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With so much choice, finding the right products can be confusing. Welcome to operation cover-up
uilty of using just one concealer for everything? ‘Dark circles, blemishes and pigmentation all need different sorts of coverage,’ explains Benefit’s head make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon. So here’s your essential kit for getting flawless-looking skin.
Moisturise first to give a soft, smooth base (Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream*, £20.50/2,050 points, 15ml, brightens and hydrates). A liquid formula is best for the delicate under-eye area – we love Rimmel London Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer, £5.99/599 points (7ml).
‘First, use a green corrector, such as YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer Colour Corrector in Green*, £25.50/2,550 points, to help combat redness,’ says YSL’s make-up artist Ffion Davies-Caddick. Next, layer No7 Match Made Concealer* £8/800 points, on top – using a brush, such as No7 Concealer Brush* £8/800 points, can stop bacteria transferring to your make-up.
Our pick of the best blends for your skin type
SPLURGE Dior Backstage Pro Fix It 2-In-1 Prime and Conceal*, £23.50/2,350 points.
SAVE Bourjois Radiance Reveal, £7.99/799 points.
SPLURGE Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF10*, £23.50/2,350 points.
SAVE NYX Professional Makeup Gotcha Covered Waterproof Concealer, £6/600 points.
SPLURGE Bare Minerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, £23/2,300 points.
SAVE Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer, £7.99/799 points.
SPLURGE Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer*, £17.50/1,750 points.
SAVE Collection Primed and Ready Correct and Conceal Palette, £4.99/499 points.
‘Apply under-eye concealer in an “upside down triangle”. It draws attention to the eyes and away from dark circles, and defines cheekbones,’ says Rimmel London’s Kirstin Piggott. So long, late-night bags!
Correctors and concealers are the Mr & Mrs of make-up. Used together, they can create an ideal base for foundation. ‘Colour-correcting has been a secret used by the pros for years,’ says celebrity make-up artist Francesca Neil. ‘Purple, for example, is my go-to for a tired, lacklustre complexion.’
Green = great for rosacea, redness and thread veins
Yellow = a dark-circle hero
Purple = the antidote to sallow, dull skin
*Available in selected stores.
Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Photography Alex Sarginson/Trunk Archive