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7 Expert Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Concealer


Concealer is a skin saviour to tackle anything life throws at us, from sleepless nights to bouts of acne. Finding The One is tricky enough, and when you do, you need to know how to use it in the most effective way. Here, Vogue asks four pro make-up artists for their top tips on creating a flawless canvas with this hero product.

Choose your fighter

“I like concealers that offer high coverage but with a lightweight consistency,” says Andrew Gallimore. “Buff it into a sheer finish with a fluffy brush (like MAC’s 217), or heat the product up with fingertips to cover the area without leaving too much product on the skin. That way, you avoid creasing, any sliding around or having to use too much powder to set it.”

Use the right tools

“The under eye area is a particularly difficult area to conceal,” says Nam Vo. “My hack is actually to use Shiseido’s Future Solution Foundation instead – the formula is so special. It sits under the eye in a way that no other product does, and doesn’t settle into wrinkles. I apply it first with a brush, then I go over it with a damp sponge. It’s one of my best tricks.”

Keep it natural

“To keep skin as natural as possible, concentrate on just the areas that need it, whether dark circles or blemishes – not down the nose, like some tutorials show you,” advises Gallimore.


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Mix up your shades

Naoko Scintu says that you don’t have to stick with one shade. “I usually use two concealers for under the eyes, one as a base and another to brighten specific areas, such as the inner corners. I tend to avoid bringing the product up to the lash line too, as product will gather in the lines directly under the bottom lashes.” Her go-to formulas are those that melt into the skin seamlessly.

Dark circles: sorted

“I learned my best tip for applying concealer around the eyes while working with Salma Hayek,” explains Florrie White. “She applies it directly from the doe foot applicator into the inner corners of the eyes by the nose, and down along the orbit of the eye where there are often shadows. Before blending it into the skin, she allows the product to sit and dry for a few minutes – fan your hands if needed to help this process. It ensures the intensity of the product fixes to the areas where it is most needed. Blend the edges of the product with a stippling brush, or your fingers, using a patting and rolling motion.”

Create definition

Gallimore has a clever tip for creating a defined lip line: “Buff your concealer over the edge of your lips, then using a small or pointed cotton bud, dipped in a non-oily make-up remover, carve out a sharp lip shape.” No lip liner required.

Set it

“I like to powder over the concealer with a very finely-milled powder for ultra long wear. My favourite is Jurlique’s rose silk finishing powder, which is translucent and smells beautiful too,” says Scintu.

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