Ask any beauty guru what their go-to item is and chances are their answer would be concealer. The little tube of magic does wonders where dark circles, surprise blemishes and any sign of a late night are concerned. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ve rounded up some of the most unexpected ways you can actually use your favourite little lifesaver for:
#1 For a fuller pout
An instant lip plump without needles, shot glasses (#kyliejennerlipchallenge) or derma-rollers? Count us in. Apply a small amount of concealer to the centre of your top and bottom lips and blend. This will add dimension for a fuller pout. Add a touch of lip gloss over and you’re good to go.
#2 To clean up makeup mistakes
When going for that flawless winged eyeliner look, one wrong move could throw you totally off balance. For those without steady hands or killer precision, fret no more. Use some concealer with a small angled brush to clean up any imperfections or smudges. You won’t have to start from scratch ever again.
The same goes for your lips. Trade your lip liner for concealer and outline your pout after applying lipstick for a polished finish. Doing this also prevents your lipstick from feathering, even hours after application.
#3 To prime your eyelids
We all know the importance of prepping our eyelids before going for that smoky eye, but if you don’t have any eyeshadow primer or are all out, this one’s for you. Whip out your concealer and dab it on your eyelids, like you would with a regular eyeshadow primer. This not only stops your eyeshadow from creasing, but also can make your eyeshadow hue appear more vivid.
#4 For strobing
Strobing uses solely natural light and a highlighter to achieve that wearable and healthy glow. Apply a dewy concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone, on areas that “hit the light” – such as your Cupid’s bow, the high of your cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Blend well and you’ll get instant Gigi Hadid vibes.
#5 To shape eyebrows
Use a small thin brush or your fingers to run the concealer just below the arch of your eyebrow. Follow the brow shape as tightly as possible and blend thoroughly. You’ll find this accentuates the arch, instantly “lifting” the brow. When time isn’t on your side, this trick works wonders for hiding stray brow hairs in between threading sessions, too.
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