Beyoncé’s makeup artist has news for you: You’ve probably been applying concealer wrong this whole time.
Sir John, a L’Oréal Paris Makeup ambassador who has also worked with Ashley Benson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, and Jourdan Dunn, is as expert as they come about creating a flawless-looking complexion, and this week he shared his tips for making your face look fabulous.
Most importantly, he pointed out the mistakes people most often make when applying their concealer, from the amount they use to the techniques they employ to apply it.
Get it right! Sir John, a L’Oréal Paris Makeup ambassador and Beyoncé’s makeup artist, explained the mistakes people often make with concealer
Flawless: He certainly knows how to create a flawless-looking complection
First of all, he said, when it comes to under-eye circles, most people are using too much concealer altogether.
‘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,’ he told Cosmopolitan UK.
‘I take the concealer and do a dots situation under the eye — one, two, three, four dots,’ he added to Refinery29.’ On Instagram, the first thing people do is slather it everywhere, but I cringe when I see that. You don’t need that much product.’
Next, a lot of people could be perfecting their technique.
‘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,’ he told Cosmo.
Go easy! Sir John (pictured with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) said you should never lay it on thick under your eyes
Perfection: He shared tips on proper brush technique and how to buy the right product (pictured with Joan Smalls)
He also pointed out that body heat can change the texture of makeup, making using your fingers a plus — since it can make it look more organic.
Fixed! Sir John noted that some people make the mistake of wearing lightweight concealer, when they should be buying a fuller coverage one and just applying it lighter
If you prefer using a brush, ‘You need to think about how you’re holding your brush, your grip should be further down, towards the end, not near the top,’ he added.
He particularly likes a fluffy eyeshadow brush, which can ‘really get in there and it almost airbrushes you’.
As for the formula, Sir John said some people make the mistake of wearing lightweight concealer, when they should be buying a fuller coverage one and just applying it lighter.
But that doesn’t mean you should use that one heavy-duty concealer everywhere: The beauty pro added that everyone should have two concealers as well as two foundations, since no one’s skin is the same color all over.
Finally, if you ever brush pressed powder on your face, Sir John says that’s a big no-no.
‘It’s so heavy and drying and it’s really counterproductive,’ he told Refinery29.
Sir John also advocated for applying foundation to a freshly-moisturized face with a Beautyblender sponge, layering cream blush with powder blush, and setting eyebrows with a glue stick instead of brow gel.