concealers and primers

The questions I get asked most often when consulting is, “What’s the difference between a concealer and corrector? What’s a primer? Are any of these products really necessary?”

I’m going to break it all down for you today, so grab a coffee, settle in, and keep reading!

What is concealer?

This one’s easy. A concealer conceals, or hides blemishes, under eye circles, pretty much anything you’d like to keep under wraps. It can be used alone, under or even over your foundation. When shopping for a concealer, you’ll want to choose a shade 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin.

Concealers are available in liquid, cream, powder, and even stick form. Which form you choose is really personal preference, but, you may find it easier to blend with foundations of the same type. For example, powder concealer for powder foundation, liquid for liquid foundation, etc.. Is it necessary? Only if you’ve got something to hide. 🙂concealwheel

What is corrector?

A corrector is in the same family as concealer, but comes in shades of pink, green, blue, purple and  yellow, and instead of covering skin imperfections, it’s used to “correct” them. For example, you’d want to use a green color corrector to neutralize the red patches on your skin. Concealers would not work as well here as red tends to bleed through them.

In the same way, you’d use a blue or purple corrector to neutralize sallow, yellow looking areas of the skin. Is this product necessary? If you have an uneven skintone due to rosacea, blemishes and sun spots (Hyperpigmentation), you may find it a definite must have.

What is primer?

Primer “primes” your skin for makeup. It minimizes pores, helps your foundation and shadow glide on effortlessly, and prevents your makeup from fading into your skin. Primer comes in liquid gel, cream or powder form. So, is a primer really necessary?

It is if you want your makeup to have incredible staying power (and who doesn’t?) With that being said, many foundations BB and CC Creams come with a primer already built-in which saves time and money too!

Have you used any of these types of products? I’d love to know how they’ve worked for you! Please comment below, and if you loved this post, there’s so much more where this came from! Register below to get weekly updates sent to your inbox.