Got something you want to make disappear? All you need is the right concealing product, a couple of tools and a little skill. Whether you’re battling breakouts or disguising dark circles, we’ve got you covered.
The issue: A big fat blemish
The cover-up: A creamy concealer
When you’re doing heavy-concealer duty, apply foundation first and concealer second -- otherwise you risk blending away your handiwork. After applying foundation with a foundation brush or sponge, use a small makeup brush to paint the concealer right on the blemish. Work sparingly at first and then add more if necessary (if you glob the concealer on a bigger area than you need to, you’ll just make the spot more noticeable). Set with powder to help the concealer stay put all day long.
The issue: Dark circles
The cover-up: A liquid concealer
Start by blending in the area with a light layer of foundation. Choose a concealer with a light consistency (anything too heavy could look dry or settle into fine lines under the eyes), and with a slight yellow tone to offset the purple tinge of undereye circles. Just don’t go with a too-light shade, or you’ll get scary white circles around your eyes instead. Apply the concealer in dots and then gently pat with your pinky finger to blend them in.
The issue: A scar
The cover-up: A concentrated concealer
First off, make sure you’re using a moisturizer with SPF – scars are especially sensitive to the sun and can burn much faster than healthy skin. Start by applying foundation to your entire face, and then use a concealer with a thick (almost solid or powdery) consistency. Apply the concealer precisely on top of the scar with a small brush and use your pinky finger to blend in the makeup around the edges of the scar.
The issue: Uneven skin tone
The cover-up: A primer and a full coverage foundation.
If you’ve got uneven skin tone or several problem areas, it can be tempting to just go to town with the concealer. Don't do it -- concealer looks unnatural when used all over the face, and it can even trigger breakouts. Instead, start with a primer suited to your skin type – it will give your makeup a smooth base to stick to, and will ultimately let you use less of the stuff. Next, apply a full coverage foundation with a clean makeup brush. Finish up by dotting concealer only where you really need it and setting everything with a dusting of powder.
Tell us what you think! What are your concealer tricks? Do you have any favourite concealer brands? Let us know in the comments!