The Newest Concealer Trend Is All About Reflecting Light, and I'm So Into It

Just when you think a product has reached the height of its capabilities, a new formulation comes around and changes the game forever. Case in point: what's currently happening to concealer. For a long time, concealer has been the product to reach for to mask a blemish or hide dark circles. If you wanted to mix things up, you could opt for a concealer a couple shades lighter than your skin tone to brighten your under-eye area, but that's about it. 

The latest concealer formulation, however, has burst onto the scene and is here to stay. More and more, brands are making their concealers with light-reflecting ingredients, and the result is radiant, glowy skin that makes you look fresh-faced. 


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What is light-reflecting concealer, and how does it work?

"Light-reflecting concealer is a luminous formula that works to hide imperfections and give radiance to the skin—think inner glow," says makeup artist Disco. "Their reflective ingredients bounce the light where applied and give a blurring effect to minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores."


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What's the best way to use light-reflecting concealer?

It might seem like you could only use a light-reflecting concealer under your eyes, but it can actually be used all over. "For under the eye, the light-reflective qualities help to cancel out any darkness without having to add a color corrector," says Disco. "Light-reflecting concealers are also great for hiding dark spots or spots that are healing."

If you need to cover a raised blemish, Disco recommends opting for a more matte formula so you don't end up attracting more attention to the spot you're trying to cover. Light-reflecting concealers are perfect for brightening a dull complexion or adding radiance to your skin. 


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The best light-reflecting concealers on the market right now:


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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.