Qn: Should I buy different concealers for different parts of my face? For instance, one for the undereye area and another with higher coverage with a creamier texture for dark spots and zits?
“Of course!” says Larry. His general guideline is that an undereye concealer should be in a warm-toned shade to remove greyness, while a concealer for pimples should be more yellow-based to counter redness.
But beyond that, he says you also need to think about how the texture works with your skin condition. For instance, those with very obvious skin discolouration under their eyes will probably require a dense concealer with a creamy-waxy texture and higher coverage. Others may find that a lightweight liquid concealer works better because it doesn’t crease as much.
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As the undereye area tends to be more wrinkly, opt for a product that adheres well or has light-reflecting properties. Those with mild undereye shadows can try Burberry’s Cashmere Concealer, which has a matte finish and delivers sufficient but natural-looking coverage.
For more severe cases, try Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer. And if you need an extra brightening shot, sheer, colour-correcting products like YSL Touche Eclat are great for countering any mild discolouration that remains after concealer has been applied. Just layer a light wash of Touch Eclat on top after your concealer. Touch Eclat is a cross between a lightweight, sheer concealer and a highlighter and can be used to brighten other parts of the face for a more 3D look.
Concealing blemishes is tricky because it’s a balance between having the right yellow and red tones. “Fresh pimples can be angry and red, so a more yellow-toned product is needed to neutralise them,” observes Larry. Whereas zits that are healing have red and grey undertones, so you may have to mix concealers with warm (pink/red) and cool (yellow/green) tones in order to better hide the scarring.
Post-acne pigmentation usually takes on a greyish hue, so often all it takes to counter it is a concealer with warm coloured pigments in the same shade as your skintone.
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Dark spots disguise
One of the best concealers for hiding dark spots and pimples is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, which you’d often find backstage at international fashion shows, according to Larry who has worked backstage at New York and London Fashion Week. He says that many people have not realised its true potential because they think its texture is too “dry”. Yes, it is packed solid, but pressing it firmly with your fingers or makeup brush kind of dissolves it a bit and changes it into a high coverage liquid-y texture.
The palette boasts two shades – a main colour and a complementing one that is slightly warmer-toned. Mix in a bit of the latter for a warmer shade to counter any greyness on problem spots. “On top of all that, it has great lasting power, adheres beautifully to the skin when used correctly and won't dry and cake over the pimple,” says Larry.
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