For many beauty lovers, the number one product they can’t live without is a toss-up between mega lash-enhancing mascara and creamy easy to blend concealer. We’re here to break the tie. A good concealer camouflages imperfections and hides the evidence of last night’s late-night happy hour, but did you know it can do so much more?
Concealer can totally act as an eyeshadow primer. To streamline your makeup bag, get rid of all the excess primer's you aren't using, and apply a thin layer of concealer on eyelids as an eye shadow base. It will neutralize discoloration and create an even, blank canvas for your eye makeup. Just apply it with a brush to avoid depositing your finger’s oils onto your lids, and set it with a dusting of loose powder.
Top Product Pick: Clé de Peau Concealer ($70)
If experimenting with a shimmery highlighter isn't your thing, you certainly don’t have to give up on highlighting altogether. Concealer that’s a half shade or one shade lighter than your complexion (under-eye concealer usually falls into this category) can be used as a subtle highlight, bringing light—without the luminous sheen that is sometimes hard to apply—to the brow bones, cheekbones, and center of the nose.
Top Product Pick: Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer ($34)
If you’ve ever fallen madly in love with a lipstick only to be disappointed by the color payoff on your lips, you’re not alone. The one key thing to remember about lipsticks, is the actual pigment of your natural lip can alter the color, making it difficult to get the color you want. Get a true-to-tone hue by starting with concealer as a neutralizer on the lips. Simply pat your lips with a cream concealer, then apply lipstick, and watch the pigment pop.
Top Product Pick: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, ($30)
Ever arrive at your vacation destination, open up your cosmetics case, and realize you forgot to pack your foundation? Not to worry, your concealer can take on the multi-tasking job of a foundation, too. Take a deep breath because as long your cover-up made it through security, you’ll be fine. In a pinch, mix concealer and face lotion to create a light foundation, and build up the coverage by adding more concealer.
Top Product Pick: Physician's Formula #InstaReady Concealer, ($9)
When in doubt, bold brows and a bright lip is always a classic beauty strategy. A quick, no-fuss way to give eyebrows an extra dose of definition (whether they’re bold or bare) is to outline them in concealer. Use a small, precision brush to trace your brows in concealer, and then simply blend out the lines with your finger. The same trick works for making a statement lip color pop. Next time you wear a red lip, try using concealer and a brush to clean up the edges and perfect the shape.
Top Product Pick: Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer, ($27)