Eenie meenie, minie, mo… It’s mind boggling how many concealers there are to choose from, so I figured why not put together a post to help break down six top-notch natural concealers and how they perform.
One word about concealers: I prefer concentrating on the dark or discolored areas only, rather than taking my concealer right into the eye area. To me, treading on the delicate orbital zone is a surefire way of getting makeup stuck in creases and looking crepey. The other issue with placing concealer all the way around my eyes is that it makes my almond-shaped peepers seem even smaller. That’s not the look I’m after.
Anyway, this isn’t a how-to on how to apply it. I think that over time and playful experimenting, you find the makeup that you’re most comfortable wearing and the way to wear it. I just thought I’d share what works best for me, especially as I develop more fine lines. (Woohoo! Go 46-year-old skin!) I’ve linked to a post and a video by pro makeup artist Kristen Arnett below to cover the how-to part.
Just so you know, I’ve tried others but these are the ones that made the cut.
Best for blemishes
When I’m looking in the mirror and gasping at the new red dot on my face, Dr. Hauschka’s Coverstick is my Rx for pimples that catch me off-guard during the day. It’s the ultimate camouflage stick that also treats blemishes with naturally anti-septic tea tree oil and manuka oil, as well as wound-healing vitamin E. The formula never dries out my skin, but it does provide emergency coverage. I wouldn’t say that the zit heals much faster, but it does give me instant redness relief where I need it most without further aggravating the angry red dot. I don’t leave home without this one!
Newly repackaged from a tube to an eco-friendlier glass jar, the award-winning Hynt Beauty’s Duet Perfecting Concealer comes in a range of shades: dark, fair, light, medium, and tan to match many different skin tones—which is really important in a product that must blend seamlessly. It’s not a highlighter, after all, so the last thing you want it to do is draw attention to the part of your face you want concealed.
This vegan cream is highly pigmented and only needs a tiny dab to achieve full coverage. It can also be mixed with a moisturizer to create a customizable foundation or warmed on its own between fingers and stipple onto areas that need coverage. It wears really well, doesn’t look cakey later in the day, and keeps skin moisturized with a lovely selection of butters and oils like cupuacu seed butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil, as well as aloe vera to soothe skin. This is more opaque than some of the other options, so if you want full and creamy coverage, this is your pick. (Kristen’s video that’s linked below will show you exactly how to apply it perfectly to conceal under eye dark circles. I watched the video last night and tried it today, and it worked incredibly well. My circles vanished!!)
I’ve got a soft spot for a sweet compact and NU Evolution nailed it with the Camouflage Crème. The flat black case with mirror (a really nice mirror, I might add) easily slides into a small purse which makes it indispensable during a night on the town. The creamy formula makes this concealer glide on nicely, blend well, and offer a matte finish. It’s more sheer than Hynt Beauty’s Duet, so for fuller coverage it’s best to layer onto specific spots and blend.
Best all around
Studio 78 Paris Anti-Dark Circles Concealer is hands-down my favorite because it never ever ever creases and it does not budge. It is not creamy like most of the others, so the best way to apply it is to put your finger in the jar for a few seconds to warm up the product and then use a finger to press into areas that need coverage. Even for such a matte formula, it doesn’t dry out my skin at all and won’t vanish midday (which can be an issue sometimes). It’s also EcoCert certified which means that most of the ingredients are organic—20 percent are sourced from organic farming—and they benefit skin. It contains highly acclaimed squalane as the first ingredient and organic shea butter which accounts for why it’s totally non-drying. Another bonus: 100 percent of the packaging is biodegradable and recyclable.
Studio 78 Paris does have one fatal flaw, however. The cover tends to break off and won’t reattach without the aid of a rubber band or tape. This slight inconvenience doesn’t keep dedicated users like the Green Product Junkie and me away though. This manufacturing defect is a deterrent to carrying it around with me during the day, though, as I’ve had a few mishaps. It turns out, an open concealer is no friend to my handbag. Other than that, this is my go-to daily concealer.
W3LL People’s Bio Correct Concealer is easy to smooth onto skin thanks to its mousse-like texture and skin-loving formula that’s packed with organic algae, coffee, pomegranate, and anti-aging peptides. It’s more lightweight than some of the others and can be layered for fuller coverage. Not much is required for decent coverage, but I did have to play around with dispensing the right amount in the beginning until I got the hang of it. I think this is a great option if you love a slightly lighter, creamier texture and a small tube which is more hygienic than the finger in the pot option. A tube preserves the integrity of the natural product from light and air exposure too.
Great for oily skin
For oily or breakout-prone skin, I reach for Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar. Aside from the great name, this concealer has a lot to recommend itself (including being loved by Well Beauty Blog where I first read about it a while ago). For one, it comes in three peach-toned hues and one yellow option to camouflage redness. I’ve read that peach is the recommended color to neutralize dark circles, not yellow which can make the color worse (blue under-eye circles + yellow concealer = green monster. Conclusion: that’s a no, unless you’re going for that). Secondly, this powder also works well on scars though I recommend moisturizing well underneath a powder. That said, when my skin is acting up and is particularly clogged or dealing with an onslaught of blemishes, I steer clear of creams because they may contain irritants and head straight for products with fewer ingredients and zero emulsifiers. That’s where a powder really comes in handy as it’s gluten free and only contains mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, silk powder, silica, magnesium stearate, boron nitride, iron oxides.
Silk Naturals happens to be one of my favorite mineral makeup companies because of the addition of silk powder which draws moisture from the air and gives a dewy finish. From my experience of using it over the years, the combination of silk powder with minerals helps the makeup set better and wear beautifully during the day. (Sally B’s Skin Yummies is another brand that I recommend that has a great color selection and uses silk powder.)
How to apply
Finger or brush? That is the question. Personally, it varies depending on the amount of time I have (let’s be honest here) or on the formula. I use my finger mainly because it warms up the formula which helps it melt onto skin. Sometimes, unless I’m super careful, a brush can grab too much product and then I’m left wiping down the excess. But when I do have more time, this is one of my favorite brushes by Kjaer Weis.
For an excellent makeup lesson on how to apply it and how to choose the right color for you, head right on over to celeb makeup artist Kristen Arnett’s Green Beauty Team for a pro’s tutorial on choosing the right color and a brand new video on how to apply it.
Which brand do you love that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments! Also, I totally forgot to take pics of swatches, so make sure you’re following me on Facebook and/or on Instagram where I’ll post a photo as soon as I can.