Concealer is a miracle product — provided it's used correctly. There's a lot to consider when choosing one. The wrong shade? Prepare for raccoon eyes. Makeup artists used to recommend going one shade lighter than your foundation, but that advice is outdated. These days they advise choosing one that’s an exact color match to your skin tone and applying it after foundation (chances are you’ll need less). "Concealer is the accessory to your foundation," says Mathew Nigara, a makeup artist for NYC New York Color.
A creamy consistency is also crucial. What you use to cover renegade zits is too thick and will only emphasize undereye fissures. Apply concealer sparingly and use the ring finger to pat it in. The heat from your skin will help it melt seamlessly, and minimize tugging to this (ahem) wrinkle-prone area.
Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift Concealer, $38, available at Nordstrom; Almay Wake-Up Undereye Concealer, $8.99, available at Soap.com; Benefit Erase Paste, $26, available at Benefit.
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