Makeup experts say this is the best way to apply concealer

If you fancy a bit of Cannes glam or simply want to up your daily makeup game, you’re going to need to know how to properly apply concealer. Totally not as simple as you thought; there’s a lot more to a flawless complexion than selecting the right base shade. After a distinctly sleepless weekend, we sought the counsel of expert makeup artists who certainly know a thing or two about concealer. Here are some of their tips and tricks for achieving that revitalized glow (even if you’re not feeling particularly fresh).

Makeup experts say this is the best way to apply concealer
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Pat McGrath says:

– Never apply concealer before you apply your foundation. You need to assess how much concealer is actually needed once you do your initial base makeup. Plus it’s likely you’ll wipe away the concealer – a waste of time and money!

Use concealer as a highlighter: Create depth and dimension from dotting or lining (if using a pen applicator) areas you want to brighten.

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Charlotte Tilbury says:

– Tilbury echoes McGrath’s sentiments about always applying foundation first: Prepping your skin with a primer and dabbing on your foundation with a brush will give you a better idea of how much more coverage you need around your eyes, for example.

– Choose a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone. The whole point is to brighten dark pigment or circles, so obviously you’re going to want to opt for a brightening tone.

– Be gentle: Lightly dot and then dab your concealer so it blends but isn’t smeared. If you press too hard it’ll defeat the purpose of it, so give it time to set before you pop any finishing powders over it.

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Bobbi Brown says:

– Select a concealer that’s yellowish in tone. The reason for this is simple: it’s the complementary color to purple, AKA your dark spots/circles. A yellow-based concealer will hide those eye bags more effectively than a pink-toned one would.

– Always pay attention to its texture: Your concealer should be creamy and not excessively greasy/sticky or dry.

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Mario Dedivanovic says:

– If you accidentally use (or have to use) a concealer that’s a tad too dark, don’t use setting powder thinking this will help to lighten it. In fact, it will do the opposite; you’ll end up creating a muddy patch.

– On that note, when using a setting powder, like your concealer, opt for a lighter shade.

For any puffiness, use a highlighter to reflect light and distract from the puffy areas such as your under-eyes.

– Apply liquid or cream concealers with a latex sponge or use your finger; stick to velour puffs when dabbing on setting powder, as brushes tend to streak.

For under the eyes, creating an inverted triangle is the best way for seamlessly blending it in with the underlying foundation and minimizing the appearance of dark circles.

So there you have it. The ultimate concealer cheat sheet. And with that, we leave you with this concealer-applying tutorial by Lisa Eldridge. Bu-bye, dark circles!

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