Beauty Makeup Should Your Concealer Be the Same Shade as Your Foundation? Here's how to pick the right concealer shade. By Erin Lukas Erin Lukas Instagram Twitter Erin is a Brooklyn-based beauty editor and has been with InStyle since 2016. She covers all facets of beauty for the site. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on May 22, 2022 @ 11:15AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: BONNINSTUDIO/Stocksy The order you apply your products isn't the only confusing part of wearing makeup. In the case of foundation and concealer, the shades you pick are more important than the sequence you're using them in. Since foundation and concealer go hand-in-hand, wearing the same shade in both products seems like pretty sound logic (and it is!), but there's also a tiny bit of a catch. According to Emily Cheng, a celebrity makeup artist who works with Yara Shahidi, your concealer should be pretty similar to your foundation shade but with a slightly different undertone, depending on whether you're covering up dark circles, redness, or blemishes. I Get Compliments On My Skin Every Time I Wear This Clean Foundation So how do you know what undertone you need? Cheng says to keep the color wheel in mind when selecting your concealer shade. "I will usually use something warmer to balance out the blue-ish undertones of a dark circle. The same goes for sunspots and scars," she explains. When debating shade options, Cheng recommends trying each of them on the spot you want to conceal, instead of relying on swatching them on your arm or hand. "Do this by a window in natural light. You'll know when you have the right shade when it takes only just a small amount of product to conceal," she notes. VIDEO: Beauty School: How to Properly Cover A Pimple The exception to this guide is if you're using a concealer to contour your features. "I would go a few shades darker, but not pick anything too warm [when picking a contour shade]," says Cheng. "Keep in mind when contouring you are trying to create "shadow," so a few shades darker on the cooler/taupe side." Now, if only smoky eyes were less of an enigma.