The perfect concealer starts in the formula. By now, we all know it’s virtually impossible to find a concealer that does not settle here and there, even the best can sometimes fail at straying into those annoying little fine lines undetectable to the nekkid eye. This is where proper preparation and deposit control steps in, but that’s for another day. I have never been much of a magician with a concealer wand because I always feel that no matter how industrial-strength the formula is, or how brightening it is, my dark circles are always there. Always. It’s like they are permanently freakin’ tattooed onto my mug, not cool. For the most part, when I’m exhausted you can tell via multiple channels. My dark circles become even darker, though I don’t know how that’s possible. I start to slur with my accent, my brain is slow of response. You catch my drift. All-in-all, no amount of caffeine can shock me back into comprehension nor coherence once the dominos have started tumbling. But, proudly I can state that after years of experimenting and crying my way through an endless pool of concealers that had no potential, I have finally found two – read it, 2 – holy grail status items that have been co-starring with me in the fight against diminishing these monstrosities.
The Nars – Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard ($29 ) is my everyday go-to. It’s a silky concealer that has amazing coverage. Plus, opting for the Custard shade provides a certain sense of highlight that is not too much to deal with. My second, and old faithful staple, is the MAC – Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NW25 ($20). This particular concealer is a great concealer for beginners, it is fail-safe and you can’t really do much to it to mess it up. It’s a full-coverage industrial-strength concealer, so for those days you need to bring the big guns out this is your man, it dries with an even, smooth finish but can be drying as the hours progress. Its only downfall. The formula does not turn chalky or cakey, it just dries which can be quite unpleasant when it sits on your face for a long time. Even when applied with a damp Beautyblender, I sti;l find that it has a tendency to do this. True to its name, it is in fact very long-wearing and it contains coverage that remains unsurpassed – my dark circles are no more after applying this. Since it is drying and the shade is a slight tad too dark according to my taste, I concocted the ultimate concealing alliance – mixing the Nars Custard with the MAC.
While the Nars gives me the better blending option and finishes with a smooth texture that wins at not creeping into my fine lines as much as others do, the MAC gives me the coverage my dark circles beg for. Applying the mixture lightly with a damp Beautyblender, I add a touch of light powder on top of the areas to create a little more of a highlighted glow. The biggest problem now is the financial upkeep of having to invest into these two guys to cover these focal-point imperfections …