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There are certain makeup tips and methods that, while great in theory, are just a bit too involved unless you have a glam squad at your beck and call and a red carpet to prepare for. Example: I simply do not have the time nor the will to contour my face daily. Nope, I prefer game-changing hacks that require minimal product and even less time. A tall order? Not in the case of my go-to concealer tip.
A few fashion weeks ago, I observed a makeup artist dabbing some concealer around a model's nose. I was struck by how much this tiny action "woke up" her face, but I also kind of shrugged it off because she was a model, and he was a makeup artist, and I am a mere mortal. But a couple of days later when I was engaging in my daily struggle-attempting to diminish my might-as-well-be-tattooed dark circles-I remembered that little tip and figured I might as well give it a try. I smoothed on a bit of concealer on the dark area around my nostrils and along my nasolabial folds and blinked in astonishment at the reflection in the mirror. It was like finding a missing puzzle piece: I had erased all the tiredness and premature aging from my face. It was still me, but an airbrushed, spritely looking version.RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up $36Shop
It was so wonderfully, infuriatingly simple-but then again, pardon me for not immediately thinking of my nostrils as the key to undoing my perpetual state of tiredness. (Byrdie editor Faith is also a recent convert and adds that it's a great way to make blackheads disappear.) To this day, it remains my most valuable makeup tip, especially because just a few quick dabs perk up and even out my skin on days when I'm not wearing anything else-kind of like what an eyelash curler does for tired, makeup-free eyes.
There are a few tips and nuances I've picked up along the way. I now use a different concealer formula around my nose than I do beneath my eyes, for starters, since the area around my nose tends to dry out as the day goes on. I swear by RMS's "Un" Cover-Up ($36) for this reason, since the creamy, oil-based formula positively melts into my skin but never cakes. I also purposely chose a yellowish shade, since it helps cancel out the blueish tones that tend to appear there. It's a tiny area, so you can't really get it too wrong, but just try different formulas and tweak it according to your skin type: If you tend to get very red around your nose, try a greenish concealer. Prone to an oily T-zone? Opt for an oil-wicking formula. You get the picture.
So there you have it-the quickest, most foolproof tip I have in my makeup arsenal happens to be the most game-changing.
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