Ah, concealer. For the average woman it serves as the ultimate camouflaging agent for magically erasing imperfections. But, in the hands of a top makeup artist, concealer can be used for so much more. Curious to know? Take heed with what these celebrity makeup artists use it for. Trust us, you’ll be happy you did—we were!
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Sandy LitnerWorks with: Christie Brinkley, Bette Midler
“Use a heavy-duty concealer, like Dermablend, as an eye shadow base, or even as eye shadow.” dermablend.com
Works with: Lady Gaga
“Take concealer a shade lighter than your skin and highlight around your mouth to really get your lip liner to stand out and look sharp. My favorite concealers to do this with are NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) and Sisley Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer ($107). You can also use them under your eyes and brows and down the bridge of your nose to highlight and brighten.”
Works with: Smashbox Cosmetics
Taylor-Davis, global PRO lead artist for Smashbox Cosmetics, says that concealer can be used for so much more than covering up spots and redness. “It’s great to use on your browline to conceal any stray hairs, as well as define and visually lift your brows.” We recommend Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer ($25).
Works with: Liv Tyler and Hilary Swank
Monson, who’s also the national celebrity makeup artist for Guerlain, says that when applying concealer under your eyes, put it on in the shape of a V instead of a half moon. “This gives your eyes a more lifted look.” Our picks? Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer and Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator ($52).
Works with: Chloe Sevigny, Demi Moore, Cindy Crawford and Kristen Bell
“Use a concealer pen like Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo ($49) as a natural-looking alternative to strobing. Chose a color two to three shades lighter than your skin tone and brush it onto the high points of your face. Then, gently tap and roll with your fingers to blend it in.”