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How to pick the right concealer for your needs

When it comes to applying concealer, not all skin issues should be treated the same.

By Elise Wilson

For pigmentation

This is possibly the trickiest problem for a concealer as pigmentation differs in shape and size on everyone. For best results first use a foundation to even out your skin tone. Next, for pigmented areas use the concealer to take out some of the darkness. Set with a translucent powder to keep it in place all day.

Try: 1. Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, $58: Because it's extremely moisturising and almost weightless it, easily blends in, giving an undetectable finish.
2. Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer, $44: This two-in-one product covers dark spots while working to fade them over time.
3. Moisture Mist Translucent Loose Powder, $40

For under-eye bags

Those dark circles under your eyes are often puffy as well so sometimes you need a little something extra. "We always recommend mixing a dot of eye cream to your brightening concealer," says Estée Lauder national education manager Hayley Gardiner. "It will also add hydration to the area."

Try: 1. YSL Touche Éclat, $65: This must-have concealer uses YSL's famous formula, which works to erase the signs of fatigue and brighten the eye area.
2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $52: A makeup artist favourite, this concealer offers a lightweight finish that is buildable.

For redness

Opt for a CC cream as a base before you even start concealing. "This will colour correct the skin, minimising all redness while also calming the skin," says Estée Lauder's Gardiner. "Then you can apply concealer for extra cover as needed for a natural, barely-there skin look."

Try: 1. Natio Pure Mineral Concealer, $18.50: Enriched with minerals and botanicals, this is very nourishing and easy to blend.
2. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Crème, $122: This sheer shade works for almost everyone and gives an even tone.

For pimples

When you're covering up acne you don't want to think about reapplying throughout the day, so you need to invest in a heavy-duty concealer. Some people may worry about not letting the skin breathe; however, most modern formulations have ingredients that work to look after skin. One key consideration is what you're using to apply the product. Avoid applying product directly from the stick or tube to the infected area as this will work to spread the bacteria. Instead apply with a clean fingertip or a cotton bud and wash your hands afterwards.

Try: 1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Fruit Therapy Correcting Concealer, $30: The apricot tones help to lift your skin, while the raspberry extract speeds up your circulation. You're left with blemish-free, smoother, brighter looking skin.

  1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer, $55: A little goes a long way, making it perfect for disguising redness and spots.

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