A concealer makes pimples, redness and dark circles disappear quickly and easily. We will tell you here which product suits your skin and how to use it.

We all want smooth and healthy skin. In reality, however, most of us struggle with dark circles, blemishes and redness. It’s no wonder that concealer sticks are among the most popular cosmetic products, because they make small blemishes disappear quickly and conjure up a fresh and clear complexion. But which shade is the right one for you and what should you pay attention to when applying it? We give you tips and tricks for an optimal result.

What is the difference between cover stick and concealer?

Both a concealer and a concealer are intended to cover redness, shadows or imperfections in order to make the skin appear more even. A concealer, however, is more liquid, is most commonly used under the eyes, and often provides a glowing finish. A concealer is firmer, matte, and has more color pigment and coverage, making it better for covering pimples and severe redness.

How to use a concealer correctly?

Apply a concealer before foundation. It is best to use a day cream first and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then dab some cover stick or concealer on the skin area to be treated. For a natural result, don’t overdo it. Gently work the product into the skin with your fingertips, a brush or a make-up sponge. Then you can apply foundation or powder.

Which color is right for you?

The shade of the concealer should match your natural skin color and be as invisible as possible after application. If you’re using the pencil to cover up under-eye circles, choose a shade that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone. This makes your eyes look more awake and fresh.

Tip: Sometimes it’s worth using so-called color corrector concealers: a cover stick with a green undertone, for example, neutralizes redness particularly well. A yellow stick helps purple veins and violet helps create a glowing complexion.

Which concealer is right for you?

There are now a large number of products on the market and in addition to the different shades you also have the choice between high and low opacity and different (caring) ingredients. Which pen is right for you depends on your skin type and the area of ​​application.

Dark circles under the eyes can be well covered with a liquid concealer. If the circles or shadows under the eyes are not particularly pronounced, a liquid concealer with a low coverage will suffice for a fresh and natural look. Remember that the color should be one tone lighter than your skin tone.

Recommendation: Maybelline New York’s Instant Anti-Age Concealer is a popular classic among concealers. The integrated sponge applicator makes application particularly easy and the medium coverage ensures a natural result.

If you need a concealer that is primarily intended to conceal annoying pimples, it should contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients such as zinc, salicylic acid or tea tree oil. However, such a concealer should not be used on the eye, as it can dry out the sensitive skin area.

Recommendation: The DermoPure cover stick from Eucerin not only covers skin imperfections, but also effectively combats pimples and blackheads with salicylic acid.

For scars and pigment spots, highly opaque cover sticks with many color pigments are suitable. It is also advisable to choose a concealer with an integrated sun protection factor, as this protects scarred or pigmented skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Recommendation: The Studio Finish Concealer from MAC impresses with high coverage and integrated SPF 35. Even a small amount covers imperfections perfectly. The concealer also contains nourishing vitamin A and vitamin E.

If you have dry skin, you should generally use a liquid cover stick or concealer. At best, it should also contain caring components such as hyaluronic acid or aloe vera, which protect the skin from drying out. If you have sensitive skin, you should also use a fragrance-free product.

Recommendation: The mineral wake-up concealer from the natural cosmetics manufacturer Sante reliably covers dark circles and redness and cares for the skin with hyaluronic acid and organic aloe vera. Extra plus: the bottle is made of 100% recycled PET.

If you have rosacea, you can use a green concealer to conceal redness, but make sure the product doesn’t contain any irritating fragrances or preservatives. The pen should also be free of oil and grease and ideally contain UV protection.

Recommendation: The Couvrance correction stick from Avene evens out reddish skin irregularities particularly well. The stick is free of oil and preservatives and equipped with SPF 20.

Note: This article first appeared on Gala.de

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