We know from experience that after a New Year's Eve party, the worst picture of you will be posted and tagged by some Facebook frememy. And since having one pic of us with an angry zit -accentuated by our bright red mini dress, btw-just floating around the internet is enough, here's how we're going to make sure it doesn't happen again this year. Follow these concealer tips from Linda Wells' book, Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor, and it won't happen to you either.
For Blemishes: Soak a Q-tip in Visine (or any anti-redness eye drops), then put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. When you take it out, hold it against the blemish for a minute to reduce redness and swelling. Let your skin air dry. Using a flat makeup brush with a head smaller than the blemish itself, dab a light layer of a cakey concealer on top and work the brush in a circular motion, blending slightly at the edges. Let it dry, then put on one more thin layer. Pat loose powder over the concealer, so it won't budge.
For Acne Scars: If the scar is pitted or depressed, choose a cakey concealer that's a shade lighter than your complexion, and use a pointed synthetic brush to fill in the center of the scar without going beyond its edges. If the scar is raised, use your finger to pat on a concealer that matches skin exactly. Wait a few minutes, then gently press loose powder over the scar a few times with a puff.
For Dark Circles: After dabbing on moisturizer or eye cream and waiting for it to sink in, press concealer into dark areas, using a flat synthetic brush. Start with the inside corners of the eyes and work downward, avoiding the skin right below the bottom lashes (where concealer can make eyes look smaller) and at the outer corners of the eyes (where it accentuates crow's feet). Gently blend the edges with the brush. Set it by patting a few times with a clean, damp sponge, then lightly press a powdered puff over the concealer. (For even more tips on disguising and treating dark circles, check out this Beauty 101 video.)
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