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Take a stroll down the makeup aisles in any drugstore and more than likely, you’ll become overwhelmed. With so many products to choose from, how are you supposed to figure out which ones will work best for you? There’s one makeup item that can be particularly hard to pick out, especially because you need it to match your skin tone perfectly: concealer. Before you go blindly buying whichever concealer type and shade catches your eye, read this. Here, we’re walking you through all of our best drugstore concealers, including our best under-eye drugstore concealer and our best drugstore concealer for acne.
Without further ado, allow us to share our best ways to cover-up and camouflage. There’s one for just about every skin type, skin care concern, and product feature that you can think of.
When you’re in search of a concealer to cover acne, it’s a must that it provides full coverage and will last for the long haul. Basically, we’re describing the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage. The full coverage formula comes in 25 shades and will stay put all day. It’s even waterproof—making it a perfect pick for summer. Use this concealer to disguise acne and dark spots—basically anything you want to keep hidden.
While concealer is typically used for masking imperfections, not every occasion or complexion concern calls for a heavy-duty concealer. There are also plenty of situations—including covering dark circles—that call for medium coverage and a blendable, buildable formula. It’s all too easy for concealer to crease under the eyes, so a buildable formula, like that of the L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, is really a must. Use the built-in cushion applicator to precisely apply our best drugstore under-eye concealer, then blend out for a smooth, seamless final look.
Dewy skin is officially in, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. That’s because glowing skin equals healthy, hydrated skin. And who doesn’t want that? Whether you have dry skin or simply want to get in on this trend, swipe on concealer that has a radiant (read: not matte) finish, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer. Inspired by professional makeup artists, this concealer allows you to conceal and correct with a lightweight, radiant formula that lasts.
If you’re not already color-correcting, it might be time to start. Using certain colorful concealer shades can help hide skin imperfections such as dark circles, spots, and blemishes. Our best concealer to color correct with is the L'Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayon, which comes in five different shades: green to neutralize redness, yellow for age spots, and peach, bisque, and orange for dark circles, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.
Concealer can be used for more than just hiding imperfections and brightening your under-eye area. If you don’t have a contour product on hand, you can use a concealer that’s darker than your skin tone to contour and one that’s lighter to highlight. For everything you need to contour with concealer, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit.
Need a quick refresher on how best to use concealer as part of your regular makeup routine? Here’s your step-by-step guide.
Before you even go about applying your face makeup, you need to start with a clean face. Use a gentle facial cleanser, then follow up with your go-to face moisturizer. Once you’ve thoroughly cleansed and moisturized and your skin is dry, it’s time to move on to makeup.
In order to help ensure that your face makeup stays put all day long, sans smearing or smudging, you’ll want to start your makeup routine off by applying primer. We have options for you here, too! For an overall matte finish, pick up the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. For a glowing final result, try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer. Whichever one you choose, apply a light layer onto your entire complexion.
This is a common makeup error, so pay close attention: You should always apply your foundation before you put on concealer. That’s why it’s called foundation, after all! When you apply concealer first, there’s a solid chance you’ll end up applying way too much. So, be sure to apply a thin layer of your foundation of choice onto your entire complexion first. We recommending blending it with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a smooth finish!
Did you decide color correcting was a necessity? Dab whichever colors you chose onto the correct spots, then move onto the next step—more concealer. That’s right, you’ll need a flesh-toned concealer to cover up any unnatural tints that may be left behind after color correcting.
Now, it’s finally time to conceal! Whatever concealer you choose to go with, apply it onto areas that need an extra bit of coverage. Think: Under-eyes, blemishes, and dark spots. Grab your concealer and dot it wherever it’s needed, then blend out with your makeup blender. Voila!
Whether you want to contour and highlight with concealer or prefer to use separate products, this is your chance to do it. Contour the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and the sides of your nose, then highlight your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and the bridge of your nose.
As a final face makeup step, dust on a bit of face powder to set it all in place.
Now that your face makeup is in place, it’s time to apply your eye makeup and lip color. The options are pretty much endless, so have fun creating a look you love! Once everything is applied, set it all with a few spritzes of a setting spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. To use, simply shake up the bottle then, holding it about eight to ten inches away from your face, spray four to six times in an X & T motion.
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