Build your concealer wardrobe with Nars
With concealers, it is truly not a one size fits all approach. Nars has a brand new Soft Matte Complete Concealer that is its highest coverage concealer yet. In a smooth, oil-free cream texture, this mini miracle not only conceals, but blurs and smooths — a godsend when it comes to bumps and uneveness. Because it feels so weightless and has flexible elastomers in the formula that stretch with your skin, you'll hardly know it's there.
Nars is also bringing in a wide range of colours for this new concealer, with 16 global shades from the palest Chantilly to the deepest shade Dark Coffee. This ensures that you get your perfect match, because there's nothing worse than concealer that sits obviously on your skin. In case you didn't get the memo, concealer is supposed to disappear like a second skin, not call attention to your flaws. For Aiwei Foo, an artist and teacher, her makeup routine is rather minimal — as she sticks to light shades and doesn't typically wear heavy makeup. But that's why a product like a good concealer is integral, as it's the bare minimum even for the no-makeup makeup look that is trending now. Concealer is often the difference between looking polished and simply looking undone. This one was designed by François Nars to be spot-applied, only where needed.
"I LIKE THAT IT'S MATTE AND HAS A POWDERY TEXTURE, BUT DOESN'T FEEL DRY AT ALL. IT WAS SO EASY TO APPLY... WITH THE CONCEALER PRACTICALLY DISAPPEARING ONCE IT WAS PUT ON." — AIWEI FOO ON THE NEW SOFT MATTE COMPLETE CONCEALER
Each concealer you own and use has a different texture, finish and purpose, which is why the concealer that you use for your acne scars and for your undereye area should not be the same. Clueless about concealers? Here's our quick guide on the kind of concealers you need for various uses.
FOR DARK CIRCLES
You actually need a more fluid texture, as the skin around your undereyes tends to be drier and more crepe-y, and a thick or cream concealer might settle into crow's feet and lines, making you look older than you are. That's where the brand's Radiant Creamy Concealer comes into play. It is perfect for this area as it glides on smoothly with a luxurious texture and while it looks skin-like, it can still hide dark circles and lessen the impact of heavy eye bags and fine lines. Apply a few dots under the eye area and simply blend with your fingers... a little touch is all you need for instant luminosity.
FOR UNEVEN-TEXTURED SKIN AND BLEMISHES
If you've got something you need to hide, be it angry red bumps or obvious pigmentation, a creamier, high-coverage concealer like the Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a must. You want a product that doesn't slip or budge, so that it stays put without settling into fine lines and pores. At the same time, you need something that looks like skin and matches your complexion to a tee. To apply this, simply spot-apply where needed and blend in with your fingers or a concealer brush.
FOR MAKEUP APPLICATION
For eyes, one trick is to use the Stick concealer to cover redness on the lid and as an eyeshadow base to create an even canvas before you start working on your smoky eye. And if you use the shade Honey, a warm peach tone, it will neutralise any dark undertones. When it comes to the lips, enhance the look of bolder shades like blackberrys, plums and scarlets by using concealer around the lip to create a sharper silhouette. Use a flat concealer or even lip brush, apply a tiny amount of Soft Matte Complete Concealer along the lip liner, blending carefully. This will create a precision lip and prevents bleeding of these darker shades.
Beauty Direction: Renée Batchelor
Photography: Vanessa Caitlin
Makeup: Julyen Loo / Nars
Hair: Christian Maranion / 27A
Photography Assistance: Andy Leow
Model: Aiwei Foo
Flower crown: Charlotte Puxley Flowers