Corrective sticks or concealers are a great product for correcting just about any facial flaws you can think of. Hide your dark circles, brown spots, angiomas, vitiligo, scars, spots, even unwanted tattoos – you name it, it can be masked by this miracle in a stick. Our professional make-up artist Pascale Guégan offers some helpful advice on how to get the best out of your concealer.
Practise makes perfect
Concealer sticks are generally higher in pigments than liquid or compact foundations, even corrective foundations. And don’t be deceived – surprisingly good things often come in small packages! Always carry a concealer in your handbag to touch up your make-up in a skin emergency or to brighten and enhance your complexion. Start by moisturising your skin and applying your usual foundation all over as a base. You can then apply your concealer, as Pascale Guégan explains: “A concealer stick can be used on its own or during the second stage of your make-up routine. Dab it carefully onto the problem area, then continue to dab gently with your fingers, a well squeezed out sponge or a flat brush to blend it into your skin. To finish, set your make-up by adding a thin dusting of translucent powder.
Hollow, bluish or puffy circles
Under-eye circles can have many causes, but since the skin that covers this area of the face is particularly fragile, you have to tread lightly when trying to conceal them. By carefully applying make-up that’s suitable for sensitive skin, you can instantly disguise these nasty shadows. “If your circles are hollow and dark in colour, opt for a light concealer close to your natural skin tone. But if you have puffiness and under-eye bags, a great technique is to use a darker shade on the puffy part to reduce volume together with a lighter shade on the hollow area. And whatever you do, don’t apply circles all round your eyes with a light-coloured concealer, or you’ll end up looking like a clown!” adds Pascale Guégan with a smile.
Vitiligo, angiomas, rosacea, brown spots, tattoos and burns
Although at first glance skin imperfections can vary hugely the techniques for covering them up are actually fairly similar. Pascale Guégan explains: “Use a corrective make-up specifically designed for damaged skin to make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin even more and result in red patches or spots. Apply your usual moisturiser as a base, and if you like you can also apply foundation at this stage (if you’re in a hurry or have a specific blemish to cover up, you don’t have to apply foundation). Your concealer should match your skin tone exactly. Gently dab it on the troublesome area – for vitiligo, apply it to the white patches; for melasma, to the brown patches. Apply a small amount in a single layer. Then, using the fleshy part of your finger, dab it gently so that it melts into the skin. It’s often a good idea to apply the concealer to the area around the blemish too to get rid of any residual redness and give you a more natural look.”
For more tips on how to apply, visit our Dermablend How-To website
Acne, moles and scars
But what if the blemish actually sticks out from the skin? “Always bear in mind this basic principle: applying a slightly darker shade to any “bumps” can create the illusion of smoother skin, and using a lighter colour in the hollow areas around your imperfections can reduce their volume. On small spots or scars, use a precision brush. Apply a darker concealer at the centre and a lighter colour around the edges.” Imperfections? What imperfections?