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There Is No “Right” Way To Apply Concealer

But there are concealers better than others. We weigh out the different methods that the internet has debated on, then tell you the ones you should be SPENDING on.

Concealers are like a godsend when it comes to makeup. Foundations are essential, but concealers do the real work when you have zits, eye bags, pigmentation, scars and veins. Basically, the task bestowed upon the concealer is not an easy one. That said, with such great power comes great responsibility. A concealer is only as good as the way you apply it, else it would all be for nought.

Contrary to all the “THIS is how you should be applying your concealer” or “How THIS Celebrity Makeup Artist Applies Her Concealer” headlines that seem to make us question our own makeup techniques, the truth of the matter is there’s no right way in which you should apply it. Deng, Deng, Deng. It really depends on whether you like a natural or a more full-faced kind of look. We will not go into detail about what type you should be using and for what, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

If you ask us, our opinions are divided between a damp Beauty Blender or just your plain old fingers. Some makeup artists we’ve spoke to recommend using a concealer brush, either a flat top or a skinny pointed one. We will say this, though – brushes are actually really good for pores or open wounds, and can help conceal much more than you would with a sponge because of the precision you get.

There is also the wildly popular “triangle method”, where you apply it in a triangular shape under your eye. Having tried it ourselves, we find that it provides fuller coverage and gives a more contoured look, so yes, this one is great, too. For this, you are better off with a liquid brightening concealer – like this one from IT Cosmetics – and never a cream-based product as that will only set into your fine lines.

Another tip for achieving a natural finish? Apply foundation before your concealer, so there’s no need to pile on the concealer. Alternatively, the opposite would provide a fuller coverage, if that is what you want, as the blemishes and spots are being covered, twice over.

Whatever method you may choose, make do and do what you think fits. But, don’t go too crazy, unless you’re headed for a costume party as Maleficent. Below, we rounded up our all-time favourite concealers that have been our steadfast wingwands – geddit, geddit – for years.

Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer

Clio Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Concealer 

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Ageing Concealer

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer

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