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I Test Hundreds of Beauty Products a Month, and This Is Only the Second Concealer to Meet My Standards

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Concealer

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Concealer

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I stand by my proclamation that concealers are a good-in-theory, bad-in-practice bamboozle product. I also attest that there was previously only one exception for this, but in a shocking plot twist, a second concealer has entered the chat: Huda Beauty’s new #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Concealer.

It’s not that I am prejudiced against concealers — I have tried over 100 of them and their shortcomings follow similar patterns of chalkiness, thickness, and patchiness. But I persevered in my hunt for concealer greatness,  so when Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter landed on my desk, I approached it with objective judgment and found that … I loved it.

Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer

Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer

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The concealer, which comes in 29 shades, is the third and latest launch in the #FauxFilter family, following a liquid and stick foundation. In all honesty, the foundations did not do it for me — the coverage and shade options  (39 to be exact) are impressive, but the thicker formula made  it more difficult to mix with my blush and highlighter. The concealer, on the other hand, caught me by surprise.

Here’s what it gets right: A diverse shade range should be expected in 2022, but Huda Beauty takes this a step further by making sure that you find beauty/makeup/how-choose-foundation” data-ylk=”slk:your undertone match, too” class=”link “your undertone match, too. The consistency of #FauxFilter is thin, silky, and deceptively moisturizing. When I first applied it to my face, I was worried that this was another chalky formula, but as I began to spread it with my fingers, it melted into my skin. The way it set after a minute was even more impressive — it looked like I had used a primer

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I had a makeup artist critique my go-to beauty routine. Here’s how she’d make my round face look slimmer.

The writer wears a full face of makeup and a red arrow and X points to her lipstick; A Black Radiance foundation stick, a Rare Beauty foundation stick, and a Huda Beauty concealer stick on a counter with a red X and arrow pointing to them

I asked a makeup artist how I can gain more confidence when I do my beauty routine.Pascale Mondesir

  • I asked makeup artist Hillary Clark to critique my beauty routine to help minimize my uncertainty.

  • Clark suggested a few improved application techniques and said I can repurpose some of my products.

  • I can enhance my natural features by using a bright lip color and applying my bronzer to my eyes.

I’ve wanted to learn how to add definition to my round face and highlight my features.

Makeup products arranged on a table, including a Smashbox primer, Huda Beauty concealer, Black Radiance foundation stick, Rare Beauty foundation and bronzer stick, and Mac Fix+

I’ve curated my makeup collection based on beauty YouTube recommendations from over the years.Pascale Mondesir

I’m not a beauty expert by any means. When I was younger, foundation and eyeliner were my go-tos. But when the YouTube beauty community burst into my life, I realized there are a plethora of products to help elevate my look.

Since then, I developed a routine for a full-coverage, contoured look that I’ve stuck to for years.

But when I decided it was time to change my routine, I reached out to Hillary Clark, a professional make-up artist and esthetician based in Los Angeles.

With her help, I learned a few new tips for applying makeup, adding definition to my face, and adopting quicker, full-coverage routines without looking too glam.

Before I put on makeup, I use a gentle cleanser, toner, and heavy-duty moisturizer.

The writer applies her skin care

Before makeup, I start with skin care.Pascale Mondesir

Currently, I use Milk Makeup’s Vegan Milk cleanser, Buttah Skin’s Rosewater toner, and Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped-Cream moisturizer with a few drops of facial oil for extra hydration.

I always finish off with sunscreen if I’m applying makeup during the day.

Clark suggested skipping heavy oils in my morning routine.

A Milk Makeup cleanser, a facial oil, a serum, and a Drunk Elephant moisturizer

I try to use moisturizing products in my skincare routine.

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