Best Concealers for Men (and women) / by Didier Young

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Physical appearance often plays a big role in our day-to-day life. We pay close attention to the way we dress, to our mannerisms and to the shininess of our shoes. For women, makeup has played a great role in their way of shaping the World’s perception of them and recently, men have also been jumping on the makeup bandwagon. The trick to male makeup is to create a skin that looks natural and even but without appearing lifeless. We do not require extravagant eyelashes and highly pigmented eyeshadows and hence the emphasis would be solely on our skin. I will be starting off this small makeup series with one of the key items to possess: a good concealer.

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There is a common misconception that makeup has to fully hide all flaws. I personally believe that in order to attain a natural look, you should try to lessen the flaws rather than fully obliterate them. As such, I often opt for a sheer to medium coverage concealer. They will neutralize the red tone in your skin and help to hide those pesky dark circles without making your skin appear caked up with makeup. I remember the first concealer I ever purchased from Benefit. Previously known as the Fakeup, it was a lightweight and super hydrating formula that blended perfectly, making it almost impossible for people to notice that I was wearing any makeup. As part of the newly launched Boi-ing concealer collection, Fakeup was rebranded as the hydrating concealer and was joined by a brightening, an airbrush and an industrial strength concealer. The super cute pink packaging might act as a deterrent for most men but this line is definitely one of my favourites on the market. While the brightening and industrial strength concealers are full coverage, I gravitated towards the hydrating and airbrush ones which range from sheer to medium coverage. Out of the four, the Boi-ing Airbrush concealer is probably my favourite, with its creamy and easily blendable formula. The only con to this line is its limited range of shades as they each only come in three colours, which makes it a tad exclusive of people with darker skin tones.

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My second recommendation is the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch concealer. The sleek packaging is super chic and comes with a very handy applicator. By pressing on the bottom of the tube, you’ll disperse product onto the brush which makes it very easy to apply the concealer on your skin. The liquid formula is quite moisturizing which makes it easier to blend and it does have a brightening effect to it. The Radiant touch pen now comes in thirteen different shades which increases your chances of finding a shade that will match your skin tone. My only issues with the product are its higher price point and the fact that I never know when I’m going to run out of concealer, until I do.

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Last but not least, I would like to submit Smashbox’s Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof concealer as one of my top three. Easily applied on with the wand it comes with, you simply need to pat it in gently until the product is fully blended. The finish is quite seamless on the skin but I will admit that this might work best on people with oilier complexions due to its formulation. The fact that it is available in ten different shades makes it easier to get a colour match and the price is fairly reasonable, especially compared to the YSL one. On a dry to normal skin complexion, you might notice a bit of dry down after a while and hence why I don’t think this would be as universally appealing as the other concealers mentioned in this blog post. However, I do find it to be the perfect product for me during the oilier days of summer.

-Didier