How Do I Know My Undertone for Concealer?

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  • Skin tone is the color of your skin’s top layer, based on the amount of melanin you produce.
  • Undertone is the color hue underneath your skin’s surface, commonly recognized as warm, cool, or neutral.
  • To find your undertone: look at your wrist veins in natural light; hold a white shirt up to your face; or try on gold and silver jewelry.
  • The rule of thumb for choosing concealer shade is to match it to your foundation shade.
  • For acne scars & blemishes: use a slightly darker concealer than foundation shade. For under-eye circles: use one shade lighter than foundation shade.
  • For highlighting & contouring: use 1-2 shades lighter or darker than foundation shade match

I was over at my friend’s house, helping her figure out the right concealer for her undertone.

She had been testing out different shades of concealer on her face, but she just couldn’t seem to find the right one. “I don’t know what to do,” she said, “I don’t want to pick the wrong one.”

“Don’t worry,” I told her, “I can help you figure it out.” I took a white t-shirt and held it up to her face. “See how your skin looks yellow?” I asked her. “That means you have a warm undertone.”

I took a piece of gold jewelry and held it up to her face. “See how the gold compliments your skin?” I asked her. “That means you have a warm undertone.”

“But what about my dark circles?” she asked me. “What should I do about them?” I took a yellow concealer and held it up to her face. “See how this matches your skin tone?” I asked her.

“That means this is the right concealer for your undertone.” She smiled and thanked me for my help. With the right concealer, she was ready to take on the world!


How do I know my undertone for concealer?

To know the best color for your skin, you need to learn about the undertones in your skin. Undertone is an important part of selecting the best concealer color for you.

Knowing your undertone is key to getting the best color and match for your skin. The right color concealer can make a difference in how your skin looks and feels.

Color is determined by the amount of pigment that is under the surface of your skin. Most women are either cool, neutral, or warm-toned.

Understanding what type of undertones you have can help you pick a concealer that will help hide any redness or darkness on your face.

Tips on How to determine your Undertone

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Undertones can be determined by looking in the shade of skin on your cheeks and also on the inner part of your wrists.

That is how most people think about undertone. Some undertone colorists may classify two different shades under one name such as pastel, golden or ash tone color. It does not matter the term used to describe a warmer tone color.

The important thing is to determine which tone is your main undertone. Follow these steps below to help you decide what type of undertone you have:

1) Take a look at your cheek in the mirror.

The color of your skin and the number of freckles on the right side of your face should be similar to the color and number of freckles on the left side.

2) Look at your jawline.

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The color should also be similar to your cheek. If you see a difference between your cheeks and jaw, it is indicated that you might have yellow or golden undertones in your skin.

3) Take a look at your inner wrist

The color there should be similar to the color on both sides of your face. That indicates warm undertones in your skin. If not, you have cool undertones instead.

The most important step in deciding your skin color is to compare the two sides of your face. If both sides match, then you have warm undertones. If there is a difference in skin tone on the right and left side of your face, that indicates you might have cool or neutral undertones.

If you do not see any color difference between the two sides of your face, that does not mean you do have warm undertones at all. There are some cases when this may happen.

For example: Your skin color is darker on one side than the other, but it does not have any redness or darkness compared to the other side of your face.

How to get the best concealer color for your skin type

Use these tips to help you choose the right color for your skin:

  1. Determine if you have warm or cool undertones on your cheeks and face in general.
  2. If you have redness or darkness, use a concealer that matches that tone.
  3. Apply the concealer to the parts of your face where you think it is needed and blend it with a brush or your fingers until it is well blended and there are no obvious lines of demarcation between the concealer and your skin tone. Use a little moisturizer before applying if you need extra moisture underneath the concealer area.
  4. Try to match your natural undertone in the foundation with your concealer tone.
  5. Consider using a color-correcting concealer as they are usually used to neutralize redness and darkness on your face, which is the most common issue with skin tone issues.
  6. Choose a tinted moisturizer that is the same tone as your skin or lighter if you need extra moisture. Apply the moisturizer with your fingers or use a brush to make the application smooth and even on both sides of the face for better results.

Looking good is a combination of the right makeup application, hairstyle, and personal style. However, choosing the right concealer color can make a difference in how you look.

Remember to determine your undertone before choosing the concealer color that is best for your skin.