The £5.99 concealer Abbey Clancy's make-up artist loves!

Published Monday, Jan 19 2015, 19:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
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Want to know how the likes of Abbey Clancy, Miranda Kerr and the X Factor starlets staying looking flawless?

I grilled their make-up artists for their best blemish-hiding tricks and eye bag-busting tips. Plus, my testers put over 20 concealers through their paces. Check out the five that came out top!

Abbey Clancy at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014 London held at Earl's Court - Arrivals, 2 Dec 2014

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Abbey's make-up artist reveals his secrets

'HOW TO HIDE A SPOT' by Abbey Clancy's make-up artist Jose Bass

1. Choose a thick, matte formula then 'use a clean, small brush to precisely dab it onto the spot,' says Jose. Those designed for eye shadow often work best - try Crown Precision Pencil Brush, £4.39.

2. 'With warm fingers, press the concealer into the skin then use the same brush to seamlessly blend the edges with fine, feather-like strokes.'

3. 'Finish by gently applying a touch of loose powder to flatten the raised spot,' he reveals. Jose rates M.A.C Blot Powder Loose, £20.50.

Miranda Kerr - Elle Japan December Cover Party, Tokyo, Japan - 13 Nov 2013

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Julia Carta, who's worked with Miranda Kerr (pictured), reveals how to hide bags

'HOW TO DISGUISE EYE BAGS' by X Factor make-up artist Julia Carta

1. 'Get to work on puffiness straight away using an eye cream like Beautylab London Instant Renewal Eye Complex, £27.50. Tap it on using your ring finger - don't drag - starting at the outer corner of your eye and working in,' says Julia who's also worked with Miranda Kerr.

2. Thought under-eye concealer should be shimmery? Wrong! 'Light-reflecting products actually draw more attention to puffiness,' Julia explains. 'Go for a yellow-toned concealer (to cancel out grey shadows) and for an extra brightening effect, go one shade lighter than your natural skin colour.'

3. 'Apply little dots in a triangle shape under your eyes. Don't forget the inner corners right next to your nose where it tends to be darkest.'

4. 'Use your ring finger to blend. Skip heavy powder afterwards as it will sit in creases and fine lines,' she reveals.


From new launches to classics, priced between £1 and £25, we put 23 concealers through their paces. Here's the five that couldn't be beaten.

Clarins Instant Concealer, £21

Clarins Instant Concealer, £21
This knocks out puffiness and dark circles in one hit with a dewy finish that makes your whole face look fresher. 'It melted into my skin, had a fab brightening effect and lasted a whole 9 hour day,' raves our tester.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer, £5.99

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer, £5.99
Make-up artist Jose (above) has his pick of pricey products but it's this affordable buy that gets his vote. Our tester loved it as well - 'it's fantastic at hiding spots, and a little goes a long way,' she says.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, £7.99

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, £7.99
A skin-smoothing finish and oil-free formula make this ideal for banishing redness around your nose or chin. It didn't go cakey at all and 'worked as well as concealers costing double the price,' says our tester.

M.A.C Matchmaster Concealer, £17

M.A.C Matchmaster Concealer, £17
Many of the concealers in our test were let down by a disappointing shade range but M.A.C caters for everyone with this new 12-hue line. Our reviewer was wowed by its staying power, great coverage and creamy texture too.

Vichy Dermablend Corrector Stick, £15

Vichy Dermablend Corrector Stick, £15
Birthmarks, tattoos, rosacea, acne scars - nothing gets past this! Despite its erasing powers, it doesn't go cakey as long as you moisturise properly first. Definitely worth trying if ordinary concealers don't cut it for you.

What's your favourite concealer? Tell us below as the best comment from across the site each week wins £50!