Let’s face it, we’ve all got something to hide. Under-eye circles, blemishes, age spots, broken capillaries, acne scars or other discolourations are a reality on most complexions, but luckily you can do something to camouflage these imperfections. Foundation goes a long way in evening out your skin tone but if you really want to aim for flawless look, a strategic touch of concealer is the way to go.
The goal is to find a concealer formulation that gives you solid coverage without looking too mask-like. Too dry or chalky and it might accentuate fine lines and wrinkles; too creamy and it might rub off after an hour or two (note, setting with a translucent powder can help extend staying power). Some people prefer to use their finger tips to dab and blend the concealer in place, while others opt for a cosmetic sponge or brush to apply with precision. Start with a minimal touch and then add layers as needed, using it under or over foundation or even on its own.
It can take a little trial and error, but you need to find a shade that blends seamlessly into your skin tone rather one that’s a full shade or two off. Trust me, trying to disguise dark circles with a much lighter hue will only give you the dreaded “reverse raccoon” eyes, and attempting to erase spots with dark, opaque dots will just scream “chicken pox”. You’re aiming for a soft, subtle correction that looks natural so stick to a shade close to home. Most companies offer a few color options, so with a little experimentation you’re bound to find your perfect personal pigment.
Here are a variety of natural concealers we carry at Saffron Rouge, ranging from stick, wand, pot, pen and tube applications. Best of all, these products are made from such wholesome, nourishing, conditioning ingredients that they actually heal while they conceal.
Dr. Hauchka’s Pure Care Coverstick is a thick, creamy, long-lasting matte formula that works well with or without a foundation. Part skin care, part cosmetic, its ingredient list includes tea tree oil, manuka, anthyllis and calendula so it treats, protects and regenerates cells while disguising trouble-spots. The handy stick application makes it easy to dab on and touch up, leaving a smooth, natural finish. For the delicate under-eye area, Dr. Hauchka’s Concealer Pen offers a lighter, gentler formulation in a twist-up container that makes it easy to apply just the right amount. It makes you look like you got a full eight hours of rest even if you burnt the midnight oil.
For an effective concealer in a mineral powder form, you’ll love our Lily Lilo Cover-Up. It’s surprising how such a soft, airy, velvety powder can provide such great coverage. You can build this in layers to achieve just the right look – a light hand if you just need a minor edit, or a few more sweeps if you need to disguise more significant sins. Naturally, the nourishing minerals also control oil for a flawless matte finish and fantastic staying power.
Another recommended option is Inika’s Natural Perfection Concealer, one of our special finds from Down Under. It has a whipped mousse texture which makes it exceedingly blendable – just a few gentle pats or strokes with a brush and flaws seem to magically disappear. Nourishing oils like macadamia, apricot kernel and evening primrose keep your skin hydrated and prevent this concealer from settling in your creases or irritating blemishes. This concealer has light-reflecting attributes that give your skin a natural radiance.
More than a mere concealer, the aptly named “Un” Cover-Up from RMS Beauty can be used as a light all-over foundation or just where you need a little extra coverage. It is ideal for erasing ruddy, sallow or reddish undertones on your face and is excellent at brightening under-eye circles. It comes in four creamy, moisturizing pots of color that seem to melt into the face and adjust to any complexion. It is extremely blendable and versatile, offering sheer to opaque effects that leave an even, radiant, dewy finish.
Last but not least is our brand-new, just-launched undercover agent Correct Coverage Concealer by Suki. It comes in a convenient eco-friendly compact with mirror so you can apply and touch-up on the go. The pure mineral pigments help correct redness and cover-up a variety of minor imperfections, but it also goes a step further. It contains caffeine which stimulates skin cells, reduces pore size and minimizes puffiness. It also contains white willow bark, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Other ingredients help boost collagen, fight free-radicals and balance oil production, so with this product you are not only disguising facial flaws, you’re remedying and preventing them too.
Isn’t it good to know that even though we weren’t all born with perfect peaches-and-cream complexions, we can at least camouflage our flaws and put our best faces forward with a little help from these natural concealers.