Conealer is a must have in many makeup bags, but is the one you’re using really meant for the problem you’re covering up? There are lots of concealers on the market to target specific problems, and I’ve tried quite a few from the drugstore that really work! Check out my recommendations for $15 or less! (Note: You don’t have to wear them all at the same time! Think about your own needs and where you want a little extra help!)
A. Erase Circles:
Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach ($15, Target.com)
For those who are dealing with the darkest of dark circles, a salmon-toned concealer is the very best neutralizer! This also works great on dark spots. At $15, this product costs a bit more than most traditional “drugstore” concealers, but a little goes a long way and it’s around $10 less than its high-end alternatives. Since this concealer has a slightly thicker texture, I recommend using your finger to apply and help it melt into the skin.
B. Banish Blemishes:
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Concealer ($9.99, Ulta.com)
It’s our instinct to want to cover up blemishes, but it pains me to cake lots of makeup on a spot that needs to breathe! Neutrogena’s Skin Clearing Concealer actually provides good coverage without looking cakey, and treats the problem area at the same time. It contains blemish-fighting salicylic acid, and is also oil-free. To apply, twist the product up through the applicator and dab on any problem areas.
C. Boost Brightness:
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($7.99, Ulta.com)
Maybe you don’t have a specific spot or circle to cover, but you simply want to give your face some added brightness. This twist-up pen from Maybelline is a great hybrid of concealer and highlighter. I like to sweep this on top of the cheekbones, down the nose, and in the center of the forehead, and then blend it out with a concealer or foundation brush. This gives the face instant dimension, and can be used alone or on top of other concealers.
D. All-Purpose Coverage:
Cover Girl + Olay Concealer Balm ($7.99, Target.com)
This concealer is the “jack of all trades” in my collection. While many drugstore stick concealers are dry and don’t look natural on the skin, this one is quite hydrating. It contains an emollient-rich serum by Olay, and it blends so easily, I sometimes use this as a stick foundation all over the face. This works well to cover anything– dark circles, age spots, or large patches of redness. (I love using this on broken capillaries around my nose!) Dot it where you need it, and blend it in with your fingers or a brush.
Hopefully this makes life a little easier as you navigate the aisles of the drugstore! Thanks for checking out my post, and for more reviews and tutorials check out the Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel
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