Make-up Master­class Con­cealer

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and every week he tells you ev­ery­thing you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Un­less you have been blessed with even-toned and textured skin, then you will have used a con­cealer in your beauty rou­tine. Con­ceal­ers come in a range of colour-cor­rect­ing shades, but for this ar­ti­cle I am go­ing to fo­cus on medium to light skin-toned con­ceal­ers, and the tones, tex­tures and prod­ucts avail­able.

When you are choos­ing your tone of con­cealer, al­ways get colour-matched and try be­fore you buy. Your con­cealer should be one or two shades lighter than your foun­da­tion to cre­ate a light­en­ing and bright­en­ing ef­fect un­der the eye.

If you have ma­ture skin or are con­scious of fine lines and wrin­kles, in par­tic­u­lar around your eye area, then I highly rec­om­mend us­ing a liq­uid con­cealer.

L’Oreal Paris Touche Mag­ique Con­cealer (£7.99, Su­per­drug) is a liq­uid con­cealer pen. When us­ing a liq­uid, you will find that the cov­er­age is not as in­stant as your typ­i­cal cream con­cealer, so build your prod­uct up and en­sure it is well blended to achieve a flaw­less nat­u­ral cover.

My all-time favourite liq­uid con­cealer comes from Make-up For­ever, and is the Ul­tra HD Con­cealer (£20, Make-up Pro Store Belfast). This prod­uct is so lightweight and sits beau­ti­fully on the skin.

I love buff­ing this prod­uct in with a clean, fluffy eye­shadow brush, be­cause this gives the most flaw­less cov­er­age with­out a caked ap­pear­ance. This prod­uct is per­fect for ma­ture skin or any­one who loves a sheer, lightweight look.

If you have red­ness or patches of colour on your skin, but you do not want the has­sle of colour-cor­rec­tion, then cream con­ceal­ers are your friend.

Cream con­ceal­ers are the high­est-cov­er­age con­cealer on the mar­ket. The cream con­sis­tency builds per­fectly on top of it­self — it sim­ply needs set with a loose/pressed pow­der to en­sure all-day wear.

One high-cov­er­age drug­store con­cealer I have used and loved is the NYX Pro­fes­sional Makeup Full Cov­er­age Cream Con­cealer Jar (£6). I love how this con­cealer pro­vides such high cov­er­age, and NYX’s range of shades and tones are per­fect for all skin tones. My all-time favourite con­cealer to use for high cov­er­age is Make-up Stu­dio Con­cealer (£12.50, Make-up Pro Store). These con­ceal­ers are high-cov­er­age, but the con­sis­tency is easy to move and blend and does not set, so you are able to work with the prod­uct to ei­ther build it up or buff it out. Con­cealer pen­cils are some­times used in blem­ish cov­er­age and are usu­ally cream or waxbased. They can be used on in­di­vid­ual blem­ishes, but they are most com­monly used at the wa­ter­line of the eye, be­ing a great way to brighten up those tired eyes.

Try NudeStix (£24, Cult Beauty). This vel­vety for­mula stays put and is per­fect for cre­at­ing low-main­te­nance make-up looks that stay flaw­less.

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