Source: Best Health magazine, January/February 2016
Finding the right concealer and applying it properly (after foundation) may be one of the most underrated makeup tricks around. Once you get it right, you’re apt to use less makeup in general and still end up with a brighter, more even-looking skin tone.
Applying concealer to the eye area
To cover dark under-eye circles, look for creamy, illuminating formulas that will reflect light. ‘Most people have a blue or brown undertone in their under-eye area, so using a peach-hued concealer is really helpful,’ says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who works with Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain. ‘Choose a radiance-adding formula that isn’t too dry, so it won’t settle into creases or fine lines.’ Also, remember to conceal the inner and outer corners of your eyes, which can be prone to redness, to help brighten up the whole area. If you find that you need extra coverage, Stiles says you can avoid a raccoon-like look by blending a standard, skin-toned concealer overtop, once you’ve tapped the peach formula into place.
Applying concealer to blemishes
For blemishes, age spots and any redness, look for a heavy coverage formula that is extra-concentrated, which can be in the form of a pot, pan or paste. ‘Having something dewier is nice, especially when days-old blemishes start to get dry around the edges,’ says Stiles.
‘A more emollient formula won’t amplify those edges, whereas something harder and drier can make blemishes look flaky.’ Use a small synthetic brush and apply with a cross-hatch motion for the best coverage.
Clockwise, from top right: Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer, $38; Smashbox Color Correcting Stick, $26; No More Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer, $20; Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, $32; Joe Fresh Long Wear Spot Concealer, $12