Many of you may remember my October 2022, post: SEVEN DON’TS WHEN BUYING MAKEUP OVER 50 where I confessed my extreme frustration as I looked for an under-eye concealer that was the right color and texture and didn’t cake, crease or look patchy. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many concealers I’ve actually purchased—probably 30—and if I’m honest, I don’t want to think about how much money I’ve spent. The one good thing to come out of my treasure hunt is that it’s enabled me to share what I’ve learned with you.
Here are my concealer Winners and Sinners and helpful application tips.
Until six months ago, I took the ability to find the right foundation and under-eye concealer for granted. Perhaps ignorance was bliss because my recent search for the right products has been frustrating beyond measure. I’ve consulted sales associates at Sephora, Ulta Beauty, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, and Walgreens. Some associates knew what they were talking about while others just wanted to make a sale. None of them knew the makeup issues facing women over 50, plus they weren’t forthcoming with what they did know.
After much trial, error, money, and research, here are my corrector and concealer application tips.
• First let’s talk about color correctors. I have a blue cast in the corner of my eyes as well as underneath. Other women may have red tones, but both need color correcting BEFORE you apply concealer. (Initially, I wasn’t color-correcting which meant I would never have found a concealer that worked well.) Peach-colored correctors cancel blue casts, and “green” correctors block out red areas which include areas around the nose, so find a corrector that will cancel any underlying color you don’t want to show through your concealer.
• Next, when buying a concealer, first determine if your skin has a yellow, a peach, or a neutral tone. If you buy a concealer in the wrong tone, it’s not a good look. When I was younger, my skin had a yellow tone to it, but now it’s more of a neutral.
• Ask for samples in a little container so you can try the product without buying it. Don’t wait too long to try the sample because it may dry out, and if it does, it won’t give you a true representation of the product.
• BEFORE applying correctors and concealers, make sure you’ve moisturized your under-eye area. Don’t apply too much eye cream. Just half of a tiny, tiny dot should work for both eyes. After you apply your skin and eye moisturizers, wait 15 minutes before you put on your makeup. This may sound like a long time—use it to brush your teeth or choose what you’re going to wear—but if you don’t give your moisturizers a chance to dry down a bit, your makeup and concealer may slide around on your skin, pill or become patchy looking. By patchy I mean it looks like there are little scabs under your eyes. Eeeu!
• Once you’ve found a corrector that works for you, place a tiny dot in the corner of each eye to cover the blue or red area, then two small dots in your under-eye area. Pat the area lightly with your little finger. The warmth of your skin helps the product meld better into your skin, although some women prefer the tip of a sponge or a small brush that can get into those tiny corners.
• Next apply the concealer in the same way and over the same areas as your corrector.
• DO NOT apply a Kim Kardashian “deep V” coverage of concealer under your eye. You may have seen this on YouTube, but unless you’re a skilled makeup artist, this technique doesn’t work well on older and thinner skin.
• While most of the concealers I’ve listed have “buildable coverage,” remember, LESS IS MORE, especially under the eyes. Use as little product as possible or your under-eye area will look older plus bags and wrinkles will be more pronounced, and too much product will settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
• Since concealer also works as a great primer for your eyelids, blend a tiny dot of concealer on each eyelid. It will help your eyeshadow stay on longer and give an accurate reading of the color. An accurate color reading is especially important if you’re using light-colored eyeshadows. Without concealer/primer, light eyeshadow shades may appear dark and muddy, and that’s not very youthful looking.
• Finally, follow the corrector and concealer with a light press—think of it as lightly “blotting”—with a fluffy brush and finely textured setting powder. Just blot the area with the brush. DO NOT drag the brush back and forth across your undereye area.
• If your eye area is not moisturized properly, and you don’t set it with powder, even the best concealers may crease and/or get patchy looking.
Here are my Concealer Winners and Sinners. Keep in mind what works for me may not work for you. We each have different dryness, discoloration, and skin texture issues.
LAURA MERCIER FLAWLESS FUSION ULTRA-LONGWEAR CONCEALER is creamy and comes in a round tube with an applicator and costs $32. I think it’s beautiful, it doesn’t crease or look patchy and it wears well. (It’s a toss-up for me between this one and the next concealer on my list.) I bought two shades—1W and 2C—and depending on how my under-eye area looks on any given day, I will use one or the other or both, but if I use both, I use just a fraction of a dot. Again, less is more.
