Finding the right shade for your concealer takes a different approach in comparison to shopping for foundation. Which shade you choose ultimately comes down to what you want your concealer to do to enhance your skin.
Most people are looking for a concealer that covers up blemishes and brightens up areas of the face, typically the undereye area. But, those shades are rarely the same. Read on to learn how to find the right concealer for your skin tone.
Using Concealer in Your Makeup Routine
Before you start shopping for concealer to use in your makeup routine, you need to define what you need the concealer for. This is important so you know what type of product and shade to purchase. There are two main reasons to use concealer. The first is to brighten up the undereye area and/or contour the face. The second is to hide blemishes, scars, or other imperfections.
If you’re looking to brighten up areas on your face, you will need to opt for a shade that is lighter than your foundation shade. The features of the product will differ as well, especially if you’re planning to use the product in the undereye area.
To hide imperfections, you will want to opt for a shade that matches your foundation shade. This ensures you are adequately hiding imperfections over the foundation you use. To effectively cover your imperfections, you’ll want to look for a product that has excellent coverage and is long-wearing.
How to Shade Match Concealer for the Undereye
In most cases, you want to brighten up your undereye area with concealer to hide dark circles or other discoloration. Depending on how bright you want this area to be and how dark the area is, you’ll want to opt for a shade that is one to two shades darker than your foundation.
Another key factor to consider is the undertones of your skin. This is an important factor to consider when shopping for foundations as well. There are three types of undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. Ensuring the concealer you purchase is right for your undertone is even more important because if you opt for a product that doesn’t compliment your undertones, you won’t achieve the brightness you desire.
To find your skin’s undertone, look at the underside of your wrist. If the veins have a green tint, you have warm undertones. If the veins have a blue tint, you have cool undertones. If your veins have a bit of a mix of both, your undertones are considered neutral. Choose the shade that best matches your undertone.
Shade Matching Tips for Concealing Blemishes
When concealing blemishes on the face, your concealer will work with your foundation to hide these imperfections. You will want the shade to be the same shade as your foundation, which is why it’s best to purchase your foundation and concealer from the same brand to ensure an accurate shade match.
Similarly to finding a concealer for the undereye area, you want to consider your undertones. If you haven’t chosen a foundation color yet and you are just starting with concealer, the best place to shade match is on your chest area.
If you’re looking to concealer other areas on your body, like covering scars or tattoos, you want to shade match in those particular areas so you can get the best match possible. This ensures you get the flawless coverage you’re looking for. For example, if you want to cover up a tattoo on your arm and another on your lower back, the shades might be similar since one body part is likely getting more sun than another.
Concealer Product Features
Whether you’re looking to use concealer on your undereye or to cover imperfections (or both), you want to ensure that the product offers the coverage level you need. Often, you’ll want a concealer that is full coverage or medium buildable coverage.
Particularly with the undereye area, you want a concealer that is hydrating. Undereye skin is notoriously dry and wrinkle-prone. A concealer that doesn’t offer enough hydration can settle into wrinkles and make the skin appear cracked, which ultimately defeats the purpose.
Similarly, you want a product that isn’t too heavy. A lightweight concealer is comfortable to wear (and last) all day and hides imperfections to be indetectable.