Ask IMBB Gang : How To Choose the Right Shade of Concealer


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Jas Asks:
Please solve this for me.
I have been looking for a good concealer, specially for my dark undereye circles. I have read and heard that concealer should be lighter than foundation. I use Mac NC37 Select foundation . Everytime I went to mac store, they told me concealer should be darker. I even ended up buying NC45. But it doesnt work too well specialy on cheek area or around nose. Please help. What should I buy or u think the darker color is fine? Is there some other good concealer i can try? I want to buy one next week for a friends wedding function.

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78 thoughts on “Ask IMBB Gang : How To Choose the Right Shade of Concealer

  1. πŸ™‚ i have been looking for a good kajal that doesn’t really spread as much and doesn’t end up making me look like a RACOON! :-((

    Whoever helps me, gets 5 brownie points 😐
    and a ” πŸ™‚ ”

    ok so shoot.. πŸ˜€

      1. I am thinking Kajal that doesnt smudge would be like water that is not wet!!! You should check Rati’s video on how to wear Kajal and not look like a racoon…I tried it too yesterday and it works…errr..it did till I forgot I had tons of kajal on my eyes and rubbed rubbed…. :-(( :-((

          1. I forgot…and you know that gloss does last longer than the glossimers, doesnt it..I had my khaana and still there was a bit of colour on…and I hadnt put it opaque in the first place…me super impressed..I got Emoi.

      1. Ki..I read a review on that one…its super expensive isnt it? Where do you get it in India…me always read about thsi brand but never seen it…but i guess going by the price thats a good thing!! :-(( :-(( :-((

  2. A darker shade of concealer cuts the green/ purple undertones of your under eye area. Sometimes what happens with lighter shade of concealer is that it it tunes grey making your under eye area look ashy. Now I prefer to use peachy concealer ( the NW range), it kind of warms up the under eye area and doesn’t make the concealer application obvious.

    Now that you have NC 45 what you can do is that you apply the concealer first and then apply the foundation on top. So let’s say if you have a blemish, apply the concealer first and while applying foundation just ensure that you pat your foundation on the concealer rather than rubbing it. If your rub or swipe your brush on the concealer application, you would end up removing the concealer as well.

    They have not given you the wrong shade of concealer , just that they forgot the fact that you are not a professional.

    And for blemishes professionals especially do a spot concealing with a darker shade and then apply foundation on top. If still the blemish is visible they again apply a darker shade and conceal it.

  3. for dark undereye circles choose a shade that is 1 shade lighter than your foundation. The undertone of the concealer depends on the color of your undereye circles. Peachy/Salmon works well with purplish undereye circles.

    You can check my posts here:

    MAC Concealers: NC or NW
    http://shopcoholic.blogspot.com/2010/06/mac-concealers-nc-or-nw.html

    Concealer shade guide
    http://shopcoholic.blogspot.com/2009/10/concealer-shade-guide.html

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
    .-= shopcoholic´s last blog ..My Pink Lipsticks =-.

  4. Rati is correct. Choose the NW option but 1 shade lighter than your foundation. Go to the store on a sunny day and try it in the store. Go shopping after that and notice how it looks after an hour or so. If you think it is not the right option, choose another shade πŸ™‚ .

    That is what I did πŸ˜€ . If I am going to spend that kind of money, I would rather get a perfect match. Don’t trust the makeup artist there because they work on the artificial light. what seems to be a match in that light will not look good on the natural day light.
    .-= Charan´s last blog ..Goodies… =-.

        1. Hehehehee..what did you ask her…we can all gang up against her saying she is ignoring us normal pplss..hehehehe :devil: :devil: where were you super busy is it for some days?? Fathima was actually looking for you πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          1. yes dear…super super busy…brother in law’s wedding this sunday, and work also quite hectic nowadays :-(( …hey why fathima was looking for me??and ya am ready to gang up, Rati is ignoring me too much nowadays!!! :pain:

  5. Shyna..I am a really nice person, and I didnt even ignore you like that evil Rati…so please dont tell me I look some horrid old Malayalam actress and that is why I look familiar to you :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-((

