The cor­rect con­cealer can cover a mul­ti­tude, says Sarah Caden, and act as a friend to your foun­da­tion

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - THE PANEL -

There are peo­ple who claim that they rarely wear make-up and only con­cealer, in, you know, the trou­ble spots. They are the kind of peo­ple who ap­pear in ‘my favourite prod­ucts’ ques­tion­naires, who of­ten also wear be­spoke per­fume and have a favourite soap that is not just the one on a twofer of­fer in the su­per­mar­ket. Which is all to say that they are a rar­ity.

Most peo­ple wear con­cealer with make-up; a sort of belt-and-braces bonus. Not that con­cealer should add cakey thick­ness to your cos­metic ef­forts. In­stead, it should work dou­ble-time on things like blem­ishes, bro­ken veins, dark shad­ows and ar­eas of un­even tone. You can go lightly with the foun­da­tion while your con­cealer does the hard work. Once, con­cealer was all about cov­er­ing up spots and came in a one-fits-all beige, but th­ese days there is a rain­bow of shades avail­able, all of which do dif­fer­ent things.

The sci­ence is to do with com­ple­men­tary colours, which means that yel­low con­cealer is good to can­cel out deep pur­ple un­der-eye cir­cles, while peach is good for bluish dark shad­ows. Then green is good for red­ness, and so on around the colour wheel. There’s one for ev­ery face — foun­da­tion-free or not.

BEST OVER­ALL Bobbi Brown Re­touch­ing Wand, €34.50, Brown Thomas; Arnotts, D1; House of Fraser, Dun­drum Town Cen­tre, D16

This is one of two new prod­ucts that come un­der the Re­touch­ing ti­tle, the other of which is a pen­cil that you draw on to ar­eas that you want to even out or high­light. This one is a fluid that you ap­ply through a lit­tle cir­cle-shaped sponge, dot­ting it un­der the eyes, by the nose or in the cen­tre of the fore­head, and smooth­ing to blend. Avail­able in six skin-tone shades, it claims to of­fer a per­fect­ing Pho­to­shop ef­fect and it’s a fair claim. “As con­ceal­ers go, it’s quite sheer, but there is plenty of pig­ment, so you get cov­er­age with­out aw­ful cak­i­ness,” said one pan­el­list.

BEST CON­CEALER CHOICES Ur­ban De­cay Naked Skin Color Cor­rect­ing Fluid in Pink, €22, House of Fraser, Dun­drum Town Cen­tre, D16; Deben­hams

There are no fewer than five dif­fer­ent colours avail­able in this new range of con­ceal­ers. This pink is good for pale skin tones, as it neu­tralises dark ar­eas and can also be used as a sub­tle high­lighter. The yel­low also proved a hit with the sleep-de­prived and their dark cir­cles, while the green was ef­fec­tive when dabbed on bro­ken veins or high colour­ing. “A nice creamy tex­ture and it dries to a nat­u­ral-look­ing, but re­fined fin­ish,” said a pan­el­list.

BEST COVER ALL Sleek MakeUP Colour Cor­rec­tor Pal­ette, €10.45, see cloud10beauty.com

There is an ar­gu­ment to be made that to own this many con­ceal­ers is to sug­gest an ex­cess of worry over your im­per­fec­tions. But we trust you to keep a grip on re­al­ity when dip­ping in to the six pans of pig­ment in this lit­tle pal­ette. A good-value, good-qual­ity kit, it of­fers con­ceal­ers to fix all com­plaints from dark cir­cles to spots. The tex­ture is creamy and cov­er­age is good and can be ap­plied with fin­gers or a brush. “Some days you’re a bit weary-look­ing, some a lit­tle red-faced,” a pan­el­list said. “I love that this cov­ers it all.”

BEST SILKY SKIN Gior­gio Ar­mani High Pre­ci­sion Re­touch, €35, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork

There are five skin-tone shades in this vel­vety con­cealer, rang­ing from very pale to very dark. The lat­ter is good news for those with darker skin, as it can be dif­fi­cult to find con­ceal­ers to match and to deal with is­sues of ashi­ness. With a neat ap­pli­ca­tor, it can be dabbed wher­ever you need a lit­tle ex­tra help. “Feels gor­geously lux­u­ri­ous and made tricky ar­eas more smooth and even-look­ing,” one pan­el­list said.

BEST CLAS­SIC COVER Guinot Cover Touch Con­cealer, €27.25, sa­lons na­tion­wide

Blem­ishes, red­ness and scars are all cov­ered by this light beige colour that adapts to fit your fairer skin tones. The min­eral pow­der con­tent is good for cov­er­ing spots and dark marks, while it also has a se­bum-con­trol in­gre­di­ent to man­age oily spot­ti­ness, ba­si­cally. Price-wise, it’s not ex­actly aimed at the blem­ish-prone teen mar­ket, but grown-ups get spots too, and more of­ten than we think. “Given how well it con­trols my oily T-zone, it’s sur­pris­ingly non-dry­ing,” said a pan­el­list. “A help­ing hand for the bits my foun­da­tion can’t cover.”

Pic­tured, from left, Bobbi Brown Re­touch­ing Wand; Ur­ban De­cay Naked Skin Color Cor­rect­ing Fluid in Pink; Sleek MakeUP Colour Cor­rec­tor Pal­ette; Gior­gio Ar­mani High Pre­ci­sion Re­touch; Guinot Cover Touch Con­cealer

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