The concealer mistake most people make, according to J.Lo's make-up artist

Hung Vanngo says many of us make this mistake when applying concealer, but it's easy to resolve

Jennifer Lopez
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If there's anybody out there that you want to take your make-up pointers from, it's a celebrity make-up artist. Known for making up some of the most famous faces in the world, they know better than anybody how to get a face camera- or red carpet-ready. 

InStyle has just brought a major beauty tip to our attention from none other than Hung Vanngo, make-up artist to the likes of Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski and Jennifer Lawrence – to name but a few of his very A-list clients.

In a 90s super model inspired make-up tutorial posted to YouTube, the celebrity MUA pointed out that many of us are making a mistake when it comes to our concealer formula of choice – using the same product to try to cover spots as we would use on our under eye area. 

To counter dark circles, your under eye concealer should be lighter so as to brighten up the area and help you look more awake. It'll likely have some kind of illuminating properties, too.

Apply this kind of formula to a blemish that you're trying to cover up, however, and you'll  "see pronouncedly where the pimple is," Vanngo stresses. 

The solution? Vanngo recommends that the concealer to cover up blemishes should be the exact same shade as your foundation "to make everything look seamless". 

Makes sense to us.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Longwear Concealer

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Longwear Concealer, $29, Sephora

His concealer of choice for this particular tutorial? Laura Mercier's hero Longwear Concealer, which you can snap up at Sephora for just shy of $30.

Still on the hunt for the perfect concealer? This is the concealer Maya Jama describes as her "ride or die" product, while this Maybelline buy is an Amazon shopper favorite

Happy shopping! 

Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, InStyle and Woman & Home, and regularly contributes to My Imperfect Life. Most recently she was Junior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. Covering skincare, haircare, make-up and wellbeing, her job involves anything from picking the brains of the world's top dermatologists to swatching the latest and greatest foundations. When she's not got beauty on the brain, you're most likely to find her spending time with dogs (her sister owns one very sassy cockapoo), reading or sleeping. She's also a big fan of RuPaul's Drag Race, rosé and and house plants that stay alive.