Concealer is one of the most crucial products in a makeup bag. However, it can go seriously wrong if you get the wrong shade. Use a concealer that's too light in your under-eye area, and you'll end up emphasizing your bags instead of covering them. Cover a blemish with a shade that's too dark, and you'll make it stand out.
Concealer isn't designed to even out your skin tone. It's for covering imperfections. When you pick the perfect match for your skin, it can make disguising your blemishes easy. We are going to go over how to pick the right color concealer for your skin.
Match Your Undertone
The first step to finding the perfect color is to select a concealer that fits your undertone. Your undertone is the color that lies below the surface of your skin. When you apply concealer, your undertone can still show through. If the product doesn't match your skin, it won't look right.
The three main undertones are warm, neutral, and cool. If you use a concealer that's the right shade with a warm undertone and you're cool, it will seem off. So how do you know what your undertone is?
People with warm undertones may notice hues of gold, peach, or yellow in their skin. You may think of this as olive skin. People with cool undertones can see hints of pink, red, or blue. If someone has neutral undertones, they can be a mixture of warm and cool or no noticeable color.
If you don't notice a specific tint in your skin, you can look at your veins. Veins that appear blueish or purple are generally a sign of cool undertones. If your veins look slightly green, you may have warm undertones. You may have neutral undertones if you can't determine a color.
You can also discover your undertone by reflecting on how your skin reacts to sun exposure. If you burn easily, you probably have cool undertones. You have warm or neutral undertones if you tan instead of burn. A dermatologist can always help you determine your undertone if you can't figure it out on your own.
How To Select Concealer Shades
Once you know your undertone, you can pick a concealer shade or shades. You want to filter the concealer by undertone and go from there. You won't have as many options, and it will help you narrow down the list to make the best choice.
You may want to get a few shades for concealing different areas of your face. If you're only going to get one shade, consider what you will be using it for the most. For concealing your under-eyes? Or do you use concealer more for covering blemishes? People often use the same shade for both, but it's not usually ideal.
When covering your under-eye area, you want a color one to two shades lighter than your skin. You don't want to go too light, though, as this can leave a stark contrast between your eye area and the rest of your face. You can apply a peach or orange color correcter before your skin-toned concealer to cover any dark circles.
You don't want to use a lighter shade if you are looking to cover blemishes. If you use the same shade as you do for your under-eyes, you'll end up highlighting the pimple instead of disguising it. Alternatively, use a concealer that is an exact match for your skin. This color will allow you to blend out the product into your foundation.
You can also use a color-correcter for covering blemishes. Reach for a green concealer shade to offset any redness. Just like before, after using the color corrector, go over the area with your concealer that matches your skin.
Having one lighter shade and one that's an exact match for your skin is ideal. You'll always have the right shade to cover any imperfections no matter where they arise on your face. HIDE Premium Concealer comes in various shades and offers superior coverage.
Concealer Shades for Contouring
Contouring is when you use slightly darker and lighter makeup to add dimension to your face. It's all about creating shadows and light to manipulate your natural facial structure. Concealer makes a great contour.
You will need a concealer two shades lighter and one three shades darker than your foundation color. The lighter shade is used to highlight your face. You'll want to apply it to the top of your cheekbones, middle of your forehead, bridge of your nose, chin, and under your eyes.
Next, apply the darker concealer basically everywhere you don't have the lighter shade. You can also limit the darker concealer to places you really want to add structure. You can use it in the hollows of your cheeks, which will define your cheekbones. You can also apply it to the sides of your forehead and close to your hairline.
When you apply the darker shade along the sides of your nose, it has a slimming effect. You can play around with the contour to see what you like. Sometimes nose contour can be too much for people.
Once your lighter and darker shades are in place, use a damp makeup sponge to begin blending out the product. You'll want to start with the light concealer first and then move on to the deeper contour. You can also use a buffing brush to help you blend everything out.
If you've never contoured before, you have to trust the process. You may think you look crazy at first before you blend. However, once you see the final product, you may be tempted to contour every time you do your makeup.
How To Apply Concealer
When it comes to applying concealer, there is no one way fits all method. Some people like using a brush to apply the product, while others like using a sponge or even their fingers. Concealer does look most natural when you use thin layers and not a lot all at once.
Here are some simple directions to follow to get results:
- Using the applicator wand or your tool of choice, apply concealer to your under-eye area in an inverted triangle shape. Blend it out by dabbing the product repeatedly.
- Apply concealer to other areas you need coverage, like your forehead, chin, or nose. Blend out your concealer the same way, gently dabbing and pressing the product into your face.
- Focus on any blemishes on other areas of your face with a concealer that matches your foundation.
- After you've applied one layer of concealer, step back and see if you still need more coverage. If you do, apply another thin layer of product. Be careful not to rub off the first layer when applying the second.
- Once you're happy with the coverage, set your concealer with translucent setting powder. Use a fluffy brush to dust on the loose powder. This step will help prevent creasing and will keep you looking matte.
Finding your perfect concealer color is simple when you understand your skin. Always take your undertone into account when picking out a product. You may need a concealer in more than one shade to get the desired look.
HIDE Premium Concealer is a great option for any skin type. You'll be able to find the best color to fit your skin.
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