A Big Cover Up

Throughout my teenage years I had exactly 9 spots. They were usually around the side of my nose and they’d show up once a year. In what feels like a cruel hormonal twist of fate, I get way more spots as an adult than I did back then. I’ve learnt to cover them pretty effectively with foundation and concealer. The key is to apply a very thin layer of foundation to even out the general tone of the skin and then attack any blemishes with clever concealing.

All concealers are not created equal and it’s taken me a fair amount of trial and error to ferret out the best products. One of the most overrated concealers, in my opinion, is Touche Éclat by YSL. It’s often used under the eyes to cover up dark circles, but I find it has an ashy tone that exacerbates the problem. Clinique Airbrush concealer is more effective and cheaper to boot. Another great under eye concealer is Instant Concealer by Clarins.

For zits and blemishes, thicker concealers are best. I swear by Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, but Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer kit is also good. These are all on the expensive end of the spectrum but Boujois Healthy Mix and Revlon’s Colour Stay are great, wallet friendly, all rounders. For serious, heavy duty cover, Vichy Dermablend is a fail safe. Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer and Cover FX Custom Cover drops are a more expensive, but worth the investment. The beauty of these last three products is that they can be mixed into moisturiser to custom make a tinted moisturiser, or added to foundation to increase existing coverage.

Clockwise from top left: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer , Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, Clinique Airbrush Concealer, Revlon Colour Stay Concealer, Bourjois Healthy Mix Eclat, Clarins Instant Concealer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.