For every little imperfection, there’s a concealer and a simple, savvy technique that’ll make it disappear.
From left: L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer, $8.95; Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick, $30; Make Up Forever Ultra HD Concealer, $27
To become bright-eyed, choose a liquid or cream concealer (even better if it’s waterproof), which won’t settle into fine lines.
no matter how pronounced your circles are, use a concealer that’s only one shade lighter than your skin—anything paler will stick out like a sore thumb. “It should have peachy undertones to neutralize bluish and purple circles,” says makeup artist Matin, who works with Claire Danes. Squeeze out a pea-size drop; with your ring finger, dot it from the inner corner of your eye out to the middle, covering only the dark areas. “Add another dot at the outer corner; then, using a press-and-roll motion, gently work all the dots into skin,” says Jessica Chastain’s makeup artist Kristofer Buckle. To become bright-eyed, choose a liquid or cream concealer (even better if it’s waterproof), which won’t settle into fine lines.
Try: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Concealer, $27.
A concealer with a slightly dry, tacky feel, such as a stick or one that comes in a pot, will stay put all day.
Wen a zit creeps up on you, go easy on the camouflage. “First, you need a small, flat concealer brush for precise coverage,” says Buckle. “Your fingertip is too wide.” Next, select a yellowish cover-up—which will counteract redness or darkness—that’s close to your skin color. Swipe it on your hand, dip in your brush (don’t put it directly in the tube or pot to avoid spreading bacteria from the pimple), “then stipple the formula on top of the spot, not the surrounding skin,” says Matin. “Tap with your ring finger until blended.”
Try: Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick, $30.
A liquid concealer (the same kind you’d apply on dark circles) is your best tool to disguise blotches.
While a liquid concealer gives the most natural-looking coverage, don’t use the same color you put around your eyes—it’s too light. “Switch to a warm, yellow-toned hue that matches your skin tone,” says Buckle. Squirt out a small blob, then use your finger to dab it on red areas, which are typically around nostrils, the tip of your nose, and the center of your chin. Pat with your fingers to blend it all in, “then set the makeup with a bit of translucent powder,” says Buckle.
Try: L’Oréal Paris True Match Super- Blendable Concealer, $8.95.