How To Use Yellow Concealer

by Gio
guide to yellow concealer

Have you ever used yellow concealer?

FYI, when I say “yellow”, I mean “yellow”. Not beige-yellow or flesh-coloured-yellow. Lemon yellow.

I know, that’s weird, right? Yet, yellow concealer is a precious ally when you’re not feeling too good. Here’s what it does:

What Are The Benefits Of Yellow Concealer?

Yellow concealers do three important jobs:

1. Yellow Concealer Warms Up The Complexion

We all have days when we feel tired, wan and ghastly and our faces show it. But what can we do to hide signs of fatigue? Apply a swipe of yellow concealer or primer, of course! Yellow adds warmth to the skin and makes it look brighter and overall better. Apply it with a light hand on your skin and no one will notice you’re not feeling your best!

2. Yellow Concealer Reduces Pink And Red Tones

Green is not the only color-corrective concealer that can hide redness. Yellow concealers can do that too. So if you have any red spots like acne, scars, rosacea or just blotchy skin, or any other blemishes that’s pink-toned, but not a green concealer at hand, grab a yellow one to hide them.

3. Yellow Concealer Hides Dark Circles

On the color wheel, yellow is right opposite purple and blue, which means it can neutralize these shades. Yellow concealers work very well at hiding (or at least greatly reduce the appearance of) dark circles, which usually have purple and blue undertones. Be careful not too apply too much though, or they can look cakey.

What Are The Best Yellow Concealers?

Have you ever used yellow concealers? Share your experience in the comments below.



Dao November 23, 2010 - 9:08 pm

I used to conceal my dark circles with a yellow concealer but it only works up to a certain point. On Asian skins, it tends to have a reverse-raccoon effect when you apply too much. Therefore, not only you are not covering your dark circles, it can actually look worse.

beautifulwithbrains November 23, 2010 - 9:24 pm

Dao, you are right. Yellow concealer is tricky to use for those with Asian skin. I think a flesh-toned concealer is better in that case. 🙂

Marie November 23, 2010 - 9:36 pm

Yes I use one (from Avene) for dark circles, but now I’ll use also for redness.
Please, what do you think about the “Concealaholic”‘s palette of benefit? Do all the products (that are in it) match with fair skin or not (because of the others colours? I wanted to try in a shop but it was a very old palette as “tester” with all dry, so I wonder if all could be useful if I shop one)? Thanks again!

beautifulwithbrains November 23, 2010 - 9:52 pm

Marie, I have fair skin and was thinking of getting this palette but in the end decided not to cos at least 2 of the colors would have been too dark for me. Lemon Aid, Eye Bright are suitable pale skin and depending on how fair you are, you might even be able to use the lightest one of the two Boi-ing shades in this kit (01 Light, while 02 Medium is way too dark). Also the Erase Paste in no.2 is way too dark for pale skin. Even their palest shade is too dark for me! The palette is a cheap way to try several Benefit concealers at once, but only if you don’t mind not being able to use 2 or 3 shades in it.

Marie November 23, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Ok: Thanks a lot! On the photo, it seems that we have quite similar skintone, so I learn a lot here by reading you, but for this reason it’s a more help to see how make up looks!

beautifulwithbrains November 24, 2010 - 11:25 am

Marie, you’re welcome. Glad I can help. And you’re right, it’s so useful to learn and see what people with a very similar skintone use. 🙂

Connie November 23, 2010 - 11:52 pm

I use a yellow loose powder (Ben Nye Banana Visage and Smashbox Halo) to help neutralize foundations that are looking too pink
Yellow-based concealers are great for concealing dark eye circles but I prefer using an orange corrector underneath

beautifulwithbrains November 24, 2010 - 11:28 am

Connie, that’s a great tip, thanks for sharing.

Orange is another great shade to cover dark cirlces, I agree. And I think it’s great that we have several options to choose from and use to best suit our needs. 🙂

makeup morsels November 24, 2010 - 4:09 am

I think I prefer yellow to green for hiding redness. I use my yellow concealer as an eye primer, I think it works pretty well! Like Connie, I prefer orange/salmon-colored concealers for correcting dark circles. Nice post!

beautifulwithbrains November 24, 2010 - 11:30 am

Makeup morsels, thanks. I like green for redness but sometimes it can look a bit unnatural so a yellow one is a valid alternative. 🙂

xin November 24, 2010 - 8:53 am

hmmm all my concealers are in skin colors, yellow ones are definitely i might want to sample

beautifulwithbrains November 24, 2010 - 11:32 am

Xin, I tend to use mostly flesh-toned concealers as well but it’s nice to have other shades as well to target any particular skin concern one might have. 🙂

Vonvon November 25, 2010 - 6:46 am

Actually, I hardly use concealer, but thanks for the info. Would be useful when I will need it one day. 😉 hopefully not.

Well, at least, I can direct any query from my readers on concealer-related issues here. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains November 25, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Vonvon, I hope you’ll never need it. 🙂 But thanks for redirecting your readers here, I really appreciate it. 🙂

Vonvon November 25, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Awww, gio, thank you for the wish. 🙂
You are welcome.

beautifulwithbrains November 25, 2010 - 3:26 pm

You’re welcome hun. 🙂

Leah November 25, 2010 - 10:31 am

I have really pigmented lips and use a yellow concealer to blank out my lips when I want to do a nude lip.

beautifulwithbrains November 25, 2010 - 3:27 pm

Leah, that’s a great tip. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Stavroula Plag November 28, 2010 - 4:49 pm

Very nice post Gio 🙂 I have a yellow concealer, but I don’t use it lol !


beautifulwithbrains November 29, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Stavroula, thanks. I rarely use mine as well, lol. Only on days when I’m really tired and needs something to brighten up my complexion and make me look decent lol.

Nancy February 29, 2012 - 3:14 am

Can’t find You’re Bluffing by Benefit. Need it desperately for rosacea. Any ideas or comparable products?

beautifulwithbrains March 1, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Nancy, have you thought about using a green concealer? That should cover the redness well.

dms March 24, 2012 - 12:32 am

My best find for rosacea – smashbox green primer all over. i don’t use foundation over it. just the green. does the trick and my large pores don’t really “let” me use foundation bc it “pools” in them and i look like i’m speckled with light dots. Anyway, short story: After cosmetics shopping with my friend, we went to dinner. As usual, my face got incredibly red after one bite of salad. I put the primer on half of my face and my friend was shocked at the difference. LOVE it for that. never tried yellow bc my face is typically bright red and the green worked.

beautifulwithbrains March 25, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Dms, I’m glad you’ve found something that works so well for you. And thanks for sharing. I’m sure other people with rosacea will find it helpful. 🙂

Michelle J Harris March 10, 2013 - 10:12 pm

I am african american with dark under eye circles. I have 2 yellow concealers. I wear it every day. With or without makeup. My friends love it too!!

beautifulwithbrains March 11, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Michelle, I’m glad they work so well for you. 🙂

cathy May 14, 2013 - 5:46 pm

I have tried green before to cover redness, but the thing is, it makes you look pale, really white even, so you need foundation for sure. I am going to try yellow for dark area inside corner of eye. But I did not know yellow would be good for redness too!

beautifulwithbrains May 14, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Cathy, yes, it works quite well for redness too. It’s a great alternative to green concealers, which can often leave a greenish white cast on skin. 🙂

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