How To Use Concealer: The Best Drugstore Concealer Choices For Your Beauty Bag

The battle to banish dark circles is won when you know how to use concealer. Choose the best drugstore concealer and the war is won forever. Sometimes that extra hour of sleep just isn't enough. Luckily, concealer is the biggest lifesaver (or rather, face saver) in your makeup arsenal!

Concealer can be used to hide blemishes, act as an under eye brightener, and highlight your cheek bones. This handy little tool can cover up discolorations, and along with foundation, even out your skin tone.

But with so many options, which products should you choose to create an amazing concealer palette customized for you? Because we know how important a good concealer is to your regular beauty routine, the MUAs @Revelere have broken down the critical decisions by formula and shade.


The choices can be overwhelming. You can find a concealer for every skin type: concealer for oily skin, concealer for dry skin, and a lightweight concealer for normal / combination skin. You can find an amazing concealer in a variety of applications: a liquid concealer, a stick concealer, a cream concealer or a concealer pen. But which formula is best: a creamy concealer, a concealer stick or a liquid concealer?

Deciding which types of concealer are best for you depends on your skin type and the problem you are trying to cover up.

  • A cream concealer for face is thicker than a liquid formula, but not as thick as a concealer stick. A cream-compact full coverage concealer is capable of providing intense coverage due to the texture and more opaque pigment. Cream-compact concealer works well as a good under eye concealer and is one of the best concealer options for covering up a beauty mark or as an eyebrow concealer.

  • Liquid concealer works well with all skin types and you can apply a liquid to achieve light, medium or full coverage. This kind of concealer is preferred as a blemish concealer because it poses minimal risk of clogging pores, which creamy concealers may do.

  • Just like the cream concealer, a stick concealer is quite pigmented and typically more nourishing, so it's best for normal skin, sensitive skin, and especially dry skin when you want a hydrating concealer. A cream will be heavier than a liquid, but can still be used to build the coverage you want, ranging from medium to full and available finishes include satin and matte. We recommend a stick formula as an under eye brightener, an eyebrow concealer or with enough depth, even a tattoo concealer.

How To Choose Concealer Shades

The secret to color correction and concealer is to choose the right shade for the issue you are trying to fix.

You can find a really good concealer to hide every type of problem. Concealers come in a variety of shades to match every skintone while concealer correctors are available in shades to address imperfections and discolorisation including yellow, orange, green, pink, purple, white and peach concealer correction.

However, choosing the right shade or formula can be a bit tricky. Too much concealer can draw attention to problematic areas, making blemishes look more visible, and leave white blotches around dark areas, especially under the eye. And that's something you certainly don't want on your face.

Choosing the right concealer colors will depend on your skin tone and the color of the problem you are trying to correct. We've shared the color wheel secret of many pro makeup artists here (link to color wheel story) but as always, try before you buy and test near natural light to ensure you've selected the perfect match for your skin tones.

When selecting a face concealer, choose a shade that is one shade lighter than your skin tone or a shade that matches your foundation shade. For a good eye concealer, one or two shades lighter than your skin tone will be enough to cover up dark circles without creating blotches. If your skin tone is dark or deep dark, choose a concealer for dark skin that exactly matches your foundation shade.

For color corrections, there are some options:

  • Need to balance out unwanted cool tones in your skin? Reach for an orange concealer.

  • If you have yellow undertones, try a purple color corrector concealer to bring out your skin's natural glow.

  • Do you have sensitive skin and need to cover up some redness? Apply a green concealer on top of anything red (rosacea, acne, birthmarks, and even scars). A green color corrector will neutralize the redness immediately.
  • If you have small imperfections with a bluish or purple tinge, look for an orange concealer or a yellow concealer that is about one shade lighter than your normal skin tone.

  • If you are looking to transform a brown imperfection, try peach concealer or orange concealer.

  • Not looking to hide but enhance your best features? Any pro concealer artist will tell you that a long draw of white concealer along the bridge of your nose is perfect for lengthening your profile.

How To Apply Concealer

Confused which you should apply first? Foundation vs Concealer

Which comes first: concealer vs foundation? Our recommendation is to use your concealer first (before applying a foundation), in an upside-down triangle shape underneath your eye and the point toward your cheek using a good concealer brush. This technique will conceal dark circles, and will 'lift' your face. One shade lighter than your skin is a good bet to create a wide-awake look without reverse panda eyes. Next, apply your favorite foundation (link to Revelere foundations), and soon, you will have a perfectly glowing, smooth complexion.

No matter if you are hiding the effects of a long week at work, or the stress of daily life, the best concealers will transform your base from tired to glowing — and now, you know how to choose and apply them!

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