Want luminous, glowing skin this summer, with barely-there, understated make-up just like the latest runway beauty looks from New York Fashion Week? Honey, you’re going to need a good concealer. Being fair-skinned and prone to the dreaded dark circles, I can never leave the house without first applying concealer. Here are some of the latest and greatest ones to try, beauties. Shop to it!
Three times a lady: Brisbane-based natural cosmetics and mineral make-up brand, Bare Blossom, is a small but mighty one to watch. Formulated for use by most skin types (including allergy prone), this organic skincare and make-up range doesn’t contain any of the common “nasties” found in some big-name beauty brands. I’m a big fan of Bare Blossom’s Mineral Cream Concealers, $25 each, which you apply after foundation, to banish blemishes, spots and dark circles. Pictured here in natural beige, true tan and green, this hard-working trio will do the trick, trust me. I love the products’ creamy texture and good coverage. Natural beige is perfect for light skin tones, the darker true tan is good for covering pigmentation and the funky green one, believe it or not, corrects red blemishes including rosacea, pimples and acne (pictured below, left to right). Magic! To order, visit www.bareblossom.com.au.
Animal instincts: Grrr like a tiger this spring/summer with this divine, new limited edition leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector, $57. This baby also comes in a bejewelled version, just to liven up your make-up kit. The original, and still arguably one of the best, high-end, luxury pen concealers, this moisturising and ultra-fluid emulsion promises to eliminate shadows from the side of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the hollow of the chin and expression lines. In just one click, it embellishes the eye area, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you’ve been up all night, dancing on tables until 3am (half your luck). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Mineral magic: I’m a huge Issada fan and I adore the Brisbane beauty brand’s new Mineral Heal And Conceal Anti-Aging Skin Perfecting Concealer, $45. It’s a big product name with results to match – it’s like a secret weapon for a flawless complexion! This baby is the ultimate blemish-blitzing, scar-healing, redness-reducing, line-diffusing, eye-brightening skin treatment. It comes in a creamy, self-adjusting mineral pigment which easily melts into the skin. And there’s nothing better than a concealer that’s invisible. What’s more, it’s enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, rosemary, shea butter and more goodness. Use a lighter shade under eyes, a deeper shade for facial blemishes, and blend shades for in-between tans or on trans-seasonal skin tones. Find Issada at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com.
Walk the line: If you’re looking for good bang for your buck, and don’t like spending a fortune on make-up basics, the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $36, is a good mid-budget option. This concealer minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the eye area, and can be used anywhere on the face that needs concealing: eyes, your outer lip line and spot areas on the face. A liquid concealer with moderate coverage, it can be used over or under make-up. I find this one is very effective on my dark circles and a little goes a long way. Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Make like a pro: The Lancome Le Eye Corrector Pro, $55, will conceal dark circles and dullness faster than the speed of light (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). I like the professional feel of this concealer palette which brightens the eyes, leaving skin more supple and radiant. You can also use it to conceal all manner of skin imperfections such as my slight skin pigmentation which I’m still sporting thanks to my recent pregnancies (damn children). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.