Make-up masterclass: Top five tips for flawless concealer
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and every week he tells you all you need toknow about the latest make-up techniques
I hope that all my Belfast Telegraph readers are enjoying the sunshine and the slight change in the weather. And with the more pleasant temperatures come more outdoor activities - when wearing a lot of make-up is not an option.
This is when your concealer is your lifesaver! It is a quick, easy and lightweight way to give coverage in places where you need it most.
Concealer is another product which is mass-produced by nearly every cosmetic house, so can be so difficult to know which will suit you best. Here is my guide to keep you covered this spring.
For many women, the under eye areas can be the first to show signs of ageing - and also of tiredness and dehydration. If you are conscious of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness, I recommend using one of two products.
Firstly, Touche Eclat by YSL (Debenhams, £26). This is a lightweight under eye brightening colour - I would recommend using shade two as it has a pink undertone which will not only colour-correct but brighten the under eye area. This is a brilliant concealer for anyone with fine lines, as it is lightweight and will not sit in the fine lines.
The second product I recommend is Make-up Studio Concealer Pen (£15, Make-up Pro Store). This silky liquid concealer is easy to blend and contains active, nourishing and protective ingredients.
In this case, a liquid concealer is your secret weapon. Try Make-up Forever Ultra HD Concealer (£20, Make-up Pro Store) which is the most lightweight and highly pigmented coverage concealer I have ever used.
It can be used on blemishes, redness, dark circles, heightened pigmentation and much more. I always apply this with a fluffy brush so that the concealer does not sit in any fine lines and looks totally airbrushed and even.
I also recommend Urban Decay's Naked Concealer (£20) - I love it for glamorous evening looks as it blends into the skin easily.
For full coverage on smaller areas, try BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealer (£24, CultBeauty.co.uk). It has a creamy texture and will glide on to the skin beautifully, giving you maximum coverage.
If you have redness or patches of colour on your skin but do not want the hassle of colour correction then cream concealers are your friend. They offer the most comprehensive coverage on the market. Simply set it with a loose or pressed powder to ensure it lasts all day.
One high coverage concealer from the high street I have used and loved is the NYX Professional Make-up Full Coverage Cream Concealer Jar (£6). The range of shades it comes in is perfect for all skin tones.
A concealer I recently tried was the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£3.99, Superdrug). I love the shade range of this product and its applicator made it a very easy concealer for anyone on the go. This is a very pigmented product, which means a little goes a long way.
Five tips for flawless concealer application
1. Always purchase a concealer one or two shades lighter than your foundation - at the most. I urge you to not purchase a concealer that's too light, as this will give you a somewhat ghostly appearance.
2. I know that cosmetics houses spend billions in the technology of their concealer applicators, however I am a massive believer in using lightweight, fluffy brushes for a flawless finish under the eye.
3. If you are very conscious of fine lines around your eye area and want to apply concealer here, use your index finger with the product in a tapping motion. The body heat from your finger will help the skin absorb the product and avoid it sitting in fine lines.
4. Blend your edges. I always recommend using a beauty blender for this part as this will create a continuity back into your natural skin tone to make your coverage look real and flawless.
5. Don't be afraid to invest in your concealer, as this product can be used for an array of purposes, such as concealing under the brow, priming the eye, as well as being placed in small amounts over the lid for pigment to attach to.