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Many people think that choosing the right concealer is as simple as matching concealer shade to skin tone shade. To cover up acne, redness, or dark circles, different colors may be better for different concerns. What color concealer should people buy for what occasion?
When choosing a concealer for acne, err on the side of lightness. Choose a color that is slightly lighter than the foundation color or an exact match. Try using the skin on the inside of the wrist to test concealer color before buying. To cover up acne, many people opt for a concealer that is an exact skin tone match. Keep in mind that concealing color is easier than concealing dimension. Heavy coverage may make a larger pimple look even worse. Opt for light concealer and tinted moisturizer. And skip translucent powder, as this may make the area look shiny.
To understand color-correcting, people need to understand that opposites on the color wheel will balance each other out. So, when covering redness, opt for the Christmas counterpart: green. This sounds counterintuitive to many people, but using a green primer or concealer is one of the best ways to counteract redness, whether from rosacea, scarring, psoriasis, or simple blushing.
Depending on a person’s skin tone, dark circles can tend to have purple-ish or blue-ish hues. To conceal dark circles, the same color wheel principle applies. People with fairer skin may opt for yellow, peach, or pink colored concealers. Darker skin may benefit more from an orange shade.
A good concealer can help to cover up many skin imperfections. However, using the wrong product or applying concealer incorrectly can draw even more attention to problem areas. Choose a concealer based on skin type: use creamy or stick concealers for dry skin and liquid concealers for more oily skin. For any skin type, make sure to wash and moisturize the face before applying any makeup. Use a clean finger, brush, or sponge to apply the product, and lightly blend until there is no edge to the area where the product was used.
While most people will always want to use concealer from time to time, following a healthy skincare routine can help to prevent acne, redness, and dark circles. People should speak with a dermatologist to learn more about what products and habits will be best, based on personal skin type.