TARTE SHAPE TAPE ULTRA CREAMY CONCEALER CORRECTEUR is $20, and it’s amazing! It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator, it wears well and doesn’t get patchy looking. I bought two shades, 27S Light-Medium Sand and 29N Light Medium. They have a great selection of shades and also carry small travel-size tubes of concealer that are less expensive, $14, perfect for trying at home. (I bought five or six small travel sizes before I found the right color.)
***Tarte Shape Tape makes two different concealers. I LOVE this first one I just reviewed, but their other one is in my “Sinners” review below.
LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA WEAR ALL-OVER CONCEALER is a favorite of many women. I bought 360 Bisque N and 215 Buff Neutral, but since they’re not my best color matches, I stopped trying to make them work.
DIOR is creamy and comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator. In the store, I couldn’t find a color to match my skin, so I didn’t try it further, but I know women who love this one.
CHANEL LE CORRECTEUR is the name of Chanel’s concealer. Before they reformulated it, I used this creamy concealer in a tube with an applicator, shade B20, and loved it. Now, nothing about it works for me. Strange how our makeup can stop working for us, but you may like it.
CHANNEL SUBLIMAGE LE CORRECTEUR YEUX is supposed to be the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow concealer/corrector, but I haven’t tried it. Since the initial reviews this past October were so over the moon fantastic, Chanel sold out on their website as did all of the stores that carry Chanel beauty products. No one seems to know when they’ll receive any more, and some stores, like Saks, never received it. It’s $95, but a quarter of a dot is supposed to do both eyes. It also comes with a small applicator brush. I’m dying to try it, so when I’m in Italy in a couple of months, I plan to visit the Chanel store because I’ve heard stores in Europe may have it.
FENTY BEAUTY CONCEALER, SINNER
FENTY BEAUTY CONCEALER, created by singer, Rihanna, is a hard dry stick that comes in a giant tube and becomes even drier after it’s applied. The tube is so big, you can’t target specific areas like the corners or under the eye, and it’s difficult to get it off of the stick with a brush. Fenty Beauty also has another concealer, but the young saleswoman told me it was too dry even for her, so forget about both Fenty concealers. FYI, Fenty has paid for “front of the store” location in Ulta Beauty, so some of the salespeople are pushing this brand.
TARTE SHAPE TAPE CONCEALER Tarte Shape makes two concealers. DO NOT buy this one—it’s called Tarte Shape Tape Concealer—because when it dries, it has a “white glow” that looks like you’ve used a neon white concealer. You want to buy the Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer Correcteur that I reviewed in the “Winners.” I love that one.
CLE DE PEAU comes in a stick, but it’s very drying. I read it was Jennifer Anniston’s favorite concealer. But given her age and the drying issues women over 50 have under our eyes, I have serious doubts it’s her favorite unless she was paid to say that.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY’s concealer I discarded in a heartbeat. So fast, I can’t remember what my issues were with it. This was in the early days of my concealer search and I hadn’t thought about keeping them to review and write a blog. I was just searching for myself, not with the intent of sharing it with you.
HAUS is Lady Gaga’s makeup line. She has tons of concealer shades, which is a good thing, but like Charlotte Tilbury’s, Haus didn’t work for me, and I discarded it. I remember nothing else about it.
IT BYE BYE UNDER EYE says it’s a full coverage, anti-Aging, waterproof concealer. It comes in a squeeze tube and is very thick and was hard to blend into my skin. I bought 20.0 Medium N, but it turned out to be a very pink color. Since the pink/rose shades will cancel blue undereye areas, I tried it as a corrector, and it did work to cancel the blue. Then I applied the Laura Mercier concealer over it and for a little while, it looked like I’d found a good combination, but it wasn’t long before my under-eye area looked patchy, so for that reason, it doesn’t make my concealer or corrector Winner’s list.
KOSAS REVEALER comes in a tube with a highlighter yellow top. I don’t like this concealer because it’s too liquidy and slides all over my skin. No matter how long I wait, it never dries down.
NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER has a regular-size tube and a travel-size, and they have a great selection of shades. I bought the shade, Custard. It’s lightweight and creamy, but it gets patchy on me fairly quickly. Two Sephora sales associates told me it was too dry for women over 50 and that it would do that, but I bought it anyway. That said, I’ve read that lots of women over 50 like it.
LE CORRECTEUR DE CHANEL LONGWEAR COLOUR CORRECTOR: The sales associate at the Chanel counter said you need to apply it, then go on to something else for 10-15 minutes to give it a chance to dry and get “tacky” so your concealer will stick. Since I’ve already waited that long for my moisturizers to dry down, I don’t have that kind of time to do it again. Chanel has three shades that will cover blue under-eye areas: Rose, Peach, and Apricot. The Rose is WAY too light for me. The Apricot is WAY too dark, and the Peach is shockingly dark on my skin, but it does cover the blue under my eyes. Unfortunately, a couple of hours after I’ve applied a concealer over it, the area under my eyes looks patchy/crusty looking when I use this corrector.
NIKOL CAMOFLAGE LIQUIDE TOUCH UP VEIL. I bought 001 Brightener and it’s too light to actually do any good. It also has a thin, monofilament, fishing line-looking brush so it doesn’t go on nicely.
NIKOL LIGHTEN UP CORRECTOR CONCEALER, $24 was one of the first ones I bought. All I remember is I didn’t like it so I threw it away. It’s only since I realized finding the right corrector and concealer were orders of magnitude more difficult than I thought it would be that I started saving them for a blog post.
I’ve learned so much about correctors and concealers, including drugstore brands. None of those worked for me so I didn’t keep them. I think the biggest problem when evaluating drugstore brands is they don’t have testers, so I wound up buying a lot of shades that weren’t right for me = $$ + $$ + $$
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Concealer Reviews and Application Tips for Women Over 50. Let me know what you think. Tell me your favorite brands, and any issues you might have.
This was a very informative post.
The best concealer I’ve found for mature under eyes is Fiera. Unfortunately, it is only sold online, but everone I know who uses it loves it, myself included.
Thanks for the info, Elizabeth. I’ve heard of Fiera but it sounded too thick for me. I’ll go online and read about it again. Brenda
I use Bobbi Brown Corrector and it seems to work pretty well. I have the same issue with concealers! I have triedso many and reeally haven’t found the perfect one. I always go back to Laura Mercier in the little pot. They may not make it anymore. I amintrigued by the Chanel that is not available. Of course!!!
Hi Marsha, I didn’t know about Bobbi Brown’s Corrector, so I just ordered some. We’ll see how it works. Thanks so much. Chanel… The promise of the unknown is always alluring, isn’t it? xoxox, Brenda
As someone in the beauty business, I found this post an excellent resource. Currently use M.A.C. in the small pot. Ideally used with a silicone-type primer for all day wear. Has to be used with a brush which can be inconvenient so off to the store this morning to try your first two recommendations. Merci! Suelyn
Thank you for the compliment, Suelyn. It’s great to see you here. Yes, when a product’s application is too complicated, involved or restrictive with how I use it, I’m not inclined to want to add it to my toolkit. Here’s hoping you find something from my list. xoxox, Brenda
Hi Brenda! This is a really great concealer post! Thank you for all this research!
actually use THREE things for my blue undereye area! I DO like the It Bye Bye Under Eye – I use the tiniest bit. I also use a color corrector – I like the Ever brand, which is a division of Stella & Dot. And for good measure, when I use the Jones Road face pencil as a concealer on my face, I apply that into the deepest bluest groove. I put my foundation on last, and it goes over all that. Seems to be working for me.
I have never been able to try Chanel products in person – our Saks doesn’t have much, our Nordstrom closed and the local Sephora, Ulta, and Blue Mercury do not carry it. Therefore, I don’t use it. It’s too expensive to try it trial and error online, IMHO.
