How to Choose the Right Shade of Concealer

For a flawless makeup lookconcealer is essential. If you want your skin to glow, your features to pop, and your imperfections to fade into the background, you need to find the right shade of concealer. Your choice depends on your unique colouring, where the flaw is located, and what exactly you're trying to hide. Ready to make dark under-eye circles and red spots things of the past? It’s easy! Here’s how to get a picture-perfect look.

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Don’t Match Your Under-Eye Concealer to Your Skin

If you want a natural-looking finish, your under-eye concealer shouldn’t match your skin colour. While you want your foundation shade to be spot-on, you need to strategise a bit more with concealer.

When you're working on red spots, the objective is to make them blend into the rest of your skin. When you're working with dark under-eye circles, your goal is to lighten the area. This means that you can’t use one concealer for both jobs.

For under-eye concealer, go for a shade that's around two shades lighter than your skin. If you have to choose between two products, one that's one shade lighter and one that's three shades lighter, grab the concealer that's closer to your natural skin tone.

An easy way to find a good match is to test cover-up on the veins on your wrist. If the product hides your veins and looks natural, it'll look perfect under your eyes.

Need powerful coverage? We adore Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer. The cream formula is long wearing and sweatproof, and never look cakey or creased. 

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Do Match Your Spot Concealer to Your Skin

If you're looking to cover pimples and red spots, go for a product that's exactly the same colour as your own skin. Whilst it’s good to colour-test your concealer before you buy, there are some general rules of thumb to follow.

Basically, if you have a light-to-medium skin tone, you’ll want to go for a yellow-based concealer. If you have medium-to-dark skin, go for an orange undertone.

Prone to breakoutsClinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer will make your life so much easier. This oil-free formula is long lasting and non-acnegenic.

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Precisely apply and blend concealer with M.A.C Cosmetics 195 Concealer Brush. This flexible synthetic brush has a slightly pointed tip for precision application of concealer and other emollient products. The small size enables this brush to easily apply product to difficult to reach places, such as around the nose and under the eyes, and to target blemishes and other imperfections.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Concealer Brush - Small 174
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Get precise, controlled concealer application with MAKE UP FOR EVER Concealer Brush - Small 174. A straight, responsive brush that applies and blends concealer over imperfections for a natural result. Suitable for use with cream and liquid textures, the firm, flat bristles apply concealer evenly and the tapered end blend it out for a seamless finish.

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