If I could save one makeup product from my dressing table if my house caught on fire (overdramatic, eh?!) then it would definitely be my concealer. Why? Because it has saved me so many time! As a person with acne-prone skin, I can write a book on the concealer’s magical powers. The formulae also work great on people with dark blemishes or hyper-pigmentation.
Before I tell you about the best concealer for acne-prone skin let me go on a little bit more about why concealers should be in your holy grail of products.
What is a concealer and why do I need it?
A concealer is a quick fix to the spots, marks and blemishes on your face. They are used only on a few target areas on the face and the neck. They are highly pigmented, and so, cover the flaws with great ease.
Since they are so thick, one should not use it on the entire face. If you have a lot of blemishes to cove, first apply a light layer of the concealer on them, then slowly increase one layer and check for yourself if the blemish has been concealed.
Applying a lot of the product will only render a cakey makeup, which looks extremely artificial.
A common question that we receive from our readers is that whether they should use a concealer or a foundation for their acne-prone skin.
This is a tricky one to answer. However, if you prefer the natural look, then just applying a concealer on the problem areas can help you achieve the look. But this will only help you camouflage the spots; what about the rest of your face?
If you cover the under eye portion and the spots on the face with concealer, and ditch foundation on the rest of the face, you might actually make your skin look uneven.
Now, using the foundation alone, on the other hand, can help cover blemishes which are light, but what about those which are dark? You cannot apply a thick layer of foundation all over your face, just because you have a mark to cover, right? That’s where the concealer comes in. So, it is important that for your acne-prone skin, you invest in a good concealer as well as a foundation.
Color correcting concealers
Concealers not only help hide blemishes they also correct color. There is a whole gamut of color correcting concealers to choose from, but today, we will help you how to go about choosing the right color correcting concealer.
1. Green concealers
To cover redness, one should blindly go for green concealers. Depending on the level of discoloration, choose whether you need a heavy concealer or a light one. Also whether you need more pigments or less depends on how bad the discoloration is.
2. Purple concealers
Those with yellow undertones, should definitely go for purple concealers. Applying this formula will render a more radiant finish to your overall makeup.
3. Pink concealers
If you are trying to conceal signs of tiredness, then go for pink/salmon concealers. These work like magic on the under eye dark circles, and so do sallow olive tones.
4. Neutral concealers
For concealing pimple marks, ne can opt for neutral concealers. You can even use this a s a lipstick primer if you want.
Now that we are clear on these fronts, let us find out which is the best concealer for acne-prone skin. Shall we?
1. MAKEUP FOREVER Full Cover Concealer
This is a bae of a product. The MAKEUP FOREVER Full Cover Concealer is used by many makeup artist professionals from all over the globe. If you can trust us blindly, then do invest on this RIGHT NOW. If you can’t trust us blindly (and we like you already because when it comes to makeup, always double check), let us tell you why this product is number one on our list.
The packaging firstly is super convenient. The formula comes in a squeezable plastic tube and you get a good view of how much of the product is left.
The formula is not difficult to blend though it is thick. As soon as you put some on, you will see how it melts into the skin.
It is not formulated with oil, but is silicone-based, which makes it ideal for people with acne-prone skin. Also, it is water-proof and has no fragrance, which is such a relief for us who have sensitive skin.
2. Almay Clear Complexion Oil-Free Concealer
The next product on our list is the Almay Clear Complexion Oil-Free Concealer that contains salicylic acid, which not only prevents breakouts, but also treat the current blemishes.
The formula also offers a great coverage. It comes with a sponge tip wand, so application won’t be an issue at all; you can target the spots like a pro. The packaging is very compact and travel-friendly.
We, however, would suggest that you do not use the wand applicator regularly, but only for touch-ups, since it is less hygienic. For your regular application, get yourself a concealer brush, and keep it clean and dry as otherwise it can worsen your situation.
3. Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer SPF 30
If you need a concealer that will offer full coverage, go for the Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer SPF 30. The three great things about this formula is that it lends great coverage; it has an SPF factor of 30 that protects your skin from harmful UltraViolet rays; and it works for all skin types.
The product is non-acnegenic, contains no fragrance and is non-comedogenic, which make it the perfect concealer for people with acne-prone skin. The formula is hyper-pigmented, and just one swipe over the blemishes will be enough to conceal them.
It is a long-wearing product that lasts for 16 hours and is smudge-free.
4. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer
An oil-free concealer, the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer, is one of the best options for acne-prone skin. It is non-comedogenic, and comes in an affordable price.
The formula is lightweight, but long-wearing. The coverage it offers ranges from medium to full. The concealer is full of pigments, and applying a cherry-sized amount of the product will let you hide the scars and blemishes, seamlessly.
The packaging is very standard. It comes in a tube and has a doe foot applicator that you should use for touch-ups, if required. For regular application, invest in a concealer brush that you need to keep disinfected and dry at all times.
5. L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
The next product on our list is the L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer that not only covers blemishes, but also solves the problem of dull complexion that most people with acne-problem have.
The formula blends into your skin like magic, and ends up brightening your skin tone. You will have no difficulty in picking up a shade for yourself as the product comes in a large variety of tints.
The formula is light-weight, and so, does not highlight your fine lines around the eyes and the lips. The coverage is moderate, and the finish matte.
6. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer
The last one on this list is the Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer that lends an impressing coverage, blending into the skin flawlessly. The formula contains peptides as well as hyaluronic filling spheres which give the product a thick consistency plus high-pigmentation. So if you have dark scars or spots, then this is the concealer to go for. Also, the concealer works well on dark circles, due to the same reason.
Though the consistency is thick, the formula does not cake up. It will, in turn, help improve the level of hydration in your target areas.
If the concealer seems too thick, you can diffuse it on your skin, and once it has blended, pat it gently so that it does not sit on top. Again, patting directly on the thick layer can cause creasing, which is highly undesirable. So be gentle while patting on the layer.
Though the concealer is a little expensive, the pigmentation it offers is amazing, and applying just a spec of it can help conceal very dark scars and/or spots.
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