Is It Better to Use a Lighter or Darker Concealer?

If you crave a flawless makeup look, you can't live without a little liquid Photoshop. Here's how to find the right concealer colour.

Not sure if you should match your concealer to your skin or go a shade up or down? Here's everything you need to know about finding the perfect concealer.


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Consider Your Skin Type


If you have dry skin, you’ll want to avoid matte liquid concealer. Matte makeup can make dry skin look totally parched. Grab a formula that’ll make you glow, such as Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer.

If you have oily skin, avoid stick and cream concealers. They just emphasise large pores. Oil-free products such as Glo Minerals Camouflage Oil-Free Concealer are good picks for a shiny complexion.


Eyes vs the Rest of Your Face


When you're looking to cover minor skin imperfections and discolourations, you should opt for a light-to-medium level of coverage. Anything too heavy can create an unnatural look.

Ready to start shopping? For your face, track down a concealer that's a very close match to your foundation. Beyond just light, medium, and dark, you will want to look at the specific undertones. If your skin has an obvious pink or olive tone, look for a concealer that’ll match up.

When you're covering your under-eye area, go for a concealer that's one to two shades lighter than your skin. Be careful not to go too light. If in doubt, always choose the deeper of two concealers.


Is It Better to Use a Lighter or Darker Concealer?


Learn the Art of Correction


When you're working with concealer, it's really important to know the basics of colour correction. A bluish or purplish concealer counteracts the rosy tint of a spot. If your blemish is more red than pink, go for a yellow-based concealer to neutralise it. Have dark skin that's hard to cover? Use an orangey concealer.


Where to Test Concealer


Want to try on some concealer before you buy? If you're on the hunt for a product that works all over your face, do a test on your neck right below your ear. The concealer should blend into your skin and appear natural. While this doesn’t work with colour correction, you can get the right shade for minor fix-ups.

PRO TIP: Have serious under-eye circles? It’s time to see red! Check out BECCA Backlight Colour Correcting Crème in Papaya. While it may look like a scary colour to put under your eyes, it works like a dream. Free of parabens and talc, this colour-correcting cream counteracts dull, ashy tones while eliminating the blue and green skin tints that make you look tired.

 

Is It Better to Use a Lighter or Darker Concealer?