Updated: Feb 4
and the BEST OF ALL TIME LIST
Often, clients come to me with a tray of “BEST BEAUTY BUYS” or “18 TIME ALLURE BEST BEAUTY WINNER” and it’s in the graveyard of the ‘Bathroom of Broken Dreams‘ I affectionately call it.
Sometimes you have the right tools in your toolbox but they are not being applied properly leaving you sad and on to the next big thing. You read it was a winner, or it worked perfectly on that tween beauty vlogger, maybe the shade wasn’t perfect for you or maybe applying it incorrectly,...In this case, you can have too much of a good thing.
I suggest every few years, book a makeup lesson or a purge sesh to go through your cosmetics and refresh your skills with a professional. this could prevent the stockpile of broken dreams or purchasing too much you don’t need. the meantime, I would like to share a list of my fail-proof products for any budget, gender or preference.
WHY YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG:
Some common mistakes I see is that there is not one concealer fits all..you may need 2 or even 3...Ask yourself what would you like to hide?
For dark spots and pimples choose for coverage that’s more matte and for the complexion.
Dark under-eyes, Veins or deep circles? Try one that’s creamer, hydrating and balmy for under eye area that you can use to refresh later in the day or add a corrector. Bags? The key here is to lighten UNDER the puff not accentuate it with a lighter concealer. Remember that light brings it forward and darkening to pushes it back. Consider adding a Corrector such as the BOBBI BROWN UNDER EYE CORRECTOR $29 that corrects ashy tones and can be added to any concealer.
When concealing pimples, a must-have a classic oldie-but-goodie Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, SC3 Medium with Yellow or Pink Skin Tones, 0.207 Ounce$36 where you can custom blend and darken raised pimple or lighten or correct to bring light where you want to lift
Prestigestigue Beauty & Luxury Cosmetics-
This might be one of my new faves. This company sent me a sample to try and I loved it! Then they sent me a full size and I have been using it every day for a few months. Its great coverage, build-able and hybrid feel.
TOM FORD EMOTIONPROOF CONCEALER $84 Emotionproof Concealer creates a full-coverage, camera-ready complexion with waterproof wear
& Tom Ford Concealer Pen-$77 All you need to create the illusion of a naturally flawless complexion is TOM FORD BEAUTY's concealing pen - it blends effortlessly into the skin, covering up hyperpigmentation, redness and dark circles. The rejuvenating liquid formula helps heal blemishes, while the sponge tip ensures undetectable coverage.
Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15 is a luxurious cream emulsion that offers full, yet natural-looking coverage. A brilliant fusion of skincare and cosmetic artistry, Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation Sunscreen SPF 15 is the foundation of perfection. Also includes a 2x magnifying mirror in the cap, a foundation sponge and precision concealer brush.
HOURGLASS CORRECTIVE CONCEALER
A creamy, weightless and moisturizing concealer that blends easily into the skin for an undetectable finish. I love the velvety finish and the shades for super fair clients.
YSL Beaute Touche Eclat Yves Saint Radiant Touche, 0.1 Ounce & the NEW
YSL Beaute HIGH COVER RADIANT TOUCH $37
The newest formula in the cult favorite Touche Eclat franchise, the patented secret YSL optical brightening technology is now available to tackle women's #1 concern, under-eye circles. Designed to address hereditary ones as well as those caused by fatigue, this formula actually reflects light away from the eyes to diffuse and correct dark shadows. The built-in brush applicator is perfect for applying and blending in the small eye area.
For Darker Complexions
ELLIS FAAS SKIN VEIL CONCEALER $37 Shades like S205, S206, S207, & S208 are all top sellers for me. The concealer is great with super fair babies to darkest skin tones and adjusts beautifully.
With a unique blend of ingredients such as Karité oil and rice wax, ELLIS FAAS concealer immediately blends into the skin for a flawless finish. Vitamins E and C in the formula hydrate and have anti-aging and regenerating properties. In Houston, purchase Ellis Faas exclusively at Luckycatbeauty.com & Studio 281.773.4259.
Makeup Up Forever ULTRA HD Foundation Palette $110 Multiple shades to custom blend in one compact. Perfect for full to light coverage and customization.
CoverFX Power Play Concealer $30. A global complexion company specializes in any skin tone! My go-to for my deeper skin tones.
The Boys Club
I was in Paris a million years ago working at Printemps and I saw my first glimpse of Men’s Makeup by Jean Paul Gaultier. of course. He had a gel bronzer, tinted brow gel & concealer. It was slightly too soon to the party and didn’t catch on but thankfully these days, Now with beauty brands making products for non-binary and all people. Brands like Chanel BOY DE CHANEL and TOM FORD MEN are now making things just for the boys, with a sexy edge. Tom Ford For Men Concealer $45 is a practical, simple tool: a twist-up stick that is offered in three shades. It can be applied with your fingers after your moisturizer or eye treatment, and it will seamlessly blend into the skin as it hides imperfections.
This 15x IN-STYLE MAG WINNER BEST CONCEALER I use it on my male clients for tv. It instantly melts undetectable under the eye (be sure to use tiny fluffy brush concealer brush and small amounts.) & now formulated with SPF to provide sun protection throughout the day. CLE DE PEAU CONCEALER $73 Delivers long-lasting, full coverage while correcting the appearance of dark circles, spots, imperfections and uneven tone without a heavy finish. Leaves skin looking smooth and refined with a seamless finish while protecting against UV rays.
Mass Market Brands
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer $10 L'Oreal always amazes me. The technologies in mass-market beauty have come so far. I have grabbed this in a pinch when I needed one in an emergency and was VERY impressed. Many shades and the price makes this a great pick.
Don’t forget the Tools:
Using a tiny foundation brush with a light amount set any concealer to keep it from budging.
Double-ended and great for travel. This contour, setting and concealing all in one tool.
Hands down one of the finest brush lines out there. What else would you expect from THE MAN?
ESUM PINKY PUFFS 6pc Pack $21 Small enough for your pinkys or evening bag!