There’s a concealer for every skin colour and for every different type of flaw, so to cover all bases it’s likely you’ll need at least two. The trick is to choose the right one for the job.
Conceal broken capillaries
For broken capillaries or large areas of pigmentation a liquid concealer works well. “It’s finer than a cream, and more pliable so you can spread and blend over a large area, but still get good coverage,” says make-up artist Wayne Chick.
In cases of rosacea, it’s useful to apply a green concealer underneath your normal concealer as this will help neutralise redness.
- Pupa Liquid Cream Concealer, $25.95, is soothing.
- Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector,$12.25, helps erase redness.
Apply a powder foundation the same colour as your skin with a fine brush directly to the pimple, making sure to blend back into the skin around the edges — a cotton bud works well for this.
For pimples that have begun to heal, try stick foundations. Use a brush for precise application.
- M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $48, has good staying power
- Becca Foundation Stick, $62, blends well.
Conceal dark circles
Covering dark under-eye circles will instantly brighten your face, says US make-up artist Bobbi Brown. Look for creamy formulas that aren’t too drying, in peachy tones to neutralise grey.
- Bobbi Brown Corrector, $45, in Bisque or Peach. Layer under your regular concealer shade.
- YSL Touch Eclat, $75. No 3 is a peachy colour that’s perfect for under-eye circles.
“Your skin changes colour according to the season, or it may be slightly different shades on different areas of the face, such as the forehead, which is often darker,” says Chick. “To match your concealer exactly when covering flaws such as pimples, have two shades you can mix to achieve the right colour.”