This Concealer Hack Changed My Face



There are certain makeup tips and methods that, while great in theory, are just a bit too involved unless you have a glam squad at your beck and call and a red carpet to prepare for. Example: I simply do not have the time nor the will to contour my face on a daily basis. Nope, I prefer game-changing hacks that require minimal product and even less time. A tall order? Not in the case of my go-to concealer tip.

A few fashion weeks ago, I observed a makeup artist dabbing some concealer around a model's nose. I was struck by how much this tiny action "woke up" her face, but I also kind of shrugged it off because she was a model, and he was a makeup artist, and I am a mere mortal. But a couple of days later when I was engaging in my daily struggle—attempting to diminish my might-as-well-be-tattooed dark circles—I remembered that little tip and figured I might as well give it a try. I smoothed on a bit of concealer on the dark area around my nostrils and along my nasolabial folds and blinked in astonishment at the reflection in the mirror. It was like finding a missing puzzle piece: I had erased all the tiredness and premature aging from my face. It was still me, but an airbrushed, spritely looking version.