Gray, You’re right. Purchasing online is an expensive shot in the dark because we can’t return beauty products we’ve opened. I’m clueless about the Ever brand, so I’ll take a look, and I’ve used pencils in the past, but the test to see which of Bobbi’s 25 shades comes out differently every time I try it. I’ll think about them some more. Thanks so much for the tips!! xoxox, Brenda
Thank you for your reviews because this was an expensive endeavor that I wouldn’t probably do for myself!! Although knowing me I probably actually would have because I like my make-up perfect!!! I’ll be trying your winners soon!! Thank you!! Natalie
I hope one of my suggestions works for you Natalie. Thanks for reading and leaving me a comment. xoxox, Brenda
This is amazing Brenda! I’m not very good at makeup so this is a “how to” for me. I’m off to try some concealers. Thanks again.
Thanks, Arlo. Regardless of how experienced we are with makeup, from time to time, things about our skin change, and we need new products as well as a “how to.” Good luck! xoxox, Brenda
Oh, Brenda – I feel you! Thanks for putting this list together. I have been struggling to find a foundation for about a year. With thin pale skin, red patches (roseacea) and now brown spots – it’s like trying to give a leopard KK’s plaster-smooth complexion. And if it’s not lightweight it all looks like “The persistence of Memory!” Lol.
Why hasn’t a makeup company created a line specifically for the over 60 and 70 crowd? Address our specific needs – how our skin changes overnight after menopause (naturally occurring or otherwise) how medications thin it further, how color palettes for women under 60 are too garish for us… and… eyebrows. Spent my life doing everyone else’s hair and makeup – and now struggle to be able to do my own well. That’s sad.
Donna, I can relate. I wore full makeup all my life without any problem until the pandemic hit and for some reason, I started getting scaly brown spots which are getting worse( on my forehead) which my doctor refers to as ‘age spots’. I never heard of age spots being scaly. I hate that term ‘age spots’. Anyway, all that to say that I can’t find a suitable foundation and concealer. I will try the two that Brenda recommended. The problem is finding the right color. Lise Watier, which is a Canadian brand, has a corrector portfolio (that’s the name of it) with different colors in a compact. I never thought of correcting before applying concealer, probably because I was younger and didn’t need it. On the blog Cup of Jo one woman (don’t know her age) recommended Maybelline’s Instant Anti-Age Eraser concealer. She also uses it as a foundation and another woman recommended L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer. Worth a try as they are inexpensive.
Donna… Eyebrows!!!! Geesh!!! I just had an application breakthrough I should probably share on another blog. Big difference! Huge! Easy! I don’t get why beauty companies don’t make products, especially for older skin because we’re the largest, wealthiest demographic in history. It is so shortsighted of them, but as the Exec VP of Marketing for Lululemon told me: Women over 45 are no longer relevant. Grrrrrrr….. xoxox, Brenda
When I saw the title of your post I thought it would be good but I had no idea it would be this comprehensive! Great job Brenda. We need more women of a certain age advising us about makeup. Thank you.
You’re welcome, Lauren! I hope you find some products that work for you. Thanks for reading and leaving me a comment. xoxox, Brenda
Thanks so much for sharing all your research with us. Writing this was quite time-consuming, I’m sure.
LOL! Everything about it was time-consuming, starting with the hunt for the right products, and I’m still not sure I’ve found them. So, I’ll keep looking! Thanks, Sally! xoxox, Brenda
Brenda this is an awesome post! So comprehensive. I know what works for you may not work for me but now I have some me ideas about where to start looking. Xo, Barb
Oh, good! That’s what I hoped. You’d have some fundamentals and a place to start. xoxox, Brenda
Yes! That’s what I wanted was to be able to have you learn from my experiences and steer you in the right direction. xoxox, Brenda
Color correctors before concealer? No one ever told me this! I’m going to reread what you’ve written and make myself a list. So good! Thank you Brenda.
You’re welcome, Sarah. I know. It’s a lot to absorb, and if we break down every part of our face and the best makeup for eyebrows, skin, lipstick that doesn’t bleed through our lipliner… Things mushroom pretty fast. xoxox, Brenda
Hi Brenda! Very useful information. In my reply to Donna, I explain the problem that I am having. I will follow your recommendations (correct before applying concealer) and try your recommended products as well as the two that I mentioned in my reply to Donna. I know women who have given up wearing foundation as it is so difficult to find one that will not settle in fines lines and make us look older. Thank you so much, Brenda for sharing your knowledge and your trials and errors. Presently I am only wearing tinted sunscreen which doesn’t do a good job in covering brown spots and I use Vit C 15% which is supposed to fade brown spots. Too soon to tell! On a different note, how do I contact you privately as I sent you an email and I am wondering if you received it. Thank you so much for sharing! Always a pleasure to read your posts.
