Pigmentation

10 Concealers You Shouldn’t Live Without

Not only are concealers used in a variety of ways, there are different formulas on the market which can heal almost every skin tone and condition.

Whether you’re planning to contour, highlight, conceal, or emphasise your features, a concealer is the most important tool to possess in your makeup bag. Shop our top 10 favourites below, and comment with some of your holy grail products as well!

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Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $14.95

Ideal for: under eye circles, spots

Often referred to as a dupe of Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, the formula is lightweight which won’t crease on even dry skin. Use under the eyes, around the nose, and even to cover those nasty spots on your jaw and forehead.

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, $38

Ideal for: under eye, pigmentation

A highly pigmented formula which glides softly over the skin, offering high coverage which won’t crack or crease under the hot sun. Packed with skin-loving nutrients which are beneficial for all skin types, and won’t clog pores.

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Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer, $26

Ideal for: blemishes

The pigmented formula offers complete coverage over nasty spots and redness without oxidising on oily or combination skin. Use in conjunction with a hydrating moisturiser to keep the concealer looking flawless all day long.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, $14.95

Ideal for: contouring, spots

An affordable concealer which both conceals and illuminates all dimensions of the face. Use lightly to cover irritable spots and redness, or grab a lighter shade to contour the face.

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $49

Ideal for: blemishes, redness, acne-prone skin

The iconic dual concealer by Laura Mercier boasts ultimate coverage and is available in a number of shades to match your unique skin tone. Warm the product between your fingers, and dab gently onto problem areas. Don’t forget to set the concealer with a translucent powder!

10 Concealers You Shouldn't Live Without

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, $44

Ideal for: redness, spots, under eye

A correcting formula which is super-creamy and melts seamless into the skin. Unlike other stick concealers, this formula can also be used under the eyes since it doesn’t crease, and is highly undetectable.

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Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Concealer, $7.50

Ideal for: spots

Coming in at a very affordable price-point, the SuperStay Concealer has a great reputation of providing natural-looking coverage all over the face. Dab lightly over redness and pigmentation, then set with a powder so it can stay in place all day.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, $57

Ideal for: highlighting, contouring

A cult-favourite used by makeup artists and celebrities around the world, the Touche Éclat is primarily known for it’s highlighting capabilities. The super lightweight formula is perfect under the eyes, and blends seamlessly into all skin types. Erase the signs of fatigue, and hide a long night with the easy-to-use applicator.

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Bobbi Brown Corrector, $40

Ideal for: colour correcting, pigmentation

The corrector is pink or even salmon-based to neutralise dark circles and hyper-pigmentation, and make the eye area look bright. Blend with your fingers, and push the product into the skin. No makeup tools required!

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Stila Perfecting Concealer, $32

Ideal for: blemishes, contouring

Boasting a wide variety of shades, the Perfecting Concealer is a long-wearing product ideal for women with oily and combination skin. Use a darker shade for hiding blemishes, and a lighter shade to contour and highlight the dimensions of your face.

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January 14, 2015

How to Treat Pigmentation

Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, shares her best skincare tips to treat pigmentation.

Pigmentation and discolouration are actually the very first signs of ageing on the skin. It is caused by numerous factors – the number one being U.V. exposure – and other factors include hormone imbalance due to stress, pregnancy, the contraceptive pill or antibiotics (which make the skin more photosensitive), or artificial fragrance in such things as your perfume (which also affects the photosensitivity of your skin). Trauma to, and inflammation of the skin can also lead to discolouration.

If you’re looking to treat your pigmentation, the optimal time to start would be in the cooler months when UV exposure is at its minimum.

To effectively treat pigmentation, you will need skin lightening/brightening products which contain active ingredients that primarily act as melanin suppressors (the skin pigment) that can effectively lighten the skin and even out skin hyper pigmentation. Various ingredients are affective in the different stages of melanin production, so a combined ‘task force’ is the best treatment option, as opposed to, say, using just Vitamin C. Exfoliation is also a key component  as it ensures  speedy cell turnover and the removal of surface dehydration, dry and old pigmented cells. Exfoliation also enables the more efficient penetration of pigment lightening actives into the skin.

The three must-have products you will need are;

An Exfoliant (preferably Lactic Acid based), used 2 to 3 times per week

An active skin lightening treatment product (e.g. a concentrate used twice per day)

An SPF 30 – 50+ used throughout the day

Your ingredient guide (the key ingredients that will help target and treat pigmentation):

Oligopeptide 34
Palmaria palmata  a red algae
Vitamin C
Zinc Glyconate
Glucosamine
Lactic Acid
Niacinamide
Licorice

Treating pigmentation takes daily diligence with your home care products, and application of a sun screen SPF 30-50+ is an absolute must. As well as at-home treatment, look at investing in regular professional skin treatments, including light therapy.

March 28, 2014