      1. OMG…is a small world..and I am sure one day you will find out that you or your hubby knows my hubby somehow (more probable than knowing me personally) and that you are going to be like ohhhh she is that absolutely evil girl that poor S had to marry!! But dont you believe all that..I am an angel O:-) O:-) O:-) O:-)

              1. no pinangi and all..me scared..you will identify me….my hubby seems to have his classmates scattered all over Kerala…and I dont want my true nature to be revealed here…my angelic nature O:-)

    1. Btw you and Rati used be in the same gang no, and fight against poor Jomol..now wat happened suddenly?Rati………where are u????????are you not listening!! :announce: :announce: :devil:

  6. Fathima was looking for you cos she was really angry that people are meeting left and right :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: to be very accurate…and that she is stuck in Kerala and nobody is there to talk makeup with her…hehehehee..GOD…am really jobless naaa..i seem to know comments so well ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) Anywayss…so I asked her what abt Shyna..and she was wondering where you disappeared and that you do stay near her place and all.

      1. Ohhh…thats so baaad…you were so looking forward to it and so excited naa….never mind…from what I saw of your wedding pic you used to put earlier..you look quite nice without any need for a makeover :-))

          1. Ha ha but only the first comment is valid, i will take that only…dont change your word after all you are a mallu no…stick on to your word!!

  7. I am thinking this IMBB is baaaaaaaaaad…everyone here seems to think they are pretttty and all..I am the only one who is humble. I mean, look at me..so cute but still I never say so myself 😐 😐

    1. Am missing Jomol badly..where is she ?????she would be so happy to see all this… :devil: Oh no why this devil tries to influence me..i used to be such a nice person.. O:-)

      1. Hehehheee…you cannot come to IMBB and remain a nice person…besides…Jomo said I look cute and that she likes me…so me too like her….we both are best friends now.. I would have put Jomo and me hugging but you see..she has found a new lou…Wilbur..so she doesnt lou me..but we are good friends now..hehehehee
        .-= Radhika´s last blog ..Please check my blog- Jomol -D =-.

          1. OMG…………..cant stop laughing yaar :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: poor jomol..but see not fair that you ditched rati n joining with Jomol..bad bad.. :giggle:

            1. Hehehheee…I just love being wicked…but I am usually with Rati…just when Jomo is not around Rati and I keep fighting to waste time and practice sessions πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  8. Oh pls dont say you did…I was so embarrassed – my dad was telling he is going to check my blog and leave comments…I havent posted a single thing after that :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-((

  9. Hey,
    I used Eve Pearl’s Medium/Tan concealer duo and it conceals really well. It’s a duo and perfect for Indian skintones. It’s a bit pricey but really worth it since it’s really moisturizing and has a treatement built in.

  10. Hey Jas,

    The purpose of under eye concealer is to brighten up that area, not to enhance our dark circles, so whoever told you that concealer should be darker than your foundation… Well, they’re wrong.

    Concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation color for your under eye area. Then, you should have another one on hand for the rest of your face. The first reason being consistency (the different areas of your face require different consistencies in concealers to work best), and the second reason being that our faces are not one flat color and we shouldn’t try to make them one flat color.

    MAC has so many great products, but concealer is not their forte. If you can get to a Bobbi Brown counter, try using their Corrector – this will neutralize the dark circles. Then, apply their Creamy Concealer over it. This will brighten your under eye area and make you look awake and energized (and ready to celebrate your friend’s wedding!). Top with a loose powder and you should be set for the whole night.

    By the way, BB also has a great face concealer. The name escapes me, but it comes in a twist up tube. And I recommend them not only for the quality of their products, but also for their wide range of makeup shades for darker women like us. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps!
    .-= Natasha´s last blog ..Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer =-.

  11. Thanks Rati for puttin up my query. Sorry, was Net less for few days, so late reply.

    Thanks all for the replies. Love u guys soo much. :-* Funny thing is, at MAC I asked them if the concealer shade should be lighter, and they gave me a wierd look like i was the lamest person. 😐 Will check out NW shade. I agree with Radhika, I just wish we had BB here.

    and for the kajal, i have used soo many, finally i feel Avon perfect wear stays longest with slight smudging only. I tried Bourjors Khol in brown after reading review here, it hardly smudged. I think i may have found a new love for it.

    Cheers :-))

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