Not only is this product of holy grail status for many girls and makeup artists, it leaves an undetectable finish.
What if finding a good concealer wasn’t as difficult as you thought?
Many times we over complicate things by thinking we need to go to all the makeup counters, talk to all the beauty consultants, only to find ourselves feeling more confused than we were, to begin with.
Let’s begin with sheer basics. Choosing your concealer mainly depends on what works for your skin type and concerns.
The easiest part of finding what is the best concealer for you is to do your own research. So, to help you, this article will assist you to find a perfect concealer that suits your Asian skin tone!
For the under eye area, be sure to select a shade of concealer that’s no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to avoid the obvious pale white looking circle around the eyes.
For the face, select a concealer that almost matches the colour of your foundation.
So, before you head out to buy a concealer, make sure you know what your exactly looking for. Decipher what your needs are to be fixed by a concealer.
Do you have dark circles that you want to completely erase?
Do you want something which hydrates any pesky flakiness and doesn’t look cakey?
Or do you simply want something which you can quickly apply and rush out the house without having to worry about the concealer slipping and sliding off during the day?
Once you have pinpointed your needs, choosing the right concealer is the next step.
Types of Concealers
There are different types of concealers you can use. Here are the three common types for you to choose from depending on your skin type.
A liquid concealer is the most versatile, it is perfect for normal, oily or combination skin types.
It’s easy to apply, and you can build up the coverage, which ranges from light to full. Also, liquid concealers come in various finishes such as dewy, satin and matt. Matte.
If you are someone with sensitive and acne-prone skin, it’s recommended you try this type of concealer as its least likely to clog the pores.
Stick concealers are great for a sensitive and dry skin.
These are available in either a satin or matte finish, depending on the product you choose.
This kind of concealer has a coverage that you can build up ranging from medium to full.
If you have a dry or combination skin type, a cream concealer will work well for you.
Again you can build on the coverage, from medium to full. You can choose one with either a creamy finish or a satin finish. Their texture is great to conceal any discolouration.
Often cream concealers tend to crease after wearing them for a long duration of time, this can be prevented by setting your concealer with some pressed powder or a hydrating spritz.
Choice of Concealers for Asian Skin
There are a vast variety of concealers available on the market suitable for Asian skin tones. So, to help you, below is a list of tried and tested, DESIblitz approved concealers which will definitely aid you in your concealer finding struggles!
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer (£18.50)
According to beauty expert Amita Patel (Desi Rascals fame), Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer “has to be the best concealer I’ve ever come across!”
It is perfect for all Asian skin types and tones.
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer (£17.00)
The Mac Pro Longwear Concealer is a full coverage concealer which hides any dark circles and doesn’t settle in any fine lines.
With a range of pink and yellow undertones, you will most likely find a suitable match.
The consistency of this concealer is that of a liquid, but you need to work with it quite quickly, as once it sets you won’t be able to manoeuvre the product.
The best way to use this concealer is to pump the product once on the back of your hand.
Then, either with your finger or a brush, gently pat the concealer under your eyes and blend with your fingers.
The warmth of your fingers will aid in blending the concealer seamlessly under your eyes.
Alternatively, you could dab a Beauty Blender sponge over the designated area for a more natural finish.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50)
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is a medium to full coverage concealer.
It comes with an ultra-thin consistency, which can be buildable for one’s personal preference.
This is a recent launch from Urban Decay and one that has truly understood the terms ‘weightless’ and ‘naked’.
It looks completely undetectable on the skin and leaves the most natural finish, despite being able to be built to full coverage.
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer (£22.00)
Nars is always jumping leaps and bounds in the ‘foundation/concealer game’.
With their previous hit foundations, Nars is a safe option as they always deliver.
Their ‘Creamy Radiant’ concealer does exactly what it says; it leaves a beautiful radiant look to your skin.
It is opaque enough to cancel any dark pigmentation around the eyes which a lot of us Desi girls seem to have.
They also have a great variety of shades available. They are top sellers at beauty counters so do shop around.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Concealer (£21.00 each, £46.00 Trio)
The Match Stix concealer comes in a chubby stick shape.
For creator and founder of the concealer range, pop star Rihanna, it was essential “that women everywhere would be included”.
It has a soft creamy texture, this product is easy to blend and instantly brightens up the face.
It looks natural enough for a daytime look but gives good coverage to last on a night out.
There are 20 shades in this concealer, and it comes highly recommended due to the variety of shades that suit Asian skin tones.
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer (£5.99)
An alternative and even a dupe of the Nars concealer is the Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer.
Not only does it have similar packaging, it is also of similar consistency and pays off.
This concealer is quite runny which could suggest that it won’t provide enough coverage to disguise under eye circles.
However, the finish it does give is that of a fresh and healthy look, which is what we are all looking for.
The applicator also allows you to build more coverage and blends like a dream.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer (£20.50)
The Clinique Airbrush Concealer is a brightening, light reflecting concealer that covers up dark circles and imperfections, creating an airbrushed effect.
This brand of concealers is great for a fair Asian skin tone. The undertone colours seem to work with a lighter Asian skin,
Especially a yellow undertone, this concealer helps soften lines and shadows on the face.
Its brush application makes it easy and effortless to apply.
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer (£23.00)
Bobbi Brown caters for diverse skin tones, so perfect for all Asian skin tones.
This concealer has an applicator with a sponge-tipped wand, this concentrated, highly pigmented concealer goes a long way, so use sparingly.
The coverage on this is long lasting. It visibly brightens dark circles, softens tired eyes and fine lines very well.
Bobbi Brown Corrector (£19.00)
Not exactly a concealer, but the Bobbi Brown Corrector can be used alone or with a concealer applied on top of the corrector.
This product is an absolute must-have if you suffer from darker pigmentation under your eyes.
Applying a concealer on top of dark circles may not completely erase them.
By first applying a corrector which is of a peachy undertone, you can counteract any extreme pigmentation. It can be also used on any other parts of the face which are uneven in tone e.g. around the mouth.
Not only is this product of holy grail status for many girls and even makeup artists, it truly leaves an undetectable finish.
So there you have it. We are pretty sure that you can easily find a great concealer that works for your skin, and also leaves a natural finish.
Applying Concealer Tips
Beauty expert Amita Patel, getting the right concealer for your Asian skin tone also requires you to apply it correctly. So, she provides the following tips to help you apply concealer in the right way.
Always apply a primer before any foundation or concealers.
Apply your foundation first and then apply your concealer.
You will find that you do not need to use as much concealer, if you do use concealer first you will find you will remove most of it while applying your foundation.
The best way to apply concealer is to draw a triangle with the base under your eye and the point towards your cheek, so like a V shape.
This shape instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted, pat the concealer lightly into the skin with a beauty blender/sponge, using a hydrating spritz or a loose powder helps set the concealer, you can build on the coverage.
When you apply concealer to the key areas of the face you don’t always need coverage elsewhere, the idea is you use a proper concealer under the eyes, down and around the nose and on any areas of redness on the jawline.
Apply sparingly and blend well. A light to dark bronzer can lightly be dusted over the entire face if you prefer the lightweight finish.
Concealers are an important part of your make up routine, they help disguise discolouration, age spots, pigmentation dark circles and uneven skin tones, leading to a flawless finish to your makeup base.
But to get the most from your concealer, make sure you take care of your skin too.
Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and keep moisturised whenever your skin is feeling tight or dry.
Remember, makeup only looks great on healthy looking skin!