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No one wants to look like a raccoon, but slather the wrong concealer under your eyes and you could end up looking like a circus clown instead. Choosing a concealer that blends with your olive skin tone is a surefire way to look awake, alert and blemish-free all day. The next time you stock up on concealer, know the right products to buy -- this way, you'll never have to worry about mismatched concealer ruining your otherwise sleek and sexy look.
Hold a pink t-shirt up to your face and look in the mirror. Does it make your eyes pop and your skin glow? If not, hold an orange t-shirt up to your face. If you look better next to the pink t-shirt, you have cool undertones. If the orange t-shirt looks better, you have warm undertones. Most olive skin tones have cool undertones, but try the test just to make sure.
Make a makeup sampling kit to take with you to the store. Include makeup remover wipes, a mirror and your current foundation. When you try each foundation, check it out in natural light and try blending it with your foundation to make sure it's a match. If not, wipe it away with makeup remover and start the process again.
Pick a concealer that matches your undertone, but is about one shade lighter than your skin. This will counteract the darkness under your eyes and make acne and other dark imperfections look less noticeable.
Moisturize your entire face before applying concealer, even if you're just trying it at the store. Applying foundation to dry skin makes it look cakey, and you won't get a good look at the way it settles on your skin.
Dot the concealer under your eyes, then use your ring finger to blend the makeup in a gentle patting motion. Follow the same process to cover any acne or red spots on the face. Apply your foundation as you usually would to see how the concealer blends.
Examine your face under both natural and fluorescent light with a mirror. You might notice that the concealer blends perfectly in the store, but looks cakey in the sunlight. If this is the case, try a different brand or shade until you find one that matches your skin.
Ask the makeup counter for samples to take home if you're still not sure which concealer to choose.
If you have sensitive skin, opt for a concealer that's noncomedogenic.