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If your skin is marked with dark spots—whether you have aging, sun damage, or acne to thank for them—it’s safe to say you’d prefer they not be visible. While dark spot corrector can help to decrease the appearance of dark spots over time, there isn’t an instant fix. When you’re in need of a perfect complexion stat, makeup rather than skin care is the solution. With the right concealer, you can cover dark spots completely until it’s time to wash off your makeup. We’ve rounded up our best concealers for dark spots, since not any old concealer will do. Keep reading for all the details, including how to apply the concealers once you have your pick!
We have no doubt that you’re already aware what concealer is for: It covers up—or conceals—imperfections, helping you to achieve a more flawless skin finish. What you might not know is that different concealers can serve different purposes. One type of concealer may be perfect for disguising dark circles but not quite right for hiding blemishes. The same principle applies to covering dark spots. The concealer already in your arsenal may not be right for the job—even if it’s normally one of your holy grail products. If you’re hoping to temporarily diminish the appearance of dark spots, stick with one of our best concealers for dark spots.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon: Think back to middle school art class, when you learned about the color wheel. You were taught about complementary colors, those that are opposites on the wheel. Now that you’ve refreshed your memory, you can apply that knowledge to help hide your dark spots. By applying concealer in a color that’s opposite the color of dark spots, you can effectively cancel out their appearance. Our color correcting concealer crayons come in three hues meant for covering dark spots, which typically have a blue tone. Use peach to conceal dark spots on fair to light skin tones, bisque for light to medium skin tones, and orange for medium to deep skin tones.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer: Available in 14 shades, you’ll easily be able to find a concealer that matches your skin tone and undertone with this line. The retouching applicator allows you to blend, cover, and conceal wherever you need it. The concealer has a high-coverage formula that can disguise dark spots along with dark circles and fine lines—it can also help brighten the look of skin and blur for perfection.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit: Dark spots aren’t only an issue when you’re conveniently sitting at your vanity, ready to try and cover them up. Imperfections unfortunately aren’t kind enough to take a break when you’re traveling or on the go. In those cases, it’s best to have a color correcting palette on hand. That way, everything you need to disguise various spots is in one place. This color correcting palette contains four concealer shades, including a peach to cover dark circles and dark spots, and a sponge to apply them.
Now that you know the products to pick to “get rid of” dark spots, here’s how to apply them the right way.
Step 1: Prime. Before breaking out your concealer of choice, apply a layer of primer that suits your skin type. If you’re oily, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer. If your skin leans more dry, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer.
Step 2: Color correct. Using a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, apply color correcting concealer to any dark spots. Once your face is marked with orange or peach blotches of concealer, bounce the blender to buff out harsh lines.
Step 3: Conceal. If you didn’t expect to use more concealer—surprise! If you think it through, it shouldn’t be so shocking. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave your face with an orange hue. Applying a concealer that matches your skin tone can combat that effect.
Step 4: Apply foundation. For more coverage, follow concealer with foundation. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to apply.
Step 5: Set with face powder. Don’t step away from the mirror just yet. You still need to lock in your makeup. Sweep on a setting powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, to ensure your dark spots stay out of sight.
Next up: 8 Concealer Hacks to Add to Your Makeup Routine.