Aisling Keenan: The big cover-up
Aisling Keenan tracks down the best products for hiding spots and blemishes
The only way I could do without concealer is if I got 10 hours' sleep a night and drank gallons of water a day. Oh, and if I wore a paper bag over my head.
Concealer, for anyone who isn't blessed with flawless and blemish-free skin, is an absolute necessity.
But which one should you go for? Do you choose a cult product such as Touche Éclat (which, by the way, I don't ever use as a concealer -- it's a highlighter for sure) or opt for something less well known with potential to conceal to perfection?
Here are some of my favourites, each of which I like for different reasons. See which one meets your needs and skin type best.
Vichy Dermablend Foundation Corrective Cream-Stick, €21.50, pharmacies nationwide. Best for: Serious blemishes Bad break-outs, indomitable dark circles and even scarring and tattoos can’t withstand the concealing power of Vichy Dermablend. When they say extreme coverage and hold, they mean it. This will conceal anything and lasts for ages without making you look as if you used a trowel to apply it.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, €38, Laura Mercier counter in Brown Thomas. Best for: Colour matching and blending This two-tone wonder is a cult product with a dedicated following. I’ve tried it, and loved it. You can create a great skin tone match by combining the two shades, and, if applied with a good brush and blended well, it works a treat. If you’ve got dry skin it might not be the best option, as even with my not very dry skin, it threatened to flake.
TimeBalm from TheBalm, €13.75, alwear stores nationwide. Best for: Dark circles I have to admit, this concealer is a serious contender for some of the bigger guns in the cosmetics world. The creamy consistency blends really well into skin and is super malleable. Dark circles are completely hidden for hours, through all manner of accidental eyerubbings. A new favourite of mine that I’m sure will stick around.
Rimmel Match Perfection, €7.55, departmentstores and pharmacies nationwide. Best for: Light yet effective I wasn’t expecting this to change my life. It didn’t, but I was impressed. So much so that I abandoned a much more expensive concealer in favour of this until it ran out. It has a brush applicator, making it easy to apply. It doesn’t sink into lines and it looks light on the skin.
Not perfect, but one step closer to the elusive ‘cheap but amazing’ concealer we're all after.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, €33. For stockists, see www.bobbibrown.co.uk. Best for: An all-rounder Bobbi’s concealer has been a firm favourite for years. But they’ve re-jigged it, and now it comes as a kit with two little pots of product side by side. If you apply this over your foundation and with a great brush, you’re set for the day — literally. They have a great shade range and the two textures combine beautifully. Pricey, but worth the investment.