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Makeup experts speak: How to conceal beauty flaws

Everyone has her flaws, and these makeup experts have made careers out of covering them up. These are their tips for putting your best face forward, no matter what.

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1Dark circles

Celebrity makeup artist Liz Pugh prefers yellow-toned concealers to counteract the blue and purple that we see in dark under-eye circles. She recommends choosing a concealer that’s one, maybe even two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to brighten the area. “If it appears too light, just blend a little of your foundation over the top,” she says.

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2Uneven skin tone

If you have dark spots or redness, the last thing you need to add is even more color, according to celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath. Choose a foundation as close to your natural skin tone as possible and apply it lightly. Follow up with a translucent powder to hold everything in place. She recommends a powder with yellow undertones if you’re trying to hide redness. She says yellow balances out redness and adds a healthy glow.

3Thin lashes

Wimpy lashes can leave your whole face needing something more. Makeup artist Charlotte Willer recommends you apply a dark black mascara to ensure you get it right. Start at the base of your lashes, where they meet the eyelids, and wiggle the wand left to right as you move it toward the tip of the lashes. Do this as many times as you need to get the look you want. “This will get in between your lashes for full, mega volume,” she says.

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Pimples are an embarrassing problem, but if you cover them right, no one needs to know they exist. McGrath recommends applying an oil-control foundation to the center of your face and blending outward. Follow it up with a yellow-toned concealer to the problem spot and finish it off with a powder to give your coverup some staying power. She cautions you to use a brush when covering up a blemish; bacteria on your hands can irritate the problem spot even more.

Replace your makeup sponges and wash your brushes every two weeks to prevent the growth of bacteria.


A little shine is a good thing, but too much just makes you look greasy. Pugh says you should powder only your T-zone so you tone down the shine but not your natural radiance. “This way, you’ll still get the radiance and dewiness from the cheeks and the rest of the face, but also a flawless finish on the T-zone, which can be unflattering if it looks greasy,” she says.

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