Choosing the right concealer for your skin tone

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  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Choosing the right concealer for your skin tone
Choosing the right concealer for your skin tone
First thing to know about concealer: there are many different types with various functions. Some concealers are created to cover, while others are created to correct. The skin issues can range from under-eye discolouration and bad breakouts to redness, puffiness, scars, blemishes… the list goes on. Choosing the right one for you starts with identifying the issue you’re hoping to fix. Here’s how to do it.

Everyday blemishes 

If you’re not keen on foundation, use a full-coverage concealer that is as close to your skin tone as possible – to combat the appearance of blemishes, redness, dark spots, sunburns and freckles. For the under-eye area, though, you’ll need a shade lighter than your skin. Test the concealer under your neck to check its tone in comparison to your face. 

Bad breakouts

When you’re covering up bad breakouts, rashes and acne scars, you have to be extra-careful. You don’t want to highlight the fact that you’re covering up large areas of imperfections. When choosing a concealer or foundation, then, pay attention to the colour of your veins, rather than the surface colour of your skin. Stick with warm tones if you have green veins, cool tones for blue veins, and a mix of both for neutral veins. 

Puffy, discoloured under-eye areas

Go with a colour corrector instead. Yellow will cover dark circles that appear purplish on fair skin. Darker skins should use orangey correctors to hide discolouration that appears darker blue under the eye. Green is the go to for any redness around the eyes. The secret? It’s all on your primary school colour wheel. Yellow and purple, orange and blue, red and green – these are natural complementary colour pairs, meaning they’re perfect for neutralising one another. Amazing, right?


Most concealers with yellow tones will suit any skin tone. However, rich, darker skin tones may need to opt for orange-based hues. Darker skin is also prone to pigmentation, with changes in melanin becoming more pronounced as you age.

Tone change with the seasons

Your skin doesn’t stay the same colour for the entire year. Exposure to sunlight dramatically reduces in the winter months, so your skin will likely lighten by a shade or two. If you’re serious about concealer, you’ll need a duo for summer and winter use. Test the shade on your neck or over the veins on your wrist for the perfect seasonal match.

A top tip is to keep it subtle, layering on concealer will only expose your usage. To keep from making this common mistake, apply your concealer slowly and methodically, blending with a sponge or fine brush before deciding if you really need another layer… 


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