REAL MEN WEAR CONCEALER

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We could butch things up with a cam­ou­flage mil­i­tary metaphor, but es­sen­tially we’re talk­ing make-up for blokes. The kind that gives red car­pet and run­way strut­ters flaw­less com­plex­ion rarely seen in your mir­ror. Point is, you may al­ready have ex­per­i­mented with your part­ner’s concealer, or been tempted to. Wrong way, go back. Us­ing this prod­uct cor­rectly and to max­i­mum ef­fect is well within reach – it comes down to se­lect­ing the right one and ap­ply­ing it prop­erly. We en­listed three of the in­dus­try’s top guns for their hot tips and must-haves. Nica Mar­cello, na­tional ed­u­ca­tion man­ager at Tom Ford (yes, that’s her ac­tual ti­tle), says, “When ap­ply­ing concealer, the mantra should al­ways be ‘less is more’. You want a build­able for­mula. Tom Ford For Men ‘Concealer’ is creamy in tex­ture and best warmed with fin­gers be­fore ap­ply­ing. This will en­sure that it blends smoothly, giv­ing you the cov­er­age that you need without look­ing like you are wear­ing make-up.” Mar­cello also sug­gests look­ing for prod­ucts that go be­yond sim­ply cov­er­ing trou­ble spots with heal­ing in­gre­di­ents. “There’s caf­feine in Tom Ford For Men ‘Concealer’, mak­ing it ideal for con­ceal­ing while calm­ing and re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion. The concealer also con­tains Vi­ta­min E which acts as a pro­tec­tant and re­pairer for your skin, mak­ing this the per­fect com­pan­ion to con­ceal un­der-eye cir­cles.” Tom Ford For Men ‘Concealer’, from $64 (2.3g), comes in three shades so you can best ap­prox­i­mate your skin tone, while the Tom Ford ‘Con­ceal­ing Pen’, $80 (3.2g), is avail­able in six hues and comes topped with a sponge ap­pli­ca­tor tip for even cov­er­age. Shade se­lec­tion is also cru­cial. “To mask dark cir­cles, use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. For blem­ishes or red marks, choose a shade that matches your skin tone,” says Nathan Jan­causkas, founder of Men’s Biz. It’s the same in ap­pli­ca­tion. “If you’re try­ing to hide dark cir­cles, start by dab­bing a pea-size amount of eye cream around the eye area and leave to ab­sorb for a bit. This helps re­duce puffi­ness and stops concealer sit­ting in skin crevices. Ap­ply to the cor­ner of the eye, then work out­wards blend­ing as you go. Gen­tly pat the concealer into skin us­ing your ring fin­ger. This helps to blend evenly and keep the concealer in place.” Jankaus­cas rec­om­mends ex­per­i­ment­ing with the Me­naji range, for­mu­lated specif­i­cally for male skin. “The ‘Camo Concealer’, $39 (9.9g), comes in six shades and is ideal for spot or un­der-eye zones, and if un­wanted sheen is an is­sue, opt for the ‘HDPV Ant-shine Pow­der’, $39 (10g).” Though we’ve touched on quan­tity, ap­pli­ca­tion and colour se­lec­tion, sadly there’s no one-size-fits-all ap­proach to con­ceal­ers. The right prod­uct de­pends on the is­sue you’re deal­ing with and skin type. “For un­der the eyes, try El­lis Faas Concealer, $46 (2.8ml),” says Mecca’s head of artistry, Tony Bau­mann. There are eight colours and Bau­mann adds, “They pro­vide a true skin fin­ish.” If dry skin is an is­sue, Bau­mann sug­gests Hour­glass ‘Hid­den Cor­rec­tive Concealer’, $49 (3.5g), which comes in 10 shades. “It’s su­per-hy­drat­ing with amaz­ing cov­er­age and doesn’t look dry or flaky.” mecca.com.au; shop. david­jones.com.au; mens­biz.com.au

GROOM­ING DAVID SMIEDT E D I T E D BY

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