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If you think a concealer is a one hit wonder that covers spots, blue-tinged bags, red marks and pesky blemishes, you've been using it wrong. We talk you through our best concealer picks and show you exactly how and where to use them.
Having trouble with spots? A full coverage gel-like product such as Maybelline's 'Fit Me' concealer is great for hiding those annoying outbreaks. Just dab onto the problem area with the applicator provided and blend out lightly with a brush. Re-apply if needed but be careful of excess build up.
Laura Mercier's two-tone palette is our secret beauty weapon! The double concealer cancels out blue-toned skin with its peachy shade which expertly matches your skin's depth of colour, and the lighter hue complements your complexion's undertone. This means you can custom-blend the perfect colour to cover dark circles as well as blemishes, scars, minor imperfections, and discolorations. Just remember to apply AFTER foundation.
If you suffer from red cheeks or skin blushes and want to cancel out that flushed look, Max Factor's CC Stick is a fab product to keep in your make-up bag. Just slide the green pigment over the areas you want to conceal and neutralise, then let the colour correction do the work. Apply foundation over the top and extra concealer if needed.
Make Up Forever is a professional product that's been kept under wraps by the world's top make-up artists - until now! Its high-concentrated concealer covers even the most prominent of scars, birth marks and stubborn skin blemishes. It can be diluted using primer or foundation for lighter coverage but we suggest a small amount of the pigment blended over problem areas is just about perfect. You can't get hold of it on the high-street so try ordering a pot online, you won't regret it.
MAC's Select Moisturecover Concealer is satin-smooth which means blending is made easy. The super-light formula is fab for under-eye skin that is delicate and slightly wrinkled as it doesn't crease or sit within the lines, but if you need extra coverage you can layer it up as desired. Don't dot on the product, slide the brush over the entire area you want to cover then dab it into the skin for a professional finish.
If you're a colour-correcting novice but want all the tools to get you started, Kiko has a great palette for beginners. The 5 shades work with almost all skin tones with beige and warm beige being blended together to neutralise dark circles, green to reduce redness, lilac to brighten sallow skin and a pearly illuminating pigment to create highlights. It's the perfect starter kit!
Applying concealer with your fingertips can create a lovely natural effect under the eyes, but on spots, it's a no no. That's where The Body Shop's concealer brush comes into play. It can be used to tailor the amount of pigment you layer on and can pin-point the exact place you want your product. For a truly professional finish, invest in one of these beauty gems.