In case you missed it, bellas, this month you’ll all be receiving an amazing concealer from US beauty blogging goddess Michelle Phan’s Em Cosmetics range! Yup – a full sized tube of The Great Cover Up Concealer in one of eight great shades is about to land in your letterbox, and we just know you’ll love it.
This hard-working prod (valued at $23) does far more than just hide the signs of a big night out. Ultra-creamy and highly pigmented, it provides high level coverage for any spots, shadows and imperfections, while giving a natural finish. You can use it as a spot treatment, to hide the crimes of the night before, or to highlight or contour.
To make the most of The Great Cover Up, here are 12 genius concealer hacks to try today.
#1 – Use the inverted triangle technique
Do you usually apply concealer in a half-moon shape? To play up your eyes and define cheekbones, it’s better to use an upside-down triangle instead. Apply and blend concealer to the inner and outer corners of each eye, then narrow to a point near the base of your nose.
#2 – Apply concealer after your foundation
We hate wastage and, if you apply concealer first, you’ll likely use too much. Applying foundation afterwards will also remove a lot of your concealer. You don’t want all that magic to go to waste.
#3 – Mix concealer with eye cream
We love this tip to ensure an ultra-light, dewy effect, and to avoid your concealer creeping into dreaded creases.
# 4– Opt for a peach-based shade
If you have dark circles, you’ll need a peachy concealer to cancel out the blue tones. You can then apply another layer of concealer in your exact skin shade for wide-awake peepers.
#5 – Put a ring finger on it
You can use a brush, but fingers make a great applicator too. When working around the delicate under-eye area, go gently and use your ring finger to pat the product in. It’s kinda weird, but because it’s a bit more awkward, you’ll apply less pressure than if you use your index or middle finger.
#6 – Easy does it
Too much concealer is never a good thing. If you go too heavy on a spot, you’ll draw attention more than camouflage, and a heavy application under the eyes will just settle into fine lines and creases. Add a little bit at a time to build your coverage to the desired level, or apply light layers of different shades.
#7 – Too dark? Make a bronzer
If you have a concealer that’s just a touch too dark, try adding a few drops to your moisturiser. It’s a clever (and cheap!) way to fake a subtle faux glow.
#8 – Apply your eye makeup first
Hands up who’s attempted a smokey eye, and ended up with a serious smudge situation under the eyes? The key here is to apply concealer AFTER your shadow, liner and mascara. That way, if you have more spills that thrills, the clean-up job is way easier, and you won’t have to remove your dirty concealer and start all over again.
#9 – Use concealer as a highlighter
If your concealer is too light to do the heavy lifting (ie hide the bags and spots), chances are it would make the perfect highlighter. Dab a little under your brow bone, above your cupid’s bow (pro-tip: concealer can also be used to prevent lipstick bleed), and the inner corner of your eye. Blend well for a fresh, youthful look.
#10 – And to prep your eyelids
Match your bottom to you top. Say what? Using a dab of the same concealer from your under-eye triangle, even out the colour of your upper lids. This will also serve as a primer to help your eye makeup stay put.
#11 – Set your concealer with powder
To keep your concealer from wandering and your angry spot from reappearing during your date, it’s essential to pat a little translucent powder on top. Just a dusting – cakey is not the look you’re after.
#12 – For spots, match your concealer to your skintone
Green concealers are magic at dialling down redness. After targeting spots with a green-based product, add a layer of concealer that matches your skin to fake a smooth and even complexion.