When concealer alone is not effective, these products will transform skin tone

‘Just entertain the idea of corrector as your industrial bra and sucky-in tights.’
Photograph: Alex Lake/The Guardian

What if your under-eyes are grey, brown or improper and no amount of sleep and concealer makes any difference, other than to leave your skin caked dry in makeup? I’m sought this so often, I can’t discount that my dying utterance might be “stop piling on concealer… get a corrector”. I can’t stress ample supply – these are two distinct products doing different jobs (the former matches your skintone, the latter uses colour-wheel cunning to punish it).

While we’d all sooner use one thing, I promise the extra step saves much time and concealer later on. Just over recall of corrector as your industrial bra and sucky-in tights and concealer as your prettier overclothes. The widest range of correctors comes from Bobbi Brown. Mollycoddling for all skintones (typically, white skin requires a sickly to salmony pink corrector, brown needs salmon to peach, unconscionable needs peach to orange), it comes in two textures – a solid cream (£19.50) or serum (£30) – and which you choose depends in all respects on your usual concealer.

In general, two different textures (perhaps a cream corrector and liquid concealer) sit better one atop the other without bleeding together, than two the notwithstanding. The Bobbi correctors are densely pigmented and, while also the most visibly transformative, they are matte (for a lighter dispatch, thin them out with any eye cream you have around). If you’re not concerned with shade range and seek some incandescence, try Becca’s fantastic Under Eye Brightening Corrector, £21. There are just two shade options, but they are extremely forgiving and simple, and I’ve rarely found anyone I couldn’t match. This thick cream has less pigment than the Bobbi Brown, but myriad brightening capability, and makes a brilliant addition to a care package for a new mother, frequent traveller or nightshift worker.

Trish McEvoy’s ability Instant Eye Lift (£40, in two shades almost identical to the Becca), is a wand corrector that requires no brush and corrects crowds in seconds, leaving bags (these terms are often used interchangeably, but one relates to skin colour, the other to incrustation slackness) a fraction tighter as it goes. On the high street, NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer, £7.50, is misnamed but a terrific price. In all trunks, press or buff the corrector into dark circles. Leave a moment. Then tap concealer sparingly on top.

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