By now, you've probably figured out that most makeup products can work double-duty on our faces – which is especially good to know on the first day of autumn, when we're feeling a little lazy case of the fall blues. Cheek stains double as lip pigment, and brown eyeshadow helps fill in our brows – and our hairline. But there's another tube in our makeup bags that could do so much more than we ever expected it too: concealer.
That's right. Our trusty zit and undereye circle concealer has many other uses, believe it or not. So, to help you make the most of your products, Get The Look is showing you 4 makeup techniques that turn your old cover-up into a highlighter, brow accent, lip definer, and more. Who doesn't love a good multitasker?
MAKEUP TIPS: 4 DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE CONCEALER
If you haven't got around to getting your hands on L'Oreal's Infallible Pro Contour Kit just yet, your concealer will work just fine as a replacement for highlighter. Make sure you're using a formula that's about two shades lighter than your skin tone for this to work.
Start off with your contour powder. Find your cheekbones, and slide the pigment just below them in a downward motion. Next, apply your concealer. It should create a halo effect around your eyes. Use your fingers to pat it on along the tops of your cheekbones, as well. Then, bring it up until it reaches just above the tip of your eyebrows. A concealer with a radiant aspect to it will help attract the light, which will give even more of a 'real' highlighting effect.
Move onto your nose, swiping your concealer in a downward motion on the bridge of your nose, to the tip. Then, blend the concealer into the skin and into the contour formula that you place on both sides of your nose. Blur the edges slightly so that they're less noticeable, but still visible.
ON YOUR BROWS
Thanks to supermodels like Cara Delevingne, the fashion and beauty world's focus on bold brows isn't going anywhere. Unfortunately, not all of us are endowed with a pumped-up pair of arches, but thanks to concealer, there is a way to subtly enhance what nature (and a brow pencil) gave you.
Start off by filling in your brows as you would normally with a brow gel or pencil. This will help guide where you'll place your concealer. Next, sweep on the concealer. It should start in the inner corners of your eyes and extend to the tips of your brows. This will immediately open up your eyes and give your brows a clean edge that will make them appear fuller.
AROUND YOUR LIPS
Your cheeks and nose aren't the only facial features you can contour. If you strategically place your concealer around your lips, and throw on a bold hue, you can make your pout stand out more than usual for a fuller look.
Start off by placing some concealer in the corners of your mouth, on the Cupid's bow, and in the dimple under your lip. Blend all of these together, then simply swipe on your bold lipstick and you've created a pout that can match Kylie Jenner's!
TO ENHANCE BOLD LIPS AND A GLAM SMOKY EYE
If you really want your concealer to work overtime, use it to enhance your lipstick colour and your smoky eye, adding up to one bold makeup look. Start off by applying concealer that is the same colour as your skin onto your lips. This will allow you to completely blank out your lips so that the colour you choose will be brighter and more true. Then, simply apply a lipstick colour of your choice and just like that you'll have lips that look exactly like the colour in your tube.
Next, sweep on your grey or black smoky eye. Focus the pigment along the lower lashline and in the crease of your lids, but keep it off the lid itself. Next, use a concealer pencil and start by sketching it into the corner of your eye, and then over your lid so it fills the space between your lashline and the shadow you just applied. Sweep on some mascara for the final touch and you'll have one red carpet-ready look!