Makeup is a lot more transparent these days to let the results of our skin-care routines shine through, and the new Secret Camo follows suit, too. It blends out just as easily and seamlessly as it applies. (I do so with the Monika Blunder Beauty Hybrid Cream Brush.) I have a habit of layering on concealer before and after I do my eye makeup, and no matter how many times I return to the stick for more, the new formula never cakes up or creases. In fact, it seemingly melts into skin and feels more weightless than the original formula ever did. (If I knew what it would be like to wear eye masks as a teen, I would have compared the concealer’s thickness to those.)
One of the stick’s sides is labeled Brighten while the other is Correct. In my shade, 2C, the first is lighter and pinker, and the Correct side is warmer and peachier. Having two shades in one convenient tube is very handy for executing New York City makeup artist Colby Smith’s undereye concealer technique.
First, I blend the Brighten side onto the inner corners of my eyes, out to the part of my undereyes directly under my pupils. Then, Correct goes onto the outer half of my undereyes. “This [makes] your skin look like skin,” Smith previously explained to Allure. “There will be fewer fine lines and dryness under the eye. Also, the skin in that area is delicate, so less is more.”
I also dab the Correct side onto my breakouts. The small, round tip helps me pinpoint them, so I’m not overwhelming my skin with more product than it needs. This “creates the illusion of no product being present,” London-based makeup artist Valeria Ferreira says.
And I’m not the one loving the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo Stick. Allure‘s editorial assistant, Gabriela Thorne, is a fan, too. Typically, she reaches for liquid concealer formulas, but the new stick “makes some points,” she says. “I like how easily they cover up my dark marks; Just a swipe here and there with a little blending, and I’m good to go.”
Thorne’s shade of choice is 6N, but she also keeps 5N around for her undereye area. “I didn’t find the difference between the brighten and correct shades to be that large, so I used them interchangeably,” she adds.
With that in mind, you can mix and match them to create just the color you need for whatever you’re trying to conceal. Basically, the little stick lets you play makeup artist for a moment, and I’d be lying if I said that’s not the vibe Teen Devon always dreamed of.
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