Why Does My Concealer Looks Ashy?

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Have you ever wondered why your concealer sometimes decides to go all “ashy” on you, as if it’s auditioning for a black-and-white movie? It can be incredibly frustrating when you’re trying to achieve that flawless, radiant complexion, but your concealer has other plans. Fear not, though, because there are reasons behind this makeup mystery, and I’m here to spill the beans. So, grab your makeup brushes and let’s decode the secrets of ashy concealer together!

8 Reasons Behind Concealer Looking Ashy And Grey

Concealer can sometimes appear ashy on the skin for a few reasons. It becomes more noticeable if it doesn’t match your skin tone or isn’t applied correctly. Here are some common reasons for ashy concealer and how to prevent it:

  1. Wrong undertone: Concealers come in various undertones, such as warm, cool, or neutral. If your concealer has the wrong undertone for your skin, it can appear ashy. Make sure to choose a concealer with the correct undertone that matches your skin. Warm undertones typically suit olive or golden-toned skin, cool undertones are better for pink or blue-toned skin, and neutral undertones work for those with a mix of undertones.
  2. Incorrect shade match: Using a concealer that is too light or too dark for your skin tone can result in an ashy appearance. The concealer should match your skin tone as closely as possible. Test shades on your jawline or wrist in natural light before purchasing.
  3. Dry skin: Ashiness can also be more noticeable on dry or flaky skin. Ensure your skin is well-moisturized before applying concealer. Use a hydrating primer or a moisturizer suitable for your skin type to create a smooth canvas.
  4. Lack of color correction: Sometimes, ashy tones can be due to underlying skin discoloration or dark circles. To counteract this, use a color corrector before applying concealer. For instance, use a peach or orange corrector to neutralize blue or purple undertones.
  5. Heavy application: Applying too much concealer or using a thick, creamy formula can lead to an ashy appearance, especially if it’s not properly blended. Use a small amount of concealer and blend it well into your skin using a makeup sponge or brush. Build up coverage if necessary.
  6. Setting with the wrong powder: If you use a setting powder that is too light or has a strong white cast, it can make your concealer look ashy. Choose a setting powder that matches your skin tone or is translucent.
  7. Lighting: The lighting you’re in can affect how your makeup appears. Always check your makeup in natural light to ensure it looks natural and not ashy.
  8. Product quality: Some concealers may oxidize or change color throughout the day, leading to an ashy appearance. It’s essential to choose high-quality concealers from reputable brands.