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Concealer is the unsung hero of your make-up bag. Not only brilliant at hiding blemishes, it can also make you look younger & fresher!

But the plethora of pens, pencils, pots, sticks and compacts can be confusing. And for some of us the orange looking, cakey formulations we encountered in our youth means we’re still sidelining them. Don’t. The new formulations and application technology in modern concealers mean it’s easy than ever to look like you just got subtly airbrushed. Here’s how.

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Pens for shadows. A click pen with a fluid formulation is brilliant for counteracting shadowy areas under the eyes. Draw a line where the colour is deepest (usually from the inner corner of the eye down and across towards the cheek) and then tap colour in with your ring finger to blend. Make-up artist Ruby Hammer also uses a pen concealer on her marionette lines to make them less prominent.
We like By Terry Touch-Expert Advanced, £32 and Clinique Airbrush Concealer, £18.

Pencils for blemishes. Pencils have lots of densely packed pigment, are quick, portable and great for covering spots and flaws. Just remember it’s very important to get an accurate colour here (you may need different products for summer and winter). You can either use the point of the pencil or a small brush for pinpoint accuracy. If you want to conceal larger patches you can stripe the colour onto the chosen area then blend with fingertips. We like Nudestix Skin Concealer Pen, £24 and Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, £12.

Palettes for redness and pigmentation. Make-up artists love a multi shade palettes because you can customize the colour exactly to your skin tone. Used cleverly this can be genius, but be warned the solid formulation requires more blending work. Use a largish brush (try Mac for foundation brushes) to cover wider areas of redness or pigmentation or a smaller brush (like an eyeliner brush) to cover spots. We like Lancome’s Le Correcteur Pro, £29 or Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, £26.50.


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