The Fall/Winter 13 trend might be for barely-there make-up and perfect skin, but most of us need a bit of extra help. Whether it’s spots, dark circles or red patches – the chances are a slick of thin foundation isn’t going to leave you looking radiant and model like.
Needing another layer of product to make your look its best doesn’t have to mean cakey skin though. There are hordes of new products on the market which will work wonders and look almost invisible.
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift is the go-to concealer for those whose under eyes need some help. It’s a brightening product which has warm peach tones, perfect for colour correcting and red tones. It is highly pigmented, so provides great coverage, but it’s also thin and blendable so it slides on easily and doesn’t settle in fine lines. For those who are particularly conscious of dark circles there is the White Light shade, which lifts and illuminates if applied under your regular concealer shade. This can also double up as a highlighter for cheeks when contouring.
Making the headlines of late is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, which is a follow up to the company’s iconic foundation. It features SPF 30 and is light and creamy, but strong enough to cover dark circles, blemishes, scars and dark spots. It can even help hide tattoos and it has a built-in powder, meaning it sets for a flawless finish. Vitamins C and E plus jojoba oil make it comfortable to wear and easy on the skin too.
Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer is make-up with skincare benefits too. As well as vitamins A and E, it includes Chilean tree bark extract to ease puffiness and aid skin’s elasticity. Natural Marine Peptides and hyaluronic filling spheres will also keep the under eye areas hydrated if the product is used there. This concealer provides sheer-to-full coverage, so offers something for everyone.
We’d also recommend Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, not least because it has a wide range of colours which should make it easy to find your perfect match. It is a thick product but is easily blended and has a slightly yellow tone, ideal for camouflaging imperfections.
As with all products, the key to making concealer stay in place and look fresh is the application. Apply in thin layers rather than piling on product, which is the quickest road to cakeyness. When applying under the eye, use the ‘pat and roll’ method rather than smearing on and remember concealer is only needed where you have the dark shadow, not under the whole eye. When covering spots, always set with translucent powder for a look that will last.
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