What effects does it have?

  • Face

    Hides dark patches around eyes or spots

  • Facial hair

    Hides beard shadow

What is it?

Makeup used to hide areas of the skin that are darker or differently coloured, useful for hiding dark circles around the eyes, beard shadow, or marks on the skin.

How long does it last?

It can be easily removed when you like, and should be removed at the end of the day.

More information

Concealer is a type of foundation that gives high coverage (this means it hides the colour of the underlying skin well).

Concealer comes in different shades, and it is important to match the shade you use to your natural skin colour. Shops selling makeup will usually have “testers” that you can apply to part of your skin to compare the makeup to your skin tone. Some shops also offer a service to help you find the correct makeup colour for your skin tone, and Boots have even released an app for determining your skin colour for makeup to allow you to do this.

Concealer can be used on its own or under other makeup. Concealer is applied using either a concealer brush, a makeup sponge, or cotton wool. You may find that concealer leaves your skin shiny - if so, you can try applying powder to reduce this.

When you have finished wearing your makeup, for example when you want to go to sleep, you will need to remove it. You can use a normal facial wash to do this on most of your face, but on the delicate skin around your eyes you may wish to use eye makeup removal pads or cotton wool and some eye makeup remover.

Getting help and advice

Makeup can be appear complicated and intimidating at first.

If you feel that you are not sure how to apply makeup or would like to learn more, you could consider:

  • booking a makeover/makeup lesson at a high street shop - more details of these services can be found on the websites of Bobbi Brown, the Body Shop, Boots, Clinique, and MAC - some offer lessons for free
  • booking a lesson with a salon focused on providing services to transgender people, such as Born (Manchester) or TG Makeup London
  • using a search engine to find independent makeup artists in your area offering lessons
  • watching tutorial videos on YouTube or on the websites of many makeup retailers
  • purchasing a book on makeup
  • asking friends for advice

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Page last updated: September 2017