Hi Yvonne, I’m thinking about trying tinted moisturizer or a tinted BB cream which isn’t as full coverage as a foundation, but right now, I don’t know how to advise you. The Vitamin C serum is supposed to help with brown spots, but the one I’m using hasn’t done anything. You can email me at [email protected] I’d love to hear from you. xoxox, Brenda
I use Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation under my eyes and a tiny dot of YSL Touche Eclat on the greenish area at the corners. I dust Guerlain Meteorites Correcting Powder on top of that, using my little finger. Brenda, what color correcting product to you use and do you use a lighted makeup mirror?
Colleen, I tried YSL’s Touche Eclat and wasn’t crazy about the monofilament brush, but I don’t remember how it worked for my skin. It was a long time ago I tried it, so perhaps I should give it another shot. I don’t like any color-correcting product. I ordered another one and am expecting it any day, so we’ll see, and someone in the comments mentioned Jones Road Face Pencils as correctors. They have a quiz to help you decide which one of their 25 pencils you need, but each time I take the quiz, they give me two new colors to use. I’ve gone this far… Perhaps I should just buy them all. $$$ I have a lighted makeup mirror, but I rarely use the light because my makeup table is in front of a window. I will only apply my makeup in front of a window, regardless of where I am… a hotel or a friend’s house. It’s the only way I can blend everything well and get the right depth of shades I want. I should do a blog on that. Thanks for reminding me! xoxox, Brenda
Hi Brenda! Love your blog and today especially. Could I please ask a favor? I love seeing what your followers comment, but the font is so tiny I have a hard time reading them. Many thanks!
Thanks for letting me know you like my blog! You’ve made my day Janelle. You can control the print size. If you’re on a computer, (I only know Macs), go up to the top navigational bar and click on View, then Zoom In or Zoom Out. That will increase or decrease the font size. If you’re viewing on your cellphone, there should be a control in your Settings for font size. If you can’t find them, you might try googling “font size” and “the type of cellphone you have” or visit the Apple Store or Verizon or AT&T. Then again, there’s a magnifying glass. I’ve thought about buying one of those! xoxox, Brenda
Love this blog about concealers! I have just as many as you, if not more! I will try your first two recommendations. I do like Nars pink corrector in container which is in a tube just like a concealer. They do have pink, green, etc. may I ask what eye cream you like?
Hi Carol, Thanks for the tip about the Nars pink corrector. I went online and found them and ordered one. It should be here any day! Eye cream: I like the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream in a small jar. Use less eye cream on your lids than you do under your eyes. Thanks for asking! xoxox, Brenda
You’ve taken the words right out of my mouth! What the flip happens to our skin, our feet, our boobs… everything, as we age? So frustrating. I’ve spent a lot on drug store products that don’t work for the reason you mentioned. You can’t try them to see if they’re the right shade. I will check out the first Tarte Shape one you mentioned and go from there. Wonderful information. Thank you.
Hi Bernice! I haven’t seen you here before because I would remember your name. My great Aunt was named Bernice. I know. Everything inside and outside changes as we age and it’s usually the domino effect where several happen at the same time. It can be frustrating and depressing. Come back and see me again! Brenda
I used Chanel’s B20 forever and then like you it stopped working for me. This comes at a good time because I don’t know what to do about it. You’ve always got great topics Brenda. I really enjoy your blog. The only one I still read.
I’m thrilled you enjoy my blog, Bonita. When of a certain age have more in common than ever before in our lives. Let’s stick together and help one navigate this new road. Thanks so much! Brenda
Thanks so much for posting this! I had given up on color correction and concealers and resolved myself to dark circles or wrinkles under the eyes! I’ll give it another chance with your suggestions! Thanks very much! And thanks for always addressing the issues we need to hear about but no one talks about. ❤️
Awe… You’re welcome, sweet lady! I know what you mean. I get frustrated with things like dark circles and put it on the back burner for a while and then circle back and hit it again. Don’t give up on anything! xoxox, Brenda
I bought the Laura Mercier concealer today and the match is perfect. The texture is wonderful. Very nice on my mature under eyes!
