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Review: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Don’t stop make it pop,
DJ, blow my speakers up
Tonight, I’mma fight
’Til we see the sunlight
Tik tock on the clock
But the party don’t stop, no

– Lyrics to Ke$ha’s song “Tik Tok”

You know I kind of respect Ke$ha. She sings about partying until the morning and still manages to look half decent in the morning.  Dubai’s lifestyle means that you could be out till 2 am and still have to make it to work at 7 am the next day trying to erase the signs of last night. In this case, I break out the big boys to make me look perky: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.

This stuff is the mother of all concealers and I’ve experimented with a lot of them.  I’m paler than the average Indian girl and any lack of sleep shows very clearly with dark ditches forming under my eyes.

Body Shop and Benefit both make great multipurpose concealers that are easy to use and blend in over imperfections or redness. However, both of them can’t do much for dark eye circles where MAC trumps all.

That being said, MAC concealer isn’t easy to use.

1. The pump is extremely defective! Concealer is meant to be used in small amounts and one pump manages to dispense enough concealer to cover your entire face. Since it’s fairly pricey and in order to avoid wasting money and unnecessary product, ask for a sample container upon purchase. Dispense a pump or two into the container and use it over the span of the week. Just make sure you screw on the lid of the container tight after each use.

2. It has to be applied with a brush. Don’t try to use fingers for this otherwise it will become very obvious you have caked it onto your face. The best brush for this is the MAC 217. Just swipe a smidge of concealer, dot under the eyes and blend like your life depends on it! Seriously, nothing looks worse than obvious concealer. A useful trick is blending all the way into the inner corner to the outer corner.

That being said, once it’s on, it’s on! the concealer easily lasts for 12 hours without fading.  If you tend to have extra dry skin, take a lightweight eye cream and dab it on top of the concealer to make it look more natural. Make sure to have one of the MAC ladies swatch you with a couple of shades to get your perfect match.

And now armed with this weapon, don’t be afraid of partying like Ke$ha on a school night!

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