In Part 2: Which is the Right Foundation Colour for Me?, we looked at foundation colours and skin undertones. Today we will look at concealers, and how different formulas are created for different purposes and different levels of coverage. For example:
- Creme concealer – quite versatile and provides light to full coverage depending on how you use it (this is the one I prefer to use in my kit – I find it to be quite versatile)
- Stick concealer – quit common and practical, usually moist enough to conceal well and not be too trying
- Wand concealer – is usually the sheerest of all concealers, good for concealing minor imperfections
- Pencil concealer – great for concealing spots
- Highlighting Pen – not really a concealer, I decided to include it as it can provide some coverage, specially if used under the eye area to mask darkness and to highlight
Concealer Colour Choices
In general, concealers come in five main colour groups:
- Neutral (skin tone) – good for covering basic spots and pigmentation
- Yellow – generally used for covering dark under eye circles
- Orange (or salmon) – like yellow concealer, used to cover under eye circles, particularly blue/purple (I prefer to use this one over yellow)
- Green – used to cover up redness
- Pink – good for covering brown, specially melasma/pigmentation spots
How do you use yellow, orange, green and pink concealers? Different make-up artists work differently, I prefer to mix these strong colours with a little bit of foundation, and then place it on the area I need to cover. Otherwise, it looks like you have yellow, orange, green or pink on your face!
Above is a picture of my concealer palette. As you can see, not only do I have yellow, orange, green and pink in the palette, I also have a range of skin colours from light to dark with yellow/orange/green/pink undertones. This palette is really handy to have at shoots as I have a colour ready to use, or can easily mix to suit.