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    Wink Concealing spots: Expert tips

    Believe it or not, most of us who try and conceal spots actually end up making them look worse. Top make-up artists Ariane Poole and Virginia Nichols guide you through the fool-proof way to cover a spot so you'll look like you have clear, sparkly skin. Read their top tips below:

    Less is more: Too much concealer can look worse than none at all. Practise in natural daylight – and with the right equipment.

    A foolproof application method: Apply a tiny dab of toner to the spot to dry up any excess oil in the area - this will prevent the concealer sticking. Next, apply your foundation as normal. Finally apply a concealer in exactly the same shade as your foundation - ideally a medicated product like Clarins Concealer Plus Corrector, £14 - directly on to the spot. Blend this outwards from the spot (not touching the area that needs full coverage), then apply powder as normal.

    To help dry out the spot quicker: Use a specific spot concealer with anti-bacterial ingredients; try The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cover Stick (£3.95). However, don't apply straight from the tube or you risk infecting the product. Place it on the back of your hand instead, then apply to the spot with a cotton bud, which you can throw away when you're finished.

    If you wear foundation: Always apply concealer over spots and blemishes afterwards, not before. Too much make-up on the skin is ageing, and this way you only use what you need and so use a lot less.

    If you don't wear foundation: You'll get a more flawless, but natural-looking, finish if you use a tiny bit of concealer on a brush just to paint out minor blemishes or marks.

    If a spot or blemish is red: Add a tiny bit of green concealer first to take down the redness - but not too much or else it will look grey - dab a small bit of covering concealer on top, then dust over a little translucent powder.

    The most common mistake: Picking the spot first to make it smaller. Concealer will not stick to the skin if it is wet so all this does is create a sticky, crusty blob. Instead, put the concealer on the spot but don't rub it in as this actually wipes off 90% of the coverage.

    Decide on your target area: Don't use the same concealer on a spot that you do on your eyes. Spots and blemishes need a drier product that stays in place and ideally has anti-bacterial properties; the eye area needs a more moisturising consistency that moves with your skin. If you do try using one product for everything, you could find that an undereye concealer may aggravate a spot, and an anti-bacterial concealer used around the eyes may cause sensitivity.

    See also
    How to fake flawless skin
    How to beat bad skin habits
    Last edited by MaryJane; April 1st, 2006 at 08:17 AM.

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