Concealer is one of those beauty items that women either love or hate. And I’ve found that a lot of people who hate it aren’t using it properly.

Whether you’re using concealer to hide a blemish or to add definition to your look, it can be a girl’s best friend when worn the proper way.

Don’t deprive yourself of this beauty lifesaver! We’ve got you covered (literally!) with these tips to help you find the right shade and use it the right way:

1. Find The Right Shade.

For women of color, selecting a concealer shade is almost just as difficult as finding foundation. Orange-based tones are ideal for dark skin. The market doesn’t cater heavily to our makeup needs, despite us being their leading consumers, so we know the struggle. But look for brands that cater to darker complexions and go about one shade lighter than your natural complexion. A good way to test whether or not a shade works for you is by dabbing it on the blue veins on your wrist or on your neck below the ear.

When covering dark circles under the eyes, use a cream concealer since this is a sensitive area of the face. Also be cautious of using a shade that’s too light because it can cause a light-colored raccoon effect.

2. Apply Properly.

The first step to using concealer is making sure that you start with a clean, moisturized face. Moisturizer plumps skin and gives it a smooth foundation, which makes it easier for the product to blend.

To apply, you can use a brush or gently pat concealer on using your ring finger. It’s best to pat concealer on, instead of rubbing it in, for optimal coverage and blending.

Make sure to blend the edges of the concealed area with the surrounding skin by patting on the product in a circular motion to avoid harsh lines in the finished look, and set it with a loose powder before applying foundation.

If you want to highlight your brow line, you can apply a thin line of concealer right along your upper and lower brow lines. Be sure to blend.

Concealer can also be used as a lipstick primer as well. All you have to do is dab it on before applying the color. It can also help keep a bright shade from excessive smudging if you line the area around the very edge of your lips with it.

What are your thoughts on concealer, Clutchettes? Do you use it?

-Margaret Francois

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  • 2NatuRho

    thanks clutch mag!!! loved the make-up tips!

  • Fox

    It’s been hard for me to find a shade. I’ve been back to the MAC counter 3 times, so done with their concealer. I’ve tried Avon with more luck. Does CoverGirl Queen have concealer?

    • Michelle

      Yes they do, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’ve used MAC for years but I might try Queen collection once.

    • Allie

      If you have the money try Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown, their foundation and concealer is absolutely amazing.

    • Humanista

      CoverGirl does have foundation that I like, but I’ve been all over trying to find dark enough concealer by them and have had NO luck.

    • Nic

      You should check out some of the black beauty bloggers. I’m pretty sure there are some who have tested lots of concealers for dark skin. I think the department store brands or things at places like Sephora have a lot more colors.

    • Jenn

      Have you tried Bobbi Brown, Fashion Fair, or Lancome concealers? They have a lot of shades for women of color.

    • ive tried the covergirl queen concealer and i tried the darkest color and im a nw50/nw 47 at mac. its great..the coverage is buildable but its one of those liquid concealers you have to pat in to get the coverage you need.

  • Nic

    My thoughts are that people should really work on making their skin the best it can be as opposed to relying on concealer. I feel like a lot of people smear concealer over acne, bumps, hyperpigmentation, scars, and yeah, that’s not going to fool anyone no matter how good the color match is. And a LOT of women of all races put it over facial hair, which also doesn’t work.
    I always couldn’t help but think that there is no way concealer can be good for people who are acne prone. So it seems like a vicious cycle.
    It’s not cheap, but yeah, find a good dermatologist or esthetician if you have hair or acne issues.
    Depending on your price point though, the MUFE line at Sephora seems to have a LOT of range.

    • Gamine

      I sooo agree with you on the importance of getting your skin right. I see too many women, especially the ones behind the makeup counters relying on thick putty to hide their skin’s imperfections. Finding a dermatologist to address skin issues isn’t as daunting as it may seem.
      Because I have insurance that doesn’t quite cover acne meds like Differin and Retin A, which I use religiously, I order the very same meds from an overseas pharm for a fraction of the cost.
      It’s all about having a strict regimen that works specifically for you–and sticking to it.
      And always wear sunscreen!

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  • so refreshing and useful post.