The most exciting part of my makeup routine is highlighting my less noticeable features with concealer-my infraorbital figure (under-eye area), philtrum (above my lip), chin boss (middle of my chin), bridge of my nose, and brow bone.В As a girl, I'd sit in the powder room and watch my motherВ apply her makeup. That's where I learned to love it. But, she didn't use concealer. Though, over time, makeup formulas evolved and educationВ about how to properly shape your face became more readily available. After years of trying techniques, I found my niche with concealer-highlighting without contouring, to be specific.В
Concealer can be used to cover blemishes and discoloration, or appliedВ to highlight. For the latter, the shade should be a shade or two lighter than your actual complexion. The best way to do this? Understand your undertone.В I am a black woman of African American descent with luscious caramel skin. Which means every shade of brown won't work, the same way it wouldn't with lighter skin tones. Each complexion is unique. See,В undertones are separated into cool, warm, and neutral categories with blue, red, and pink, falling under the cool realm, and yellow, gold, and peach in the warm. Neutral undertones are a mix of both.
Personally, I have caramel skin with super yellow undertones-so warm, yellow-tone concealers work best.В But, I didn't always know that. It wasn't until Cle de Peau's cult-favoriteВ formulaВ (in the shade Honey), landed on my desk years ago that I began to understandВ how much undertones come into play when finding the perfect formula.В And, it was only then that I began toВ look like as much like myself with makeup on as did bare-faced. Adding a little yellow here, a dab of chestnut there, and some bronzeВ along the sidesВ is the formula that works best for me. Below, find concealers to best match my skin tone.ClГ© de Peau Concealer in Honey $70Shop
The color, the color, the color! Did I mention the color? It's perfect for me!В The Honey shade exquisitely matches my skin, better than any other concealer I've tried. And, the formula hugs like a second skin.В It's hydrating, buildable, and waterproof. This hero product single-handedly changed my life and upped my makeup game, seriously.
ВMAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC35 $22Shop
I came across this little pot as I was tidying up my beauty storage and it instantly became one of my favorite concealers-I use the NC 35 medium beige shade with golden neutral undertone for medium skin. The emollient-based formula is extremely workable and applies best with a small, flathead brush. I blend it out with a Beautyblender, but it's also easy to use with your fingers, as you can get into the little creases around your eyes and smoothing it out.
ВBurberry Cashmere Concealer in Honey $40Shop
The soft, cushiony applicator is the key-making itВ simple toВ coverВ blemishes, dark circles, and any discoloration. It's really pigmented, but the formulaВ is so soft (like cashmere)В so it's comfortable enough to wear under your eyes each day.
ВFenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Caramel $25Shop
This one comes in handy when IВ have a bit of a tan, as it's more toasted than the rest.В At first, I wasВ apprehensive about the matte formula-no one wants dry-looking under-eyes-but this product has never dried out my skin and, instead, offered flawless coverage.
ВTarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer in 37G $27Shop
After hearing so much hoopla about this one concealer, I caved,В gave it spin, and must admit that it lives up to its hype. Again, matte formulas frighten me but this product is a bit of a hybrid. It comes in liquid form and dries matte, as the shea and mango butters offer moisturizing properties on top of the supreme long-wear capabilities.
ВNars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger $30Shop
This beloved concealer isВ super creamy and hydrating, so it definitely takes the cake duringВ the winter months when the air gets dry.В It has a mineral tone balancing powder that reflects light to mask any imperfections, as well asВ grape seed extract and Vitamin E secure moisture.В If you have medium-toned skin with golden undertones, this is the pick for you.
FYI: Meet "micro-concealing"-aВ makeup trick that keeps your skin looking like skin.