Ugh, concealer. Yes, that’s kind of how we feel about the whole concealing business. Because even though a swipe of concealer can totally transform the shadows of our face into that of a glowing, ethereal cherub, more often than not, our concealer instead settles into every itty bitty crease and line under our eyes, illuminates dry patches, and then magically disappears by lunch time. And then we’re stuck with the same blah, dark circles we woke up with. Fun, right?
Which is why we wrangled our very favorite makeup artist, Ashleigh Ciucci, and begged her to show us exactly how to apply concealer like the pros, using only the best concealers and the best powders to get the most long-lasting, shadow-disgusing results. And, yes, Ciucci delivered. So, behold, a three-step tutorial for covering up dark circles and brightening that even makeup beginners can follow. Oh, and did we mention the how-to is entirely in gifs? Yeah, you’re going to like this. Click through to see the steps, and get blending!
Photographer: Tory Rust
Model: Rachel Besser
Makeup: Ashleigh Ciucci
Hair: Akihisa Yamaguchi
STEP 1: Draw your guidelines
A super-common concealing mistake is only applying your concealer to the half-moon arc beneath your eye (a.k.a. directly over your dark circles), which ends up calling attention to your shadows, rather than lightening up your entire face. Instead, using a small concealer brush, like the E.l.f. #1821 or the Ulta Concealer Brush, or the applicator wand of your concealer, draw two sides of an inverted triangle beneath your eye with a hydrating, creamy concealer. Don't connect the lines or fill in the middle, or you'll leave the area looking heavy and cakey.
PRODUCTS TO TRY:
1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30; at Nars
2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $6.99; at Ulta
3. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $27; at Laura Mercier
STEP 3: Set it
To keep your concealer from sliding off or settling into fine lines by noon, lightly set the concealer with a dusting of translucent powder. Just dip a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush, like the Sigma E40 or the Anastasia #23, into loose powder, tap off the excess, and softly sweep and swirl the brush over your under-eye triangle until completely blended.
PRODUCTS TO TRY:
1. NYX Studio Finishing Powder, $10; at NYX
2. Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder, $25; at Sephora
3. No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder, $13; at Ulta