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Q: Where can I get a good concealer and how do I apply it?

A: A good concealer in a shade that matches your skintone can really help with dark circles, red areas or veins, blemishes, freckles, or anything else you want to cover. You'll want to choose the formula that is best for the specific area you are trying to conceal. Here's a handy guide:

For blemishes, you want a stick or thicker cream formula with a smooth finish that doesn't look cakey or thick. These types usually work the best because of their staying power. I recommend Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Stila "face" concealer, Bobbi Brown Professional Concealer or Foundation Stick, and Garden Botanika Stick Foundation. Apply the concealer with a small, clean makeup brush, dabbing a small amount of concealer on the blemish until it is covered. Use a very gentle touch, and do not rub or over-blend. Once it is covered, apply a thin layer of loose powder over the concealer to "lock" it in.

For everything else including dark undereye circles, spider veins, small freckles, or whatever you want to hide, you can choose from a variety of concealers to suit your taste, from liquid to cream to stick.

As with blemishes, the harder the spot is to cover, the more precise and gentle you'll want to be with your application. For severe undereye circles (dark blue or purple), a medium weight cream tends to stay put and resist creasing better than a liquid. Apply the concealer only to the very dark areas, and blend gently with a few finger taps.

For small red spots, veins, and such, experiment with the different textures to see which works best for you. I like using a semi-creamy product applied with a small makeup brush for just about everything, but you might find a liquid with a sponge applicator is your favorite. A few more brands I like are BeneFit Boi-ing, Stila "eye", Jane No Show, Maybelline Great Wear, and Estee Lauder Uncircle.

Make sure that any concealer you buy is in a color that matches your skin color as closely as possible. You will get the most natural look this way, and it blends more easily if you ever wear the concealer alone without foundation.


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