How To Use Orange Concealer

by Gio
how to use orange concealer

Have you ever used an orange concealer?

Ranging from bright orange to subtler apricot, from salmon to peach hues, orange concealer are a must to counteract any blue tones in the skin. Here’s what I mean:

What Are The Benefits Of Orange Concealer?

Orange concealer has three main jobs:

1. Orange Concealer Hides Dark Circles

Dark circles are the bane of women’s existence. Usually, a yellow-toned or even flesh-toned concealers are enough to hide them. But, what if you have an olive skintone or just really bad, really dark circles with bluish undertones? That’s when orange concealers come in. They’re more effective way of covering them up than your flesh-toned concealers.

2. Orange Concealers Counteract Ashiness

Do you have a medium or dark skintone that looks somewhat ashy? Dab some orange-toned (peachy shades work best) on your face to counteract it. Does your skin have golden undertones? Peachy concealers will brighten it up and give it that beautiful, natural glow.

3. Orange Concealers Hide Dark Spots

Orange concealers are very handy even for those who have spots on their skin. No, I’m not talking about pimples, but age spots, hyperpigmentation and even freckles. One swipe of an orange-toned concealer will be enough to hide, or at least greatly reduce, their appearance.

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What Are The Best Orange Concealers?

  • Giorgio Armani Master Corrector 2 ($40.00): available at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • MAC Studio Fix Conceal And Correct Palette (£30.00): available at MAC Cosmetics

Have you ever used orange concealer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.



Vonvon December 22, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Great information, gio!

beautifulwithbrains December 22, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Vonvon, thank you!

makeup morsels December 22, 2010 - 5:29 pm

yayy I love your concealer information posts 🙂 I use salmon-toned concealer on my dark circles, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s pure orange, but it definitely has some orange tones.

beautifulwithbrains December 22, 2010 - 6:44 pm

Makeup Morsels, I’m glad you do. I still have one more color corrective concealer to discuss. 🙂

I love salmon concealers for dark circles. I was skeptical at first but they really do work wonders. 🙂

makeup morsels December 22, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Out of curiosity, which salmon concealer do you use for your dark circles?

beautifulwithbrains December 23, 2010 - 10:20 am

Makeup morsels, at the moment I’m testing Bobbi Brown Creamy concealer, which is yellow-toned but one of my favouruites salmon concealers is Benefit Erase Paste. It’s one of the very few concealers I’ve tried that really covers up even the darkest, most stubborn dark circles!

Dee December 22, 2010 - 7:32 pm

Nice tips Gio! I’ve personally never used orange-toned concealers, but I’ve seen them in action and I’m amazed! I hear you apply the orange/peach tone concealer under the eye first then your actual concealer right? Do you personally just use the peach concealer on its own?

beautifulwithbrains December 22, 2010 - 8:31 pm

Dee, first I apply an orange-toned concealer and then foundation on top. You could use a flesh-toned concealer on top of the orange one but I find that for me, foundation works better. I don’t think you can use them on your own. Some people may be able to pull them off depending on how orange the foundation is and how dark their skintone is, but it’s rare. They’re usually applied first with a regular concealer or foundation on top. 🙂

Jessica Dee December 22, 2010 - 9:08 pm

oh wow, great tip! definitely gonna try this out. Can you use any powder to set it? Or would that take away from the orange?

beautifulwithbrains December 22, 2010 - 9:14 pm

Jessica Dee, yes, it can be set with powder. Some concealrs actually need that or they will fade.

xin December 23, 2010 - 3:03 am

i do have an orange concealer, it works perfect for covering my dark circles

beautifulwithbrains December 23, 2010 - 8:58 am

Xin, it’s amazing how well they concealer even the most stubborn of dark circles, isn’t it?

Connie De Alwis December 23, 2010 - 8:36 am

I use an orange corrector on dark circles followed by a skin-toned concealer. Didn’t know orange can help cover pigmentation as well! Thanks for sharing

beautifulwithbrains December 23, 2010 - 9:00 am

Connie, I love that combo for dark circles. And you’re welcome. 🙂

Grace December 23, 2010 - 5:03 pm

I LOVE orange concealor!! I have the Laura Mercier product. It works wonders. My circles are bad and a dab of that totally erases it. That is the one beauty product I can’t live without!!!

beautifulwithbrains December 23, 2010 - 7:22 pm

Grace, I love orange concealers too. If one has really bad dark circles, orange concelears really do the trick and cover them up so well. 🙂

dominique January 10, 2011 - 10:16 am

I came across this great info on concealers and I never knew there were different shades. Now my question is where can I purchase an orange concealer at, maybe Mac? Or sephora? I suffer from bad dark circles at a very young age, i dont really wear makeup just the basics (concealer,foundation, some bronzer). I’ve tried a few concealers that don’t do a great job and fades away throughout the day. Please give me some great advice for covering and purchases. Thanks!

beautifulwithbrains January 10, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Domique, I’m glad you found this post useful. I have bad dark circles too so I know how difficult it is to find a good concealer to cover them up. The concealer doesn’t have to be really orange but anything with orange tones (like apricot or salmon) will do. Sephora would be a great place to start. They have Benefit Erase Paste, which is one of the very few concealers that cover everything! It has a thick texture that may not appeal to anyone but it conceals even very dark circles really well. Also Laura Mercier and Makeup Forever have good orange-toned concealers. Hope this helps. 🙂

dominique January 11, 2011 - 6:32 am

Thanks, I will definetly try these suggestions.

beautifulwithbrains January 11, 2011 - 1:01 pm

You’re welcome Dominique.

Nickie February 20, 2012 - 1:07 am

Do you know of any drug store brands that have orange concealer? Thanks!

beautifulwithbrains February 20, 2012 - 9:04 am

Nickie, I’m afraid I don’t know any drugstore brands that make them, sorry. I believe NYX had one but I think it has been discontinued. Some mineral makeup companies may make it at an affordable price though.

Layla December 9, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Hey, im havin trouble finding a good full coverage concealer. I have medium/olive skim and i tried a mac concealer that was kinda orange/yellow i gave it away cuz ir didnt do anything for me. I have purple/pinkish sometimes dark pink under eye darkness and some ashy darkness around my mouth but im having a serious problem finding a concealer and im not getting any useful help from sales associates lol . What do you suggest for my complicated issue ?

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2012 - 10:09 pm

Layla, have you tried Benefit Erase Paste? The consistency is really thick so you’ll have to warm it up with your fingers before applying it, but it covers everything!

Layla December 9, 2012 - 7:05 pm

btw sorry for my typos im using my cellphone

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Layla, no worries.

StarGirl May 29, 2013 - 2:15 pm

I am trying to Clinqiue Orange Brightener and it seems to work the only issue i have is that it does not last the whole day. any suggestions? i thought of setting powder but does press powder do the same thing?

beautifulwithbrains May 29, 2013 - 7:58 pm

StarGirl, yes, a pressed powder would do the trick. 🙂


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