Concealers are available in various colors and textures, and hence picking the right shade can be quite puzzling. The right shade can give the perfect and stunning dive look, while the wrong one can make you look like a reverse raccoon. The textures and colors you choose for your concealer strictly depend upon your skin concerns. You can opt for a color that is close to your natural skin tone or pick out a color-correcting concealer from your concealer palette that balances out discoloration.
Concealer is only a base makeup product that helps you to create a flawless yet natural look every day. But if your concealer doesn’t give you the flawless look, then you should know that you have picked the wrong one. Remember that different area if your face needs a slight variation in shade.
Do you want to cover or correct?
If you want a concealer that exactly matches your skin tone, then start with a half shade lighter than your foundation. Pay attention to the terms like beige, cool, warm, and neutral. This will help you to find the correct shade from the color corrector palette.
If you want the concealer mainly to cover up your dark circles, then look out for yellow or warm shades. You can test the opacity against the blue veins inside your wrist. And if you want a concealer for your blemishes or dark spots, then find the one that is a shade lighter than your foundation and has the same undertone.
The color theory can be used to find the perfect shade of concealer for you. For instance, you can use green primer for redness or rosacea. Remember that the colors opposite to each other in the color corrector palette, cancel out each other when used for color correction. So, in a color wheel, orange is opposite to blue, red to green and yellow to purple.
Hence, to neutralize the purplish dark circles, choose a yellow or orange-yellow concealer. For fair skin tones, which are more prone to green-based undereye discoloration, a pink corrector can be used. A peachy apricot shade can be used for sunspots or freckles and green or yellow concealer for redness and blemishes.
Texture and application
For blemishes and dark spots, use a concealer with a creamy formula. If you want to use dark circles, then you have to opt for something lightweight from your concealer palette that doesn’t crack for the delicate undereye area. Go for something that has very little texture and blends easily. But if you have severe dark circles, a concealer with a creamy consistency will work the best. However, you should make sure that you steer clear from blending into your smile lines and concentrate the pigment on the inner eye as well as inside of the nose.
The bottom line
Remember that concealer is not a magic wand that you can use for eliminating your flaws. When checking out the concealer palette price, also pay attention to the texture of the product. But, although the right shade and right corrector mitigates discoloration to a great extent, it is still makeup and won’t give you Photoshop results. Sometimes less is actually more.