What is Concealer Made of? (Answered)


There are many kinds of concealer on the market, and many of them are made to offer different levels of coverage for the skin. You will find that the base ingredients in most concealers are the same, but there are sometimes added ingredients that increase pigment, change the coverage level of the product, or improve the way that the concealer performs for certain skin types.

The base of most concealers is talc, macadamia oil, and ground mica. There might also be titanium dioxide and shea butter in some products to help make the concealer smooth and flawless when it has been set up. When you buy lower-quality concealers, the oil products that make concealer easy to spread will likely not be sourced from a natural oil like Macadamia.

Mica is common in powdered concealers like mineral makeup, and these products also tend to contain zinc, which can protect your skin from the sun. This kind of product also helps to reflect light, which can help to hide blemishes and wrinkles. Mica itself is sheer and sparkly, which makes it a very common additive for blushes and highlighters of any brand.

Titanium dioxide is a versatile chemical that is present in many kinds of cosmetics. It is used to thicken makeup and to give it color as well. It can also serve as a protectant for the skin against the sun, and it is also well-tolerated by those with sensitive skin. Many people believe that there should be further studies into the effects of powdered titanium dioxide on health. It is considered a chemical that should not be breathed in, and it should not be present in any powdered makeup that you use on a regular basis due to the risks to your health.

Picking the right concealer often has a lot to do with the kind of oils that are present in the makeup. Shea oil, macadamia oil, and other naturally-sourced oils are often the best for your skin. Any synthetic product will be much more likely to clog your pores or cause skin irritation. If you are having trouble with your skin breaking out when using a new concealer, it is likely that the oil that is in the product is the culprit for your skin irritation.

Picking the right concealer can be key to having a good experience with putting on your makeup and with support for your skin health. The better the quality of your concealer, the healthier your skin will be. You will also get a much better application process and better wear of your makeup if you select a quality product for your daily use. Knowing what ingredients are in products like concealer can make it much easier to get a product that will be easy to apply and also one that will not irritate your skin or lead to skin breakouts and other issues.

This article was last updated on November 14, 2022 .

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Find Your Perfect Concealer

Concealer is the unsung hero of our makeup bag. It discreetly helps us hide any perceived flaws or distractions we may not like so we can stop obsessing about them (you know we do!) and focus on enhancing our best features. Different problems call for different solutions, so this week I’m going to discuss our different concealers and what they do, to help you find the best one to suit your needs.

activelightActive Light Under-Eye ConcealerActive Light Under-eye Concealer adds light to your face wherever you need it. It brightens under-eye circles and also contains buckwheat extract to reduce puffiness and cucumber extract to soothe. It has a light texture and is relatively sheer. It can also be used on other areas of your face that you want to brighten, like the bridge of your nose, top of cheeks, or brow bone.

How to apply:My favorite way of applying Active Light Under-eye Concealer is to place small dots under my eyes and then gently pat it to blend, with my ring finger. A great trick is to draw short lines, like the rays of the sun, from the under eye area to the tops of cheekbones. This brightens dark circles and highlights all at once. A little goes a long way. Until you get used to using the right amount for you, check in a mirror 30 minutes after applying. If you have some creasing, pat gently with the ring finger and apply a little less next time.

Best use:Active Light Under-eye Concealer is best to use if you have slight under eye discoloration or puffiness and is perfect to create a brighter, more wide-awake look.


Circle/Delete concealer

Circle/Delete ConcealerCircle/Delete Concealer is very emollient in texture and provides more opaque coverage. It is nourishing and helps hold in moisture. Due to its texture it is important to keep this concealer away from your lower lash line if you are wearing eye liner, as it may cause your eye liner to smudge. Circle/Delete Concealer is not only great for deeper under eye discoloration, but also works well to lighten the nasal-labial folds (puppet lines) around the mouth, to give a refreshed and lifted look.

