The beauty of highlighting and concealer pens

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A highlighting pen does more than its name suggests – yes, it adds some shine and can illuminate areas you want to draw attention to, but it’s also key in minimising the appearance of imperfections, dark circles around the eye area and fine lines.

Plus, if you opt for one with extra benefits, you could find hydrating properties, an SPF and colour correction functions. Apply it to your under-eye area, on the top part of your cheekbones, along the middle of your nose, or anywhere you feel needs a bit of cover or shine.


Here, the six highlighting and concealer pens we’ve currently got our eye on:

Garnier BB Cream Eye Roll-On Miracle Skin Perfector, R69.95

ck one 3-in-1 concealer, R305

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector, R395

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes, R295

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector, R245

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye CreamR109,95

Have you tried any of these?

Other articles you may be interested in:
What’s the deal with concealer?
Highlighters and illuminators
Conceal the Bobbi way!
Contouring with Elizabeth Arden
Your eye make-up questions answered

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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    I tried the Essence one for dark circles but it didn’t help much. I will try the Garnier one.

    4 years ago •

  1. Geraldine Young

    I prefer the Smashbox cream but how does the Revlon Colorstay concealer compare?

    4 years ago •

  1. Chilambwe Mofu

    Might try the Bourjois. Maybelline also does good highlighters. They really help to brighten my under eyes and make it look like I’ve actually gotten some sleep when I haven’t. :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Kamani And Sasha Gengen

    The Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener is great but gives a very natural finish. I prefer using a concealer that is a shade lighter to highlight. However, I am tempted to to out the Smashbox one now.

    5 years ago •

  1. Starlin

    I would like to know which products are normally used for contouring? Would any of these work?

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Starlin. While the above highlighting/concealing pens would certainly form part of your contour routine, you would still require a bronzer to add definition.

      5 years ago •

  1. Mariam Hoosen

    I usually buy concealers in a shade or 2 lighter and use it on the high points of my face. Really brightens and highlights beautifully. I’m going to try the Smashbox one as it looks great.

    5 years ago •

  1. Abby

    These are expensive and I have never found a concealer that matches my skin tone and covers properly. Very frustrating!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hayleigh Chamberlain

    I am all for concealers, and highlighters etc, but don’t you think these babies are a bit over priced? At the end of the day you’re going to wash them off. I get that they make you look amazing!! But I don’t know if the everyday girl can spend that much on a concealer, I know I can’t! Plus I wonder how long they last? Like how many uses could you get out of one? hmmmm :) Just my thoughts anyways.

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes is really spectacular!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I haven’t tried any of these pens just yet but I would go for Smashbox based on the fact that it has SPF which is really hard to come across when looking for product to use around the eye area.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I do find that the Concealer does work with blemishes but they are expensive, especially the good brands.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I have this fear that highlighting my under eye area is going to leave me with two white-ish triangles. I know one has to blend it all out but I don’t know if I could pull it off.

    5 years ago •

  1. MEL1SSA

    I LOVE THE LA Girls Concealer. Can be found in Dischem only. Its good value for money and mine lasted 3 years and has a cute brush tip to paint over imperfections.

    5 years ago •

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