Concealer

Concealers are a real gift when it comes to hiding those flaws and blemishes that foundation just can’t cope with. Of course, layers and layers of concealer won’t go far towards hiding anything, but a subtle dab here and there really can make a difference if you have an unfortunate break out or some dark circles that need to vanish. Carefully applied concealer adds the finishing touches to a look and, when used correctly, can give you the confidence to step out looking and feeling great.

Types of concealer

Strange as it may sound, there are actually three different base colours, primarily because we all have different tints and tones to our skin, and the shades of green, yellow and purple that are found in most everyday concealers are used to neutralise the flaws in our complexions – which are also based on the three colours. This isn’t as confusing as it sounds, honestly!

Firstly, think about what you want to cover up and what colour it leans towards – such as blue for dark circles, or red for spots, then you’re ready to choose a concealer that will work with this in mind. With a little science on hand, namely the colour spectrum, you can find which concealer base is the opposite of your problem skin colour; this is how you neutralise the tones in your flaws. After you’ve neutralised the blemish, you can then easily cover it with a layer of foundation, and it will be practically invisible.

Typically, concealers are sold as sticks, creams, or liquids, and a useful hint is to choose one shade lighter than your foundation, otherwise your blemishes will still be visible as darker areas on your skin.

Liquid concealer

Make up wearers who have problems with dry skin should definitely opt for a liquid concealer, they’re much more moisturising and gentle on the face. Chose a light shade to brighten up the eyes and any redness around the nose.

Stick concealer

Whilst liquid is great for overall, natural looking coverage, it doesn’t hurt to have a solid concealer in your make-up kit either, they’re much better at covering specific problem areas, such as spots or scars – particularly if you’re not at home and need to keep re-applying.

Cream concealer

These are frequently sold in pots, they’re easy to use and tend to be aimed at covering smaller areas, like under the eyes or the nose. The creamy texture makes them glide onto delicate areas and provide long lasting coverage.

How to apply concealer

It’s not just a case of slapping on a layer of concealer to make the face look the same colour all over, there’s a much more subtle, practiced technique involved in camouflaging blemishes, there are a few vital steps you should always remember;

1.Moisturise before you apply. Concealer, like most make-up, needs something to grab onto, beautifully smooth, moisturised skin provides the perfect palate for application, it will make blending easier too.

2.To avoid lines, make sure you prime the eyelid before you add concealer. Sweep some over your eyelid with a large brush, and then blend with a sponge to create a natural look.

3.Clean up after yourself! Eyeshadow seems to get everywhere, so be careful to brush away any excess before you start to apply concealer, otherwise you’re likely to end up with smudges and smears that mean you’ll have to wash it all off and start again.

4.Check for dark circles and shadows. Using a mirror, lower your chin and look up at yourself to see where the shadows and dark areas are on your face. Then, using either a pencil or stick concealer, apply gently to any areas that appear too dark.

5.Blend. A sponge is best for this, as brushes aren’t soft or solid enough. Carefully smudge the edges of where you’ve applied concealer, until you see a gradual change in tone, not an obvious line from light to dark.