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Concealer - darker, lighter or the same?

post #1 of 15
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What shade do you actually need in a concealer - darker or lighter than skin/foundation? Or do you require the same shade?

I use NW20 in concealer (select moisturecover) but, usually, NW15 in foundation. I've been told not to use a lighter shade because it only emphasizes dark areas, etc. But, I've also been told not to use a darker shade, like I'm doing now.

I'm so confused lol - I would also love to know what colour to use. If salmon/pink is the best shade, why don't MAC do one?

One last thing - would I use the same shade concealer for covering my dark circles (under eyes) as I would for covering, say, a pimple or blemish?


Thanks in advance
post #2 of 15

Re: Concealer - darker, lighter or the same?

Generally concealer is lighter than foundation, and one shade lighter than your skintone. Although, some say it should be the same color as your skintone.
post #3 of 15

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I prefer doing it the same color as the skin tone but in a salmon shade.

i could not tell you why mac doesnt make one cause i really only buy mac eye shadows.

as for concealing other parts i use a diffrent concealer, cause my under eye circles come out greenish-purple so i use the red-ish concealier. where as blemishes come up red so that conceiler would ust ecenuate it. i know a lot of people say you are suposed to use the green in those cases but i just use one shade lighter than go over it with my foundation.
post #4 of 15

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For covering reddish spots, I use a concealer that matches the depth of my skin but is slightly yellower (yellow works to cancel out red, but is softer and easier to blend than a green can be).

For under my eyes, I use a concealer that is the same or just *slightly* deeper than my skintone. I'm super pale, so there really isn't anything lighter than my skin, unless i go white white, and that looks goofy. Also, my undereye are is slightly blue but paler than the rest of my face, so going a little deeper works well for me, balances that area with the rest of my face.
post #5 of 15

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For covering spots, I'd recommend the shade closes to your skin color.
For undereye, a shade lighter. People say a shade lighter in concealer but it always looks so odd when covering blemishes!
post #6 of 15

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you're supposed to use concealer lighter than your skintone because it's supposed to balance out your dark circles. i also have concealers that are the same color. but when i use the concealer that is lighter than my skin, i always go over it with foundation.
post #7 of 15

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I do use a shade lighter covering a blemish, but I put loose powder over my face anyways, so I think it turns out pretty even. I don't use powder under my eyes cause it only makes it super dry and old. Just liquid concealer from L'oreal.
post #8 of 15

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I never use lighter b/c I just end up looking pasty. It might work if you have medium/darker skin though.
post #9 of 15

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I have to use the same color as my skin tone! They don't really make anything lighter.
post #10 of 15

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i think it is good to go a little lighter if you have to... but i like to get the same color... i use Prescriptives foundation and conceler, which match perfectly together... Px makes it so easy...
post #11 of 15

Re: Concealer - darker, lighter or the same?

Hi:

My favorite concealers are by Eve Pearl (salmon based) and Kryolan's DermaColor (which is a paramedical concealor). Both of these items are kept in my pro mua kit. As mentioned earlier, the best thing to do is find one with good coverage.
post #12 of 15
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Re: Concealer - darker, lighter or the same?

Originally Posted by Leza1121 View Post
Hi:

My favorite concealers are by Eve Pearl (salmon based) and Kryolan's DermaColor (which is a paramedical concealor). Both of these items are kept in my pro mua kit. As mentioned earlier, the best thing to do is find one with good coverage.
I think the Eve Pearl concealer is the one I've been looking for - I'm pretty sure I saw it on a YouTube video and she was explaining how green concealers don't work with 'blue' looking dark areas, etc. I don't think we can get her range here, though

Thanks to everyone for your advice
post #13 of 15

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i use little lighter tone.
post #14 of 15

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I have a 3 different colored mineral concealers, peach-colored, green and yellow, which I use for different purposes. The green one corrects the redness, the peach one is for my pigmented spots and scars and the yellow one is for the under-eye area.
post #15 of 15

Re: Concealer - darker, lighter or the same?

the three concealers ColdDayInHell referenced are my three staple concealers as well. i can't live without green concealer.
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