Ask any makeup guru and they’ll tell you (next to sunscreen) their one go-to is concealer. The handy little tool can cover up zits, hide under eye circles, and even out skin tone in a snap. But in addition to its traditional uses, concealer can be used in a number of weird and downright obscure beauty hacks. From hiding unwanted eyebrow hairs to creating fuller-appearing lips, concealer is a magical makeup tool. We chatted with some top makeup artists and a model to get their tips for weird ways to use concealer.
For the eyes
“I’d like to use a concealer to highlight the high lid and all around the eye brows,” says Kristine Cruz, hairstylist and makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon in New York City. “It will mask any newly grown hairs and will give the eyebrows back a fresh shape between tweezing appointments.”
“Using a fluffy brush, apply a long-wearing concealer on the eye lid to provide a great base for an opaque shadow look,” says Ashlee Glazer, celebrity makeup artist at Pucker in New York City. “Long wearing concealer is a good base for shadow but don’t glob it on! A fluffy brush will soften the amount you deposit to the eye and give sheer coverage to the lid.”
“When I want to achieve fuller-looking lips, I use a matte lipstick of any color, and with the tip of my finger, add a small amount of concealer at the center on my lips using a blotting motion to create a 3-D look,” says Cruz. “Applying concealer all over your lips before you apply lipstick can change the shade of a lipstick,” she adds.
“Take a Q-tip with a lighter shade of concealer to clean around the edges [of the lips] for sharper lipstick and [to] make lips look fuller,” says Glazer.
For the face
“Concealer can be used for highlighting above upper cheekbone and above the brow,” says Carmen Williamson, makeup artist at Joanna Czech Dallas. “Use for light contouring. Apply to upper cheeks bone above to jawbone. Simple easy sculpting.”
“You can also use concealers that are darker than your shade for contouring the face. I use the trick to enhance my cheekbones and nose,” says Bryant.
“Mix a little concealer with a luminous, pearly moisturizer for a quick pick me up at the end of the day,” says Glazer.
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