5 Surprising Ways to Use Concealer That Will Take Years Off Your Face

One thing we often hear from makeup artists is, "Pretty skin makes everything else look pretty too," and we couldn't agree more. One of the main tools you need to pull it off? Concealer, and it's no longer just for covering dark circles. Here are five easy ways to use cover-up that can take years off your face.

Use it as a highlighter.
"Applying concealer under your eyes in a deep V shape from the inner corner to the outer corner will not only cover dark circles, but also brighten and highlight the cheek area," says celebrity makeup artist Jenny Patinkin. "I generally prefer to use a soft concealer brush in a light, swirling motion to get an airbrushed effect, but tapping it on with your fingers is OK as well because your body heat helps to melt the product into your skin. If you go the fingers route, just be careful not to stretch or tug at the delicate skin around your eyes as you apply."

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Go full-coverage.
"As skin matures, broken capillaries can sneak up and give your skin a 'ruddy' or red appearance," says Kelli J. Bartlett, GLAMSQUAD director of makeup artistry. "Switch to a full-coverage concealer that is thicker in texture but blends seamlessly into skin. My favorite is Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, which is perfect for targeting redness on the cheeks and around the nose." It may feel like you have more makeup on, but the result is smoother, softer skin that looks more youthful.

Expert Tip: Before you can reap the benefits concealer has to offer, you have to find the right shade. Two things Patinkin says to keep in mind: For dark circles, look for a concealer that's a little lighter than your foundation; for covering blemishes and discoloration, the color of your concealer should be identical to that of your foundation, or a tiny bit darker.

Apply it to your eyelids. 
Many concealer formulas also work great as eye shadow primers and work double-duty to hide discolored eyelids, which tend to show more redness and hints of purple as skin thins with age.

Look for a combo formula.
If you've noticed your skin has lost its youthful luster, but highlighters are too much for you, Bartlett suggests trying a brightening concealer that delivers two anti-aging benefits in one formula. "It will not only cover dark circles, but also add glow to your skin," she adds. Her picks: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer ($24) and Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir ($25). 

Stop just short of your lash line.
Patinkin says concealer should never be applied all the way up to your lower lash line and be in contact with the roots of your lashes. "It wipes out the natural shading and makes your eyes look smaller, which can age you. Always leave a couple of millimeters unconcealed."