How to Use Concealer Like A Pro

Discover which product works best on blemishes vs under eye circles

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Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
January 24th, 2017

There are few make-up products that can make a difference to your complexion quite like concealer, from brightening underneath eyes to hiding blemishes, it really is the secret ingredient when creating a flawless base. The often-unsung beauty hero is a make-up artist staple, and something everyone can benefit from having in their beauty arsenal.

But with so many formulas out there, how do you know what’s best for you?

Usually, concealers are split into two camps; those for underneath eyes and those for covering blemishes. The main differences between the two are that the formulas created for covering dark circles tend to be more hydrating, usually, have light reflective particles and a neutralising tone (such as peach) whereas concealers for hiding blemishes often have more pigment and are slightly drier in consistency.

When deciding on a concealer for underneath eyes most of us think we need a lot of coverage, but the thicker the product is, the more likely it is to crease or cake, which in turn can be ageing (no thanks!). More often than not, it’s down to the shade chosen which can make all the difference, and that boils down to understanding your skin tone.

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If you’ve found in the past that your concealer looks ashy or isn’t quite doing its job properly (even after you’ve applied it well), then it might be time to switch up the tone. Everyone is different, but as a general rule of thumb, paler skin tones will usually have grey/blue discoloration under the eyes which can be neutralised by using a warm peach or salmon concealer. Sallower complexions on the other hand veer towards a taupe/brown tone under the eyes which cooler, yellow tones suit much better.

When thinking about using concealer for hiding blemishes, a highly pigmented cream formula in a shade that matches your foundation will offer maximum coverage with the least amount of effort. For the best results, buff it onto skin using a small, fluffy brush to diffuse the product first and then lightly blend out the edges to create an airbrushed finish that looks natural. If needed, use a small pointed concealer brush for any final touches on areas that need a little extra product.

MUA Tip: Dusting on a translucent powder to set the concealer will give a long lasting finish every time.

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