Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation?

Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation?

Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation
Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation

Well, that depends on the area in which you are using your concealer and your concern.

For example, if you concern is only under eye circles or lid pigmentation, it is always better to go 1-2 shades darker than your foundation. Choosing the same shade or lighter shade would look fine upon application, but turns ashy or grey after sometime. The under eyes are usually darker than the rest of the face, hence a dark shade of concealer with a tinge of orange can neutralize that darkness.
Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation
Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation

Here is  a small example of how an entire look can go wrong if your concealer is lighter.

Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation
Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation

On the other hand, if your concern is acne scars and upper lip pigmentation, go for a concealer which is exactly the same as your foundation. A concealer is supposed to be more pigmented and thick than a foundation, so conceals acne scars quickly.

Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation
Should A Concealer Be Darker Or Lighter Than Your Foundation

I got a lot of queries  that if I use NC in MAC foundations, would I be the same in concealer as well. NC has yellow tones so it is better to use an NC concealer for face while NW has pink/orange tones so it is apt for under eyes to neutralize the darkness.It also depends on the depth of your dark circles, if you do not have heavy dark circles, you can pick up an NC concealer which is a shade or two, darker than your foundation. Say, I use an NC42 in foundation, but I use NC43 for concealer since I do not have very dark circles, but would just like to make it appear brighter and natural.

Who is Preetha

Preetha is an engineer turned beauty blogger from India. She loves trying out new beauty products and makeup looks. She is a mother of a one year old baby girl and loves photography, cooking and makeup of course.

1 Comment

  1. Divya Gulati Reply

    Hi
    Thank a lot for this…I was searching this answer from Long Time..
    But I m still confused I m nc 42 in mac studio foundation
    I have pimples on my cheeks and jawline
    Should I buy nc 40 or nc 42..
    I read somewhere if you are nc tone you should use nw range in concealer may be nw35..
    Please help

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