That’s great, Kitty! I’m thrilled you found one that works for you. xoxox, Brenda
Thanks for all the great insights and suggestions. I’m usually at a loss to know what to try when it comes to make-up so I really appreicate that you’ve shared your experiences with these products.
Happy to see you here, Rena, and thanks for reading and letting me know this post helped you in some way. I just read your post about what happens if we are unable to continue with our blog/social media accounts. Such a smart topic! Thanks! Brenda
Fiera as the woman said above is great and I use as a complete foundation so only one product!Alittle goes a long way!
Small tubes as well so perfect for traveling!
Elizabeth, I remember you told me you liked Fiera. It’s too thick for me, but I know it covers well. Thanks for reminding me. Perhaps I should mix it with a moisturizer or something like that to thin it out. xoxox, Brenda
I’m wondering about your trial of the Kosas concealer. I use it now, and it’s very rich and creamy, not liquid at all. The rest of this list – especially the Sinners to avoid – is Fabulous! Thank you for sharing your discoveries with us.
Hi Angela, I’m delighted you like the list and that Kosas works for you. I still have the tube, so perhaps I’ll give it another try. Thanks! Brenda
Brenda, thank you for covering a challenging issue for many of us! I appreciate all the great information; the yays and the nays. Finding the right color for our own particular skin is the tricky part! To accommodate my changing skin I’ve had to get creative for all over coverage. I use Missha BB cream, mixing it with L’Oreal’s Glotion. It gives me a little bit of coverage, a soft glow and doesn’t settle in my creases. I didn’t know that tarte made a creamy concealer so I’ll have to try that!
Hi Ginger, Always love hearing about products I don’t know. I haven’t tried BB cream instead of foundation but I should probably give it a go since so many women like it. Thanks for the tip! Brenda
I always have a difficult time finding a good concealer. I’m always doing outdoor activities like skiing and hiking so I need one that stays put. Thank you for doing such great research❤️ I so appreciate you! You are a wealth of information and so willing to sharing with us all. Thanks again my friend!
Love seeing you here Cindy! Yes, you are an outdoor girl. I’ve always found that my makeup doesn’t look good when I’m outside in cold weather, skiing It seems to sit on top of my skin and looks so fake. As I write this, I’m wondering if BB cream might be the way to go. Love you, sweet lady. I still remember your invitation eons ago to come see you. The key will be under the mat. xoxox, Brenda
Should concealer match with foundation or be a little lighter? I’ve noticed some look “brightened” under their eyes.
Great question, Lisa. I think the answer is personal preference. I like my concealer to be a tad lighter, especially since it’s covering those dark corners and areas under my eyes, but you have to be careful because if it’s too light, then you either look like a raccoon or it draws attention to the fact that you’re using concealer. I want my makeup to enhance my skin, not look like I’ve used lots of product to achieve my look. xoxox, Brenda
I have heavy bags under my eyes. And concealer only seems to make it worse. So I use Wunderbrow’s Wunderlift and find it works as a concealer too. A little goes a long way though. After applying I use a cool blowdryer setting the area. Admittedly this might be drying for many of you. But it works for me.
I checked this out online. What an amazing product, Marilynn! Thanks so much for telling me about it. I’ll remember this one! xoxox, Brenda
OMG don’t get me going on this one. I agree with Gray the IT does work but you have to use the tiniest bit. You are also correct about letting the eye cream sink in. My problem is I am impatient, and basically a low maintenance person. I am currently using the Dior and I have to say I really like it. But who knows next week I might change my mind! Great post
Thanks for weighing in on this Cindy. I think everyone’s comments are a testimony to the fact that we each have different issues, so there isn’t one product that is “the one.” The best. The common denominators for all of us is moisturizing “before” and the amount and the way we apply the product. xoxox, Brenda
Read your review of concealers. Just FYI I live in England & I checked Harrods & they are well stocked. You can order overseas from them if you don’t want to wait until Italy.
Oh yes? Thank you, Cheryl! Love you, love you! Now I just have to guess about which color looks best on me. That’s the hard part. xoxox, Brenda