Makeup: The quick ‘go to’ concealer guide

Molly Warkentin first captured our attention with the 70’s-siren inspired makeup featured in the Alice McCall Resort 2017 lookbook. The makeup was so on point that it made us want to whip out our flares and bell sleeves while watching Almost Famous – red lip non-negotiable.

London-born, Sydney-based Warkentin has been carving a name for herself within Australia’s fashion and entertainment industry, producing fresh and creative interpretations of makeup trends for some of the most celebrated names in the business. With a resume that includes fashion bibles Elle, Vogue , Russh, Harpers Bazaar and Oyster magazine under her belt, as well as clients which include Ellery, Scanlan Theodore, Nicole Trunfio and Jennifer Hawkins, to say Warkentin is a name to watch would be like saying ‘florals for spring’, a total cliche.

So what makes Warkentin’s work so desirable? Simple, she seeks to illuminate rather than disguise the originality of each face she paints, emphasizing her client’s natural beauty to create looks which are both mesmerizing and keep the integrity of the skin. Naturally, we asked Molly to share her concealer ‘how to’ guide, because our approach is anything but…

Concealer to me is something that should only be used when really necessary, but can also be your best friend.

What not to do:
Don’t use a concealer that it is too light in colour on a raised pimple. It will have the reverse effect and highlight rather than conceal.

Biggest tip:
Use your finger to apply concealer, the warmth from your hand will heat the product enough so that you can work it right into the skin for a more natural looking finish.

How to pick the right concealer for you:
For the under eye area, select a colour with a peachy undertone no more than 2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For other parts of the face select a shade of concealer that matches the colour of your foundation for a seamless finish.

Talk us through the different textures…
Cream concealers: these typically come in a pot and are thicker in consistency. They tend to be full coverage and are great for concealing pimples or areas of discolouration.

Liquid concealer: they tend to be lighter in coverage and have more of a natural/satin finish. Great for under the eye area and for less concentrated areas of concealing.

Pencil concealer: creamy in texture in the form of a pencil, easy for spot concealing. Also if you choose a shade a few shades lighter than your skin tone it makes a great highlighter for areas such as the inner corner of the eye and the cupids bow of the lips.

Where should we be using concealer and what type of concealer is best:
I conceal very lightly under the eye area with a liquid concealer. I choose a colour with a peachy undertone, this neutralises the blue/darkness that can be in this area. I use my finger to work the product into the area in little dabbing motions.

I also buff a liquid concealer in areas that need a little bit of extra help after a foundation. These areas are typically around the nose and chin.

Then I access the face. If there are any areas of unevenness, redness or pimples still showing I reach for my full coverage cream pot concealer.

Your go-to concealer:
Scout Cosmetics mineral corrector

Follow Molly and her life of makeup here: @MollyWarkentinMakeup