By Debbie Jean of realwomenmakeup.comconcealer

As a make‐up artist I have found brides want to know the secret behind creating a lasting look for their wedding make‐up, especially when it comes to eye make‐up. Few brides realise that it is in fact the concealer that is the key to a lasting finish.


Concealer is such an important step in professional make‐up application. It is used to conceal dark circles under the eyes and it covers sunspots, blemishes, areas of pigmentation, scars, and red cheeks, chin and noses.

Use concealer if you want to:

  • Achieve a fresher more youthful appearance
  • Create a base for your eye shadow
  • Cover obvious blemishes on your skin

Eye shadow is not designed to be applied onto skin, it simply will not blend or last. Concealer is the key to providing a blended and lasting finish.
Conceal over your eyelids, through the crease of your eyes and on the dark circles under your eyes. Follow this step with loose powder ‐ applied with a powder puff in a firm pressing action, to set the concealer for a lasting finish.

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes pigmented and looks tired, either turning pinky/red on a light skin or on a darker skins the eye area becomes even darker. Concealer knocks out the discoloration around the eye area and the eyes look more awake and younger.

When purchasing a concealer look for a cream textured concealer. It’s sold in a tub, rather than a stick or wand. The stick (like a lipstick container) concealer is to hard and can make the surface of your eyes look older by caking into the fine lines. A liquid concealer is usually sold in a wand type applicator with a sponge on top. It blends away and creates little or no base for your eye shadow to adhere to. A creamy textured concealer will create a suitable surface for your loose powder and eye shadow to adhere to, which in turn will create an amazing lasting make‐up finish.

Eye primer or concelear?

Eye primers are quick to apply and are relatively new on the market making them a popular choice. However, eye primers provide very little coverage over the eyes and therefore they don’t freshen the skin on the eye surface. If you use the correct creamy textured concealer, it will provide suitable coverage and a base for your eye shadow, making it the perfect choice!

Test your concealer and powder over your eyes a few days before your wedding, to make sure you don’t experience any discomfort or allergic reactions.

If you are a mature bride avoid applying to much concealer under your eyes towards the laughter lines – the more make‐up you apply onto a lined area the older you will look. If concealer is applied correctly over the eye lids and through the create area it should actually make your eyes look younger not older.

Make sure you carry your concealer in your hand bag to touch up after the ceremony – you never know if you are going to cry and you may need to touch up under your eyes.

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Click on this link to view an example of just how much impact concealer really has:

To read more information on applying your bridal make‐up look, visit my make‐up website you will find detailed notes and images on wedding make‐up.

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