How to apply:The best way to apply Circle/Delete Concealer is with the Camouflage Brush. Using the brush pick up some of the concealer and apply using short criss-cross motions on the area you are trying to cover, this will allow the product to get into any tiny crevices and cover your under eye circles thoroughly. Continue to pat with your ring finger warming the product into my skin. As with Active Light Under-eye Concealer, check for creasing after applying. Best use:Circle/Delete Concealer is a good choice if you have dry or dehydrated skin, fine lines or darker under eye circles. Enlighten concealer Enlighten Concealer™ –Enlighten Concealer is perfect for those with very dark circles, hyperpigmentation or bruising. It has full coverage due to a mixture of concentrated extracts of Amazonian Marapuama, Suma Root and White Lily, which are all plants that reduce the appearance of dark under-eyes and puffiness. These plants also brighten and revitalize the look of tired eyes and hydrate the eye area to help that delicate skin to look firmer and smoother.

How to apply:Dip a Camouflage Brush into the pan of concealer. Gently dab and pat the product onto your under-eye area. Work the product into the skin until you can no longer see any harsh lines between the product and your skin. Use the warmth and gentle touch of your ring finger to press and melt the product into your skin, this will ensure a natural, flawless application.

Best use:Enlighten Concealer is best for those with very dark under-eye circles who need additional coverage. blemish concealer Zap&Hide Blemish ConcealerZap&Hide Blemish Concealer is great for spot treatment of acne. It contains two sides; the Zap side treats acne spots while the Hide side is perfect for concealing your blemishes. The concealer comes in yellow tones, which are great for counteracting redness. How to apply:You may apply this product directly to your skin. However, if you are breaking out you may choose to apply it using the Camouflage Brush to prevent any bacteria transfer. Wash your brush with mild soap following the application. Best use:Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer works best if you suffer from occasional breakouts, as it conceals while it heals. concealer

Disappear Concealer-Disappear Concealer is a full coverage concealer that works best for more pronounced acne breakouts as well as redness and tattoo coverage. Green tea extract calms and protects against free radicals and acne bacteria.

How to apply:Squeeze a little Disappear Concealer onto a Camouflage brush and apply to the area you are trying to cover. To cover tattoos, layer Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder using the Flocked Sponge and Disappear Concealer using the Camouflage Brush to receive the fullest form of coverage.

Best use: Disappear Concealer is best used if you have redness, acne or tattoos.

corrective colorsCorrective Colors –Corrective Colors is a professional palette created for camouflaging all the stages of bruising. It also covers hyperpigmentation flawlessly. This four-color palette is all you need to coverage any bruise. The yellow conceals redness and can be used to conceal acne spots or rosacea. The peach hides blues, purples and greys and can also be used to conceal dark under-eye circles. The lilac covers yellow shades and the beige conceals hyperpigmentation.

How to use:Using your finger or a Camouflage Brush, take the color that conceals your skin concern and gently pat and press it over the skin, apply a second layer as needed. To ensure that your concealer stays all day, sweep your shade of PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation over the skin to lock your look into place. We hope this concealer breakdown helps you find your perfect product. We want to see your looks! Share pictures with us on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale and #BeautyWithBrilliance for a chance to be featured in our Gallery.

Circle/Delete concealer
Enlighten concealer
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The Ultimate Guide to Concealer



What is concealer?

Concealers are much like foundations but tend to be thicker and more pigmented.  Ideally a concealer is used to cover and correct things like dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes.  When choosing a concealer, there are two key factors to consider before making your choice:

Depth of color in concealer

What are you looking to cover? When choosing an undereye concealer, go half a shade lighter with a slightly dewy finish to bring brightness to the area. A concealer to cover blemishes should be as close as possible to your skin tone with a more matte finish. A concealer that is the same shade will prohibit any lines of the demarcation; a matte finish will not reflect light, therefore, drawing less attention to the area.

Undertones of concealer  

The undertone of the concealer will ultimately help you decide if it is best suited for your needs. Most undertones are peach/orange or yellow. There are also corrective shades such as green and lavender available.

  • Peach/orange will neutralize blue, purple, and grey in the skin caused by dark circles, bruises, or hyperpigmentation.
  • Yellow and green will both neutralize redness found in blemishes or rosacea. 
  • Lavender will neutralize sallowness or yellow in the skin.

