I own about 20 different concealers. Truth. I actually counted them not long ago, and I was surprised that I had accumulated so many! But I also found out that there’s now a name for having so many different concealers: a concealer wardrobe! I am definitely on trend.
It’s certainly not necessary to have 20 different concealers, but there is a method to my madness! A concealer wardrobe consists of different types and forms (e.g. crayons, liquids, creams, solids) in different shades (e.g. light, medium, orange or lavender or green) for different concealing tasks. See, it actually makes sense.
I promise I am not going to write long reviews of each of my concealers, but instead I’ll let you know which I use for what. Here are swatches so you can see the differences among all my options.
Covering Up My Dark Circles
To cover the dark circles under my eyes, I will sometimes use two different concealers. First, I use Tarte Colored Clay CC Under Eye Corrector in Light/Medium. It’s a peach shade that neutralizes the blue of the shadows. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Fair Golden is also a peachy shade that’s darker than my skin tone, and I’ll sometimes reach for that one because of the easy to use tube. Second, I’ll apply a lighter, brighter liquid concealer like IT Cosmetics Hello Light Brightener from Eyelift In A Tube, my budget option Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal, or the ultra-smooth Smashbox 24 Hour Spot CC Concealer in Fair/Light. I apply it in a triangular shape to brighten and highlight my eyes.
Concealing My Sun Damage
To hide the dark spots that my foundation doesn’t cover, I use a variety of concealers depending on my mood. Sometimes I use a crayon like Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick in Fair. Other times, I use IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Neutral Medium from the dual-sided Eyelift In A Tube because it’s easy to dab it on with the wand, or I’ll use the tube version of Bye Bye Under Eye with my Amazing Cosmetics concealer brush or my finger. Sometimes, I’ll use Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in any of three shades that I own, the long-wearing Becca Ultimate Concealer in Praline or budget NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light.
Concealers, especially concealer crayons like Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick Cover and Contour in a darker shade, make fabulous concealers. I apply Amazing Cosmetics crayon in Medium along the sides of my nose, under my cheek bones and along my jawline to give my square face a more sculptured effect. Then I’ll use the lighter shade Perfection Stick in Fair or Becca Ultimate Concealer in Praline to highlight the tops of my cheeks for a little brightness. Easy peasy.
In addition to brightening my under eye area that I mentioned above, I often reach for my NYX Wonder Pencil in Light to line my lower waterline. It gives me a more natural awake look than using a white eyeliner.
I like to carry the Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Sticks with me in my purse makeup bag in case I need to touch up during the day. I bring both Fair and Medium (gotta be prepared!), and it’s so quick to just draw some on and smooth it with my finger.
So there you have it. I’ve actually gotten just about all of my concealers at Ulta Beauty! My local Ulta Beauty is a free-standing store with a gigantic window at the front that makes it easier to select shades in natural daylight. Plus they carry so many different brands at all price points. That’s why I’ve ended up with so many concealers!
Have you tried any of these concealers? Which are your favorites?
Disclosure: Ulta and one of their clients provided a few of the concealers mentioned, but in all honesty, I owned 20+ concealers prior to this post and I bought them all myself from Ulta Beauty! As always, any product mentioned is one I’ve used myself and feel confident in recommending!