Conceal or reveal? How to apply concealer correctly…

So today I asked my followers for suggestions on what you want to know when it comes to make-up know how. The lovely Becky asked ‘How to apply concealer correctly?’ So here goes…

Concealer features in almost every woman’s make-up bag, no matter how much of a make-up addict you we all like to hide spots and dark circles, or at least when I meet brides to be they’re most keen on ensuring these things are well hidden.

So how do you chose the right concealer?

Firstly picking the right shade is essential. Try to chose one with a yellowy colour in it and ensure it’s a couple of shades lighter than your normal skin tone. If the colour is too dark it will actually accentuate spots rather than hide them.

What brands are best?

I use a number of different shades of concealer as not all my face is the same colour and it allows me to build up concealer in the right places with the right shades. Here are a few of the concealers I personally recommend.

Makeup Academy – Pro-Base Conceal and Brighten Kit


This kit comes in 3 different shaes for all skin tones and both conceals spots and blemishes but can also be used to hide unwanted dark circles.

Benefit – Realness of Concealness kit


This kit consists of 5 fab concealing products, Boing – which as Benefit call it ‘an industrial strength concealer’,which is good but I find a little dark for covering spots but good for under eyes, Lemonaid – apply with fingertips to eyelids to hide discolouration, Lip Plump – a primer for your lips, High Beam – ideal for highlighting cheek bones – I love it!! And finally Ooh La La Lift – this is an under eye deepuffer! Your hangover / lack of sleep dream kit!

Body Shop – Lightening Touch


Lightening Touch is the Body Shop version of the YSL Touche eclat, and made for concealing the under eye area. When working for Body Shop I sold this stuff by the bucket load!!! The idea is you apply this after you’ve finished your make-up. It has light reflecting formula, so when applied it replects the light away from your dark circles whilst concealing as it goes. It also lasts ages providing you don’t over do it on the clicks. (as you turn the cyclinder it pushes the concealer up the tube).
When should I apply concealer, before or after foundation?

This is a very good question. If you’re looking to hide dark circles then apply concealer first (unless using Touche Eclat or Lightning Touch that is), then apply your foundation over the top. If you’re looking to hide blemishes or spots then apply you foundation first and concealer second. Otherwise the application of foundation will rub off the concealer.

So how is best to apply it??

For best results apply your concealer with a small headed brush, ideally one labelled lip or concealer brush as they’re an ideal size. You’ll get a more even finish and won’t get finger print marks when you apply it. Dab dots of concealer over the area you’re looking to cover and gentle blend in. If you’re covering a spot make sure you clean your brush before and after and definitely avoid covering it with your fingers as you can spread more germs and in turn make the spot worse.

However if you are using your fingers then again dot concealer over the area and dab into your skin with you middle or fourth finger. These fingers tend to have a more gentle touch then your index finger. Always tap or dab never rub. In order to conceal your make-up finish with a light layer of loose powder. Go easy on this as you don’t want to look too powdery!!

Covering dark circles

Make sure you use a brightening concealer for doing this, I use the Makeup Academy kit and then apply foundation and finish off with Lightning Touch. I find this is really effective and long lasting. Using this formula means I get a good coverage and definitely don’t get under eye creases.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful. If there’s anything else I can help with, please give me a shout!

The tips and techniques featured in this blog are taken from my own experiences, from using products on my own clients and myself. I do not claim that each product will be suitable for everyone and this must be taken into account when reading my blog. However I am very happy to speak to you on a one on one basis to advise the best products for you and your skin.

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