What concealer formula should I use?

jane iredale has a concealer full of skin-love ingredients to suit every need. Learn more about which concealers work best in different situations.

Concealer for Correcting and Highlighting

CircleDelete Concealer is a double-sided color corrector and highlighter with a rich creamy consistency that can be used for coverage and highlighting.  The two colors can be blended or used separately to achieve the exact shade required.  CircleDelete Concealer is available in the following shades:

CircleDelete #1 conceals redness.

CircleDelete #2 conceals, blue, purple, and grey.

CircleDelete #3 is best suited for medium dark to deep skin tones.

CircleDelete #4 is best suited for deeper skin tones. 

Sheer Coverage Concealer

Active Light Under-Eye Concealer is a soft-focus concealer and brightener. Active Light concealer can be used as a highlighter or for sheer camouflage. It provides sheer to medium coverage for under-eye shadows.  Active Light Under-Eye Concealer is available in the following shades:

#1 & #2: yellow neutralizes redness.

#3 & #4: peach neutralizes blue, purple & grey.

#5: yellow/brown neutralizes redness in deeper skin tones.

#6: orange/brown neutralizes darkness in deeper skin tones

Concealer for Dark Under-Eyes

Enlighten Corrective Concealer is a rich, creamy concealer with brightening ingredients that covers extremely dark under-eye circles, hyperpigmentation, and/or bruising (it even covers tattoos!). It’s available in 2 rich shades:

Enlighten 1 is best suited for fair to medium light skin tones.

Enlighten 2 is best suited for medium to medium to dark skin tones.


Concealer for Sun Protection

Enlighten Plus Under-Eye Concealer is a full coverage concealer for anyone with dark circles, puffiness, or texture that protects against sun damage with UVA/UVB sun protection. It brightens and depuffs under eyes.  Enlighten Plus Under-Eye Concealer is available in the following shades:

No. 0 is best suited for fair to light skin tones. 

No. 1 is best suited for light to medium light skin tones.

No. 2 is best suited for medium-to-medium dark skin tones.

No. 3 is best suited for medium dark to dark skin tones.

No. 4 is best suited for dark to deep skin tones.


Concealer for Hyperpigmentation & Color Correction

Corrective Colors is a four-shade kit to correct, conceal discoloration, cover hyperpigmentation and tattoos. The different colors of concealer included in the kit help to cancel out specific discolorations you want to conceal.  The kit includes the following corrective shades:

Yellow concealer works to conceal redness.

Peach concealer works to conceal blue, purple, or grey.

Lilac concealer works to conceal yellow.

Beige concealer works to correct hyperpigmentation.


Full Coverage Concealer

Disappear Full Coverage Concealer is a matte, opaque concealer for camouflaging redness and discoloration. Disappear Full Coverage Concealer is excellent for oily and acneic skin.  Disappear Full Coverage Concealer is available in the following shades:


Medium Light


Medium Dark



How to apply concealer

Now that you know which concealer formula is best for different skin types and situations, learn how to apply concealer.

To cover blemishes, use a stiff brush like the Camouflage Brush in a stippling motion.  For the under eyes, a Camouflage Brush will give a heavier application, whereas a fluffy brush, like the Crease Brush, will give a soft, blended appearance. This technique is best suited for under the eyes.

If you choose to apply with fingers, make sure to use the ring finger; it’s the weakest finger on the hand and gives a gentler application. 

Always apply any complexion correction before your foundation and your under-eye concealer after. 

Set the under-eye area with a bit of powder after application. The under-eye area is an area of motion and is more likely to crease. Learn more about setting powder and its uses here. 

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Beauty Lab! Concealer cocktail

It’s the heart of winter, whether the weather is cold in your home town, it is certainly a time when we can have the winter doldrums. Let’s get out of our beauty ruts and elevate our beauty routines! As part of the whole “in with the new” spirit for the new year, we are launching a new series of tips & tricks encouraging beauty exploration and experimentation.

