Make-up masterclass: Five tips for perfect concealer application
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells us all we need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends
Beauty lovers have an array of favourite products that they love to use. However, one of the most powerful weapons at any make-up artist's disposal has to be concealer, because they are so versatile. Concealers can be used for colour correction, coverage, concealing blemishes and redness and regrowth under the eyebrow.
In more recent years, light concealer shades have been used in cream contouring routines to intensify definition. Here I have created a list of my favourite concealers for different clients and skin types...
If you have problematic under-eye areas that are prone to dark circles and bags, it's important to choose a concealer that has a brightening effect. For this, I recommend trying Clinique's Line Smoothing Concealer (£17). I adore how full coverage this is, and even though it's a liquid product, it blends and buffs beautifully into the skin for a naturally concealed complexion.
Personally, I love using cream concealers on my clients because the formulas often allow you to control the coverage, texture and the amount of product that is placed on the skin. This can all be controlled by the amount of product you use and the pressure you place on the brush. I use and love the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (£24), which is a best-selling compact that contains a yellow-based concealer to camouflage darkness and a pressed powder to set the product for long-lasting wear.
Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat Concealer (£22.50) is an excellent pen-based concealer. Expertly developed to brighten your features without the shimmer and glitter particles that are often found in cheaper products, this product leaves a natural, luminous finish.
Your face will appear more vibrant and healthy due to light-reflecting pigments that add light and radiance to areas with a natural shadow or depth.
A little tip for dealing with blemishes or redness - counteract these with brightness. A lot of make-up artists tend to opt for a liquid concealer for this, and whilst this does work, I personally feel it doesn't provide the same coverage as a cream concealer. Now, I know from personal experience that if you say the words 'cream concealer', it is enough to make some clients, especially more mature women, run away kicking and screaming, but I assure you that if blended properly, you can achieve beautiful coverage from a cream product. My recommendation for this is Make Up Studio's UK No.2 Concealer (£13.50).
I have heard many great things about Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50). The rich, liquid formula appears so lightweight on the skin that it doesn't sink into and expose fine lines or create cracks. I would use this product under the brow bone to conceal any loose hairs, but mainly to highlight the brow. This concealer is also the perfect product for brightening under the eye.
For full coverage that still looks natural, try the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Light Capturing Concealer (£22). I love this product because it is a self-setting concealer that instantly and lastingly brightens the eye contour by capturing light, making the eyes appear flawless and luminous from every possible angle. Despite its high coverage, this concealer applies smoothly on to the skin which allows a natural finish.
If you are prone to signs of tiredness or dark circles and patches, you should try the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Concealer (£22) because the yellow-based formula is great for colour correction. A little goes a long way with this product - just use the tiniest amount under the eye as too much concealer can be difficult to set.
We all have areas that we would rather cover and conceal. With mature skin, added coverage is needed but this can also pose some problems - thick application or layering can often sink into fine lines and cause extra creases.
A concealer pen is amazing for avoiding these issues, as it will apply thinly and precisely. For this, I highly recommend Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher (£25) - although it's a pricey product, it's worth every penny.
Five tips for perfect concealer application
1. Always choose a concealer that is either the same tone as your skin or one shade lighter. Avoid choosing a really light concealer, as this can be difficult to blend and will be much too visible on the skin.
2. Apply in light layers - remember, it is easier to add than it is to take away. So, applying thin, light layers will ensure a natural and flawless finish
3. For anyone with fine lines or lines under the eye, opt for a liquid concealer as this will apply lightly on to the skin and will not crease in any unwanted areas.
4.When using a cream-based concealer, I always recommend using your finger to apply, as natural body heat will warm up the concealer and apply flawlessly onto the skin.
5. Always remember to set your concealer with a loose powder.