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Beauty masterclass

How to conceal

With so much choice, finding the right products can be confusing. Welcome to operation cover-up

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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.

YOU WANT TO COVER…

DARK CIRCLES
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).

BLEMISHES
‘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.

PIGMENTATION
High-coverage products with peach undertones even out darker patches. Try Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick*, £15/1,500 points, applied with a Beautyblender Micro Mini Sponge £14.50/1,450 points (2-pack).

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The perfect solution

Our pick of the best blends for your skin type 

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    For dry skin

    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.

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    For combination skin

    SPLURGE Bare Minerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, £23/2,300 points.

    SAVE Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer, £7.99/799 points.

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    For oily skin

    SPLURGE Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer*, £17.50/1,750 points.

    SAVE Collection Primed and Ready Correct and Conceal Palette, £4.99/499 points.

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‘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!

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Cutting-edge correctors

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.’

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Green = great for rosacea, redness and thread veins

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Yellow = a dark-circle hero

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Purple = the antidote to sallow, dull skin

*Available in selected stores.

Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Photography Alex Sarginson/Trunk Archive

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