Experiment with makeup

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If you’re a longtime jane iredale user, you’re probably familiar with what we’re famous for: high quality, performance makeup with clean ingredients.  Many people actually had their first clean beauty experience with our products and we’re so pleased that we could make that happen.  But for our diehard clean beauty loyalists, there’s often a skepticism when new products are launched.  Perhaps they’re concerned that our standards will waiver or that we’ll reach the point that profit takes priority over purity.  I can say that I’ve watched this brand grow since I started using it in 2003 and can tell you, firsthand, that every element of Jane’s original mission is alive and well within the walls of our company.  This makes it all the more exciting to talk to you about our new Enlighten Plus™ Under-eye Concealer. 

Using Concealer for Dark Circles & Brightening Under-eyes

Under-eye concealers are a tricky business because so many people are hypervigilant when it comes to their under-eyes.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had clients pull out their 10X magnifying mirror to inspect underneath their eyes after I’ve finished their makeup.  They wrinkle their noses, squint, blink and do all sorts of other contortions to see if it will crease or feel heavy.  Luckily, our concealers typically pass even the most brutal tests.  But the real scrutiny comes when we look at the ingredients on the back of the box.  Nobody wants toxic ingredients in their concealer.  So, let’s look at our extraordinary new formula and break down why it’s the best under-eye concealer for dark circles. 

how to use Enlighten Plus Under-eye Concealer from jane iredale for brightening and hydrating under-eyes

We should start by stating that Enlighten Plus Under-eye Concealer will be the first concealer we’ve launched in over 5 years.  In that timeframe, a lot of new technology has come into being.  You may not recognize all of the ingredients you see.  So, let’s start with some of our most innovative ingredients. 

What’s in Enlighten Plus Under-eye Concealer?

The first star of this show is called Albizzia Julibrissin, otherwise known as Persian Silk Tree Extract.  We use it because it acts as a barrier that protects our collagen and elastin.  I love this ingredient because it helps prevent something called glycation, which occurs when sugar builds up in our collagen and elastin fibers, making them rigid and degrading their integrity.  That’s something we never want to happen to the skin under our eyes. 

The next ingredient is one you might expect more at the breakfast table than in your concealer.  Quinoa Seed Extract is a flowering plant that is part of the genus Chenopodiumfamily.  Typically used for food, most people don’t know that it is rich in essential fatty acids that restore the skin barrier function.  It is also loaded with Vitamins C and E, which protect the skin from free radicals. These vitamins produce a brightening effect that makes them great for reducing dark circles. 

Another unusual ingredient is Lactobacillus Ferment, which is a probiotic.  This microorganism can actually increase the skin’s ability to defend itself from aggressors; not to mention that it soothes and balances the skin beautifully.   

Now let’s look at a beneficial but often misunderstood ingredient: Dimethicone.  Dimethicone is a silicone that we use to give our new Enlighten Plus its smooth, silky consistency.  Many people do not realize that Dimethicone has been prescribed by doctors for years as a treatment for skin irritations and dryness.  It softens and moisturizes skin without feeling heavy or clogging pores and it gives the under-eyes a gorgeous, smooth appearance.  It works perfectly for a hydrating concealer.

At the end of the day, what many people really want from a concealer is good coverage.  This is where our traditionally effective ingredients come into play, Iron Oxides.  Available in a variety of intense and rich tones, this ingredient helps cancel darkness and brightens the under-eyes beautifully.  The really cool thing is that we grow them in laboratories rather than mining them from the ground.  This ensures they won’t contain heavy metals and that the color will be exact and pure.     

Discover Clean Beauty with Enlighten Plus Under-eye Concealer from jane iredale

Enlighten Plus Under-eye Concealer from jane iredale

The most important thing to remember about any jane iredale ingredient is that we do extensive testing on all of them to make sure they meet the quality and safety standards that have made our brand the top choice of skincare professionals around the world.  We do these tests voluntarily because the cosmetics industry is still self-regulating, and we choose to hold ourselves to a higher standard.  We’re proud to set the benchmark for “clean” and we’re excited to move forward as a positive influence in the beauty industry and a trusted resource for our bright-eyed customers.

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