How to conceal anything

The secret formulas from makeup artist and beauty staff.

Tip:
“The first time I use this I got one of those great ‘You look super well-rested’ compliments – that alone was enough to make me loyal.”

Olivia Villanti
Associate Online Fashion Editor

Product:
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat – $40

Tip:
“Bye Bye Under Eye on the sides of my nose and on my chin completely takes away the red. And for breakouts, Fresh Umbrian Clay is amazing.”

Andrea Linett
Creative Director

Product:
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer – $24
Fresh Umbrian Clay Absolute – $22

Tip:
Conceal with Powder
“Believe it or not, these two powders are a brilliant substitute for concealer: Sweep the white in the inner corners of the eyes and the browbones with an eyeshadow brush – then mix the gold with the white and dust under eyes and across cheekbones. It sounds crazy but it’s really pretty.”

Dick Page
Shiseido Makeup Artistic Director

Product:
Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Face Color in High Beam White and Soft Beam Gold – $30 each

Tip:
Moisturize
“Make sure to use formulas with built-in hydrating ingredients – they keep concealer from looking heavy or cakey. And not only can you blend better and create a smooth, natural finish, but the added moisture is good for your skin.”

Pat McGrath
Cover Girl Creative Design Director

Product:
Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer – $11

Tip:
“I use Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer – but for dark circles. It’s a big fat crayon that goes on light and is virtually idiot-proof.”

Regan Solmo
Managing Editor

Product:
Rimmel London Hide The Blemish Concealer – $5

Tip:
“Nothing is better than Benefit Erase Paste: Instead of dark circles, I have small dark spots under my eyes that make me look like I haven’t slept in months. Erase Paste is perfect to dab on directly, leaving the rest of the area alone. And a little Cargo Eye Lighter on my inner lids leaves me looking awake and alert.”

Susan Linney
Research Chief

Product:
Cargo Eye Lighter – $20
Benefit Erase Paste – $26

Tip:
“Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer fights breakouts while covering them. I dot the pen a few times on redness and little outside the red and then blot with my finger. Under my eyes, I use this five-shade palette.”

Jacqueline Nasser
Online Fashion Editor

Product:
Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette in No. 2 – $36
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer – $10

Tip:
“Foundation as concealer works for darker skin: MAC Studio Fix in the winter, Maybelline mineral liquid for summer. Sometimes I combine the two.”

Ericka Goodman
Associate Credits Editor

Product:
Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation – $26
Maybeline New York Mineral Power Liquid Foundation – $10

Tip:
Under-eye Circles
“Do a one-two punch: First, apply a light, pink-based concealer to neutralize green or blue tones; it’ll brighten. Layer a yellow-toned concealer that’s one or two shades lighter than your foundation over the top to cover remaining darkness. Blend, then set with sheer loose yellow-toned powder.”

Bobbi Brown
Founder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Product:
Bobbie Brown Corrector – $22

Tip:
“Depending on the tanness level of my skin, I mix two different shades of Trish McEvoy concealer. And I once got a makeup lesson from Trish herself: She taught me to use only my ring finger – never your pointer – to dab, dot and blend.”

Elizabeth Wallace
Deputy Director

Product:
Trish McEvoy Flawless Concealer Pen – $36

Tip:
“To cover anything invisibly, I dab on Smashbox primer, then Bobbi Brown Corrector, then Sheer Cover concealer. The primer makes it so the other two don’t gather in the little wrinkles under my eyes.”

Rebecca Aronson
Associate Accessories Editor

Product:
Sheer Cover Concealer – $25
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation – $36
Bobbie Brown Corrector – $22

Tip:
Beyond Concealer
“Highlighting your browbones takes the attention away from beneath your eyes; it immediately wake you up.”

Joanna Schlip
Physicians Formula Celebrity Makeup Artist

Product:
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Concealer In Natural Light and Pink Highlighter – $10 each

Tip:
“This is great for covering zits, as it doesn’t move. I use a tiny concealer brush from MAC and dust on translucent powder to set.”

Eleaner Strauss
Senior Fashion Editor

Product:
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage – $28

Tip:
Mister Light is somehow super simple and professional grade all at once – equally fantastic for blemishes and undereye circles. And when I want to look particularly young and happy, I put a little at the outer corners of my eyes. With the barest bit of glimmer, it miraculously brightens my entire face.”

Meredith Kahn Rollins
Executive Editor

Product:
Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen – $32

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