How To Lighten Concealer That Is Too Dark For You?

Concealers are like magic erasers that help us cover up dark spots and other skin imperfections. But, if you don’t get the shade right, concealers can add to your problems instead of delivering a flawless look. In this piece, we will show you how to lighten concealer that is too dark for your foundation and get the perfect skin tone.

How To Lighten Concealer

Mix The Dark Concealer With A Lighter Concealer Shade

Many beauticians recommend mixing two different concealer shades to get a more natural look. You can use this technique to create a lighter tone as well. Pick a concealer shade that is lighter than the one you want to dilute. In most cases, the difference between the two concealers should not be more than one or two shades.

Drastically different shades will bring about drastically different results. If you blend white concealer with a dark cocoa shade, you are going to get something totally different. So, you need to know how light you want the new concealer to be so that you can find the right shade to mix it with.  

Take small amounts of both concealers and start mixing them with your fingers or a tiny makeup brush. When the color feels natural and consistent, try the mixture on your wrist. If it goes well with your skin tone, feel free to apply it to your face. If it doesn’t, you need to stir the mixture a bit more.

Add White Foundation To The Concealer

Concealers and foundations are often used together. One of the many perks you would get from mixing foundations and concealers is that they can alter the tone of each other. Do you need your foundation to appear darker or lighter in tone? Mix it with an appropriate concealer shade. It works the other way around as well.

Add some white foundation to the concealer to lighten it. Only add a tiny amount to avoid diluting the concealer too much. If the concealer gets too light, it will leave a ghostly shadow on your skin. Mix the products well, and once it takes on a suitable color, test the concealer on your wrist or neck.

You would not want to put the concealer on your face before testing it elsewhere. If you feel the concealer complexion is yet to reach perfection, you will have to patiently remove every last bit of it from your face. That doesn’t sound fun, does it? So better test it on a small patch of skin beforehand. 

If it seems fine, apply it to your face. Otherwise, keep on mixing till the right color pops up. It should not take more than a few minutes. After applying the final concealer mixture to your face, you can add some loose powder. It will give the concealer a richer texture and help it to stay on longer.

Use Color Correctors

Concealers and correctors serve the same purpose. They hide the less-than-perfect areas of our faces. Concealers come in shades that match our natural skin complexions. Correctors, on the other hand, are more vibrant. They are available in colors like green and yellow, which bear no similarity to human skin shades.

In a nutshell, concealers try to mimic skin color, while concealers attempt to complement it. So, how can you use color correctors to mild out a concealer color? You would only require two shades from the color corrector library. A peach shade would work best for people with fair to medium skin tones. For darker skin, pink would be the ideal choice.

So, the first thing you have to do is to choose the color corrector that is compatible with your skin color. Then, you need to put on the concealer. Apply the color corrector afterward on spots you want to brighten up. Don’t use too much corrector because it could make your skin appear chalky and pigmented.

You should use a makeup brush or a sponge to apply the corrector as it would deliver the best touchup effect. Continue brushing until you get that natural, unblemished look. Finish up with a slight touch of powder for a more permanent effect. It’s not a that lengthy process. You should be done in a few minutes. 

Use A Damp Makeup Sponge

A damp makeup sponge could also help you lighten a concealer. Soak the sponge in water and squeeze it well so that it’s not dripping wet. You need the sponge to have enough moisture, but if it has too much water, it will ruin the texture of the concealer. So, make sure to wring out the extra water before you use the sponge.

The concealer will go first. Don’t use the sponge to apply the concealer; do it using a separate brush. Then, slowly wipe the concealer-applied area. Focus on the spots that appear hyperpigmented. The water molecules in the sponge will help the concealer to blend with your skin even better. Doing so, it will make the concealer color lighter and more natural.

Use Loose Powder

The last concealer lightning trick on our list is the loose powder method. For this purpose, you have to use a powder that feels lighter in comparison to your skin tone. If you have fair to moderately light skin, you should use a powder that has a pink undertone. For others, yellow and orange tints would make more sense.

First, you need to put on the concealer. Then, apply a thin coat of powder over the concealer. You should use a makeup brush instead of a fluffy puff. The puff works better when you want to spread the powder across your face. But when you powder only specific spots, a makeup brush is always a safer bet.

After applying the powder, gently dab a wet sponge in the treated areas so that the powder and concealer mix properly. You should notice a change of complexion immediately. Don’t stop wiping unless the concealer lightens properly. Don’t rush while wiping because it can smudge the concealer instead of diluting it. 

Final Words

So, how to lighten concealer so that you can make those dark circles disappear without looking cakey? Try out any of the tricks we listed above to fix dark concealers and perfect your makeup game.


My name is Maria and I am a beauty blogger and writer. I am passionate about all things beauty, from skincare to makeup. On my blog, I share product reviews, tips, and tricks to help others feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. I strive to create a positive and inclusive space for everyone. Join me on my journey as I discover my unique beauty brand and share it with you.