How to shop for concealer

For under eye circles, blemishes and brown spots editor Trudi Brewer shares her concealer rules and top formulas on TV3's The Cafe with host Melaine Homer.

Understanding how and where to put concealer is the first step in wiping out the look of fatigue, brown spots and blemishes from your complexion. Here are my top tips and the latest launches.

Top tips

Getting the perfect colour match begins with understanding the undertone or colour of your skin. A cool skin has a pink, red or bluish undertone. If your skin is warm it will have a yellow, peachy, or golden undertone. And for those with a neutral skin tone, this shows a mix of both warm and cool undertones.

When covering dark circles, which tend to have a blue or purple hue, choose a concealer with a peach tone to counteract darkness. If you want to cover spots, choose a green-toned concealer to counteract any redness. For correcting any blemishes think of the shade selection in painting terms. Light colours bring forward, while dark colours help to recede.

The skin under your eyes is seven times thinner than the rest of the skin on your face. Be gentle with this area when applying concealer. Use a light consistency of concealer if it's too thick, or not the right colour, you maybe accentuating your flaws, rather than concealing them.

To avoid accentuating wrinkles under the eyes, prep the eye area with an eye cream before piling on a colour corrector or concealer. That way the makeup won't sit in the fine lines. Always use your ring finger when applying concealer under the eye, it has the most gentle touch.

Some of Editor Trudi Brewer's favourite formulas

Beige Clinique concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer 24 Hour Wear, $42.

Creamy and correcting, the brand says you get 24-hour coverage with this new complexion perfector. It's hydrating, it covers any imperfection fast, and there are 18 shades including a must-have peach-tinted option for wiping out the look of fatigue under the eyes. It's genius.

Black Bareminerals Barepro Concealer

BAREMINERALS BAREPRO 16-Hr Full Coverage Concealer, $38. 

Mineral-based, this is a natural option for correcting flaws. It's water and sweat proof thanks to a clever long-wear technology that stops the colour slipping from your face. This hardworking formula erases dark circles, blemishes and brown spots. There are 10 shades.


Revlon PhotoReady Colour Correcting Pens, $29.

Lightweight, and easy to apply thanks to the built-in brush, this pen-like concealer comes in three shades (pictured here green). They will correct the look of blemishes, dullness and dark circles. The clever 3D colour correcting pigments include green, to remove redness, lavender to wipe out the look of a sallowness, and peach to cover dark spots will help you create a flawless finish to your skin in seconds.

Opened up bottle of Beige Hourglass concealer with lid sitting upright next to bottle

Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid, $54.

Launching at Mecca in a few weeks, this serum-like formula instantly illuminates, while adding a tint of colour to the skin. Ultra lightweight, it can be used in a multitude of ways. From adding instant hydration, under the eyes, to retouching makeup around the lips before applying lipstick. Stacked with hyaluronic acid, plant water and grapefruit extracts, think of this as skincare with makeup benefits. There are 10 shades.

By Terry concealer stick with a dark purple case 

By Terry Stylo-Expert Click Stick, $62

This stick formula does it all. It conceals, brightens, highlights and even contours. Presented in a tear-drop shape it's brilliant for getting up close to the eye area. Simply click the pen-like tube, dot it on, and blend it in with your fingers or a brush. Hydrating, with a velvet-matte finish, it lasts for hours.