TOP TIPS: How to apply concealer
Concealer is key to achieving a flawless complexion and can hide a multitude of beauty imperfections. It counteracts discolouration, covers spots, can serve as a highlighter and the best ones work in tandem with your foundation to achieve the appearance of an even skin tone and can therefore knock years off your appearance.
On the flip side, a poorly formulated concealer draws attention to problem areas, making them look worse, not better!
Jenna Menard, Clinique's global colour artist, shares her advice.
1. Use eye cream: Prep the skin under the eye with an eye cream to ensure you have a good base. Pick a good everyday formula that helps to moisturise the delicate eye area, allowing concealer to absorb and blend easily.
2. Colour perfect: For the right shade, choose a concealer that is as close to your natural skin tone as possible. Plus, look at the colour of the area you are trying to conceal; for dark under-eye circles, pick a shade that has pink undertones to counteract the blue. For red blemish areas, choose a shade with more yellow undertones.
3. Dab and blend: Apply concealer only where you need coverage and blend, blend, blend. Concealer can also be used to highlight and brighten. Apply a small dab across the tops of cheekbones and over brow bones – you can create structure by highlighting bone areas. You can also mix concealer with a light shimmery powder before applying to the brow bone to give more definition and quickly elevate a daytime look to night.
4. Less is more: Use the minimum amount. Using more than necessary might make the product cake and draw attention to the area.
5. Troubleshoot: You say your concealer has settled into your fine lines and crow's feet. Fortunately, there is a solution. Use a clean eyeshadow brush to lightly blend and feather away the product. A brush works better because your fingertip can often wipe away too much, or worse, create a line of demarcation showing where your concealer ends.