find one that can really conceal and stay concealed!

Maybe I should try this one out, ya? Then again… where is it sold in Singapore? I’ve heard of this brand.. but never see it anywhere..

Anyway, recently there’s a hype on Blemish Balm cream (aka BB cream) in Singapore. Have you tried any?


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