Ah concealer, one of the most revered items in a girls’ make-up arsenal. Get it right and you’ll be singing,
‘I woke up like this’
all day. Get it wrong and well, the results aren’t even worth thinking about. Don’t worry; I’ve got a few tips and tricks that’ll have you applying your concealer like a pro.
Under eye circles
For dark circles under the eyes, you need a corrector first. Colour corrector are a specific colour based cream designed to counteract/neutralize pigmentation issues. For dark circles, I recommend a pink or peach based corrector, depending on your skin tone. Bobbi Brown has a great selection of corrector. Using a small brush, apply the corrector onto your dark areas and blend well. Next step is the concealer, which is applied in a half circle from the inner corners of your eye to the outer corner. Another option is to apply the concealer in a small upside down triangle or ‘v’ shape. This little trick lifts the eyes so the area appears brighter. Finish it off by setting the area with some translucent powder.
A quick tip: press and roll the brush instead of swiping it side to side. This ensures a cleaner, flawless finish.
Blemishes and scars
To conceal a blemish, use a concealer in the same shade as your foundation; if the colour is different, it’ll end up drawing attention to the blemish you’re trying to cover. A pencil concealer, like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil, is the best option here, because its pointy shape allows precise application. Apply concealer directly on the blemish and blend out the edges with a damp sponge or your fingers and set with powder.
Covering acne scars or dark spots around the face require a concealer with a creamier consistency, like Mac Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer. Similar to concealing dark under eye circles, a corrector is applied first to the dark areas, followed by the concealer in your shade and a light dusting of powder.
So there you have it ladies, my fail-safe tips on applying concealer. Now go forth and be flawless!