How to pick a right shade of concealer for your skin tone

How to pick the right shade of concealer for your skin tone

How to pick the right shade of concealer for your skin tone

Concealers are trickier than we think. One shade doesn’t fit all, but wouldn’t it be great though ? Anyhow ! Concealers, if picked right can really transform your look, really ! Full concealing andย camouflaging is not my thing, but for special occasions, I’m all for it ! In today’s blog post I’m sharing some tips on choosing a right concealer shade for your skin tone.



Area of concern?

Generally, people use concealers for two purposes.ย 

  1. Brighten up the under eye area.
  2. Conceal the zits or acne scars.

And then there’re exceptions, like some people cover their tattoos or birth-marks and stuff like that.

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Generic Rule

The rule of thumb while picking a perfect concealer shade is for under eye area, Go 2 shades lighter than your actual skin tone, and for concealing acne pick up the shade closest to your skin tone.

My rule

I don’t think going 2 shades lighter is always a good idea ! and neither do I think a shade closest to your skin tone works the best for concealing acne. That generic rule is great if you don’t have dark circles or you don’t self-tan your body, or you like to wear lighter/darker foundation than your actual skin tone.

Most Effective way in my opinion

There’re 3 stages of under eye darkness.

  1. 1st that just requires a concealer.
  2. 2nd that requires concealer and highlighter.
  3. 3rd that requires correcting-concealing-and highlighting.

Depending on which stage you fit in ! A perfect shade of concealer for you differs. If you’re on first stage and you don’t have too much darkness under your eyes, going 2 x lighter than your actual skin tone will work for you.

If you’re on stage two and you think a concealer just works OKAY for you but doesn’t make your under eye area look bright and awake, than instead of going 2 x lighter, Go 1 shade lighter or keep the shade closest to your skin tone and then use a highlighting pen, for the best results.

If you’re on stage 3 and you have really sever dark circles and the concealer just makes your under eye area look ashy and grey ! You need to find a corrector first.

Color Correctors ?

Correctors are basically to neutralize the “imperfection” before concealing. To pick a perfect corrector for your skin concerns, analyze your problem area,

A peachy/orangey corrector is mostly the safest option because it suits most skin types but,

Orange/Peach neutralizes Blue

Green neutralizes Redness

Pink neutralizes Green

Beige Neutralizes Purple

Always use a corrector first, if you have severe discoloration.

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Covering up Acne/Acne Scars

When it comes to concealing acne/acne scars, the concealer should match the foundation you wear, not too dark not too light, a little bit of color shift doesn’t matter that much, but make sure the concealer shade is as close as possible to the foundation your wear. Otherwise it’s gonna do the opposite and bring the attention to your problem area. About the corrector, same goes for acne/acne scaring. If you have a lot of redness on your face(around your nose, acne etc) use a green corrector to neutralize it.

My personal preference

I have olive skin tone and I like to keep my concealer yellow toned ! Because I find that it flatters my undertones the most, and works the best for me.

I only use concealer under the eyes and if I want to cover any thing else on my face, I just build up the foundation in the area instead of using a concealer, but that’s just what I like.


Favorite Concealers

I have been using the same 2 concealers from years now ! I haven’t tried out new concealers ever since. Both are from Maybelline, the instant anti-age concealer and the Fit me one.



Finding a perfect shade is different for everyone ! But if you keep all these points in mind it’ll definitely be easier for you to look for a perfect shade.

I hope you find this post helpful!

Good Luck!


Zunaira Sulman.

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