You've Been Applying Your Concealer All Wrong

According to Beyoncé's MUA, Sir John.
You've Been Applying Your Concealer All Wrong

Cosmo recently had the pleasure of chatting to the man, the makeup artist, the legend: Sir John. For those of you that don't know his work, Sir John has painted some of the most prestigious faces in the game, including Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn.

Propelled into fame by Charlotte Tilbury after introducing him to Beyoncé, she loved him so much that she requested him to become her personal MUA. Yep, those killer makeup looks you've seen B rocking, they're courtesy of John.


During our time with Sir John he imparted much of his makeup wisdom onto us, but there were a few things we really took home, mainly because they were mistakes we've been making...

You're using too much concealer

If you suffer from dark circles, you're probably piling it on in an attempt to hide the discolouration. Unfortunately, this can actually draw more attention to the area, rather than camouflage it, as Sir John explains: "Taking your concealer, laying it on thick and dragging it underneath your eyes is one of the worst things you can do because you don't need that much product. Instead just take the applicator and dot it on, less is always more."

You're applying it wrong

In his demonstration, Sir John used a fluffy brush to buff the concealer into the skin and then pressed in any remaining product with his ring finger. "You need to think about how you're holding your brush, your grip should be further down, towards the end, not near the top. If you're using your index finger, you're doing it wrong, it's too strong, so it won't give a uniform finish. Lightly tap using your ring finger, you'll apply much less pressure."


You're using the wrong formula

If natural makeup is your thing, you might have invested in a lightweight, sheer concealer, which you're packing on when trying to cover blemishes and dark circles. This is actually the opposite of what you should do. "Go for a fuller coverage concealer but use a lighter application. This will give you the coverage you need without using too much product," explains Sir John. "I love L'Oreal's Infallible Longwear More Than Concealer, the texture is super creamy, it's pliable and gives massive coverage."

You're only using one shade

We hate to break it to you, but if you only have one shade of concealer, you're falling at the first hurdle. John suggests always having two foundations and two concealers, because your skin isn't one uniform colour. Makes sense.

You're using pressed powder

"Make sure you don’t use pressed powder! I don't bake - baking is the one trend I want to see go away. Don’t be afraid to layer, if I want to give someone maximum coverage without creasing, I would use the concealer, then put a little bit of loose powder on top and then go back in with a bit more concealer, so there's two layers or product."

Cosmo UK