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Sometimes you’ve just got to strip it right back to basics. Knowing how to apply concealer correctly (with or without a brush), whether it's for acne, redness, under eye bags or dark circles, will revolutionise your make-up skills from begginner to pro.
The question we always get asked is just simply ‘How do you apply concealer?’ Whether you’ve got spots, redness or rosacea, dark circles or pigmentation, or even how to stop concealer creasing, here’s how to cover them and fake perfect, even skin.
If you’re so tired you look like you’ve been punched in both eyes...
Ah, dark circles. We can’t seem to shift them for love nor money, but you can have a bloody good stab it with this concealer technique. First up, hydrate the area with a good eye cream (did you know most of us apply eye cream wrong?), and always, always, always, use a concealer shade that’s one lighter than your foundation. We love NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for around the eye area as it doesn't crease into fine lines, however this cheap concealer is also very good. Apply your concealer in upside down triangles under each eye to stop the bag descending so far. Fake it till you make it, right? We love this cult concealer for brightening dark circles, and this concealer is our editor's favourite.
If you have the planet’s most annoying break-out...
Hold it! Before your gouge your fingers into the pot of concealer and try to trowel it on – pick up a small fluffy brush (we use an eye shadow brush) and dust your concealer over the spot (even if it’s creamy, it’ll work). You get a much more even, fuller coverage and you won’t be prodding your dirty mitts anywhere near it either. If you have a huge-ass spot that just won’t disappear, try the sandwich method. One layer of concealer, one layer of powder on top of that to set it, and then brush on a second layer of concealer on top of that – we find a patting motion helps to cover up angry acne and redness the best, rubbing will just move the product around the spot. We love NARS Complete Soft Matte Concealer that blurs away spots without drying them out and highlighting them, all thanks to hydrating hyaluronic acid. While you're waiting for it to go down, try on of these tried and tested spot treatments.
If you have a dark sun spot for every holiday you’ve ever been on...
This is where colour correcting concealers come into their own! To navigate the rainbow of options out there, we suggest just sticking to yellow or orange to fade the appearance of dark spots and creamy concealers work best as they’re thicker and last longer. Put your foundation on first then dab the product on (with fingers or a sponge works equally well) to blot over the dark pigmentation and give a much more even skin tone.
If your skin has started flaring up crimson. Why why why?!
Just lunge for the green and yellow concealers. They won’t actually turn your face lurid, but the colour will neutralise redness. If it’s just same blotches, use a flat brush to get to the precise areas but if you have larger areas of redness, use a kabuki brush and buff concealer on.
Now find yourself a personalised concealer match with this genius concealer quiz...