How to Choose the Correct Shade of Dermablend

Updated February 21, 2017

Dermablend make-up is a specially designed line of cosmetics that cover skin imperfections that other brands of cosmetics cannot. The brand consists of thick liquid concealer, foundation, powder and several other items to use in the concealing process. Dermablend can completely cover discolourations such as birthmarks, rosacea, spider veins, freckles and even tattoos. The most important step in achieving an invisible coverage is to select the correct shade of Dermablend for the skin.

Visit a store with a make-up counter that sells Dermablend cosmetics. Use the link located in the Resources section below to locate a Dermablend store.

Use the shade selector chart, available at the Dermablend make-up counter, to locate shades close to your skin colour. The shade selector chart is a piece of clear plastic that has several make-up shades on it. Hold each shade over your neck area, look into a mirror and select the two or three that are closest to your natural skin tone.

Use a clean sponge, provided at the make-up counter, to apply one shade to your neck in a 1-inch strip. Test make-up colours on the neck rather than hand, as the neck is closer to the colour of your face.

Apply the other two make-up colours in 1-inch strips beside the first colour.

Walk outside or stand near a window and hold a mirror up to your neck area. Natural sunlight is necessary to determine which shade matches your skin the best.

Examine the make-up shades to determine which is closest to your natural skin colour. The correct shade blends into the skin and is not noticeable.


Always visit a store to purchase make-up so that it can be applied to the skin. The Dermablend website provides a make-up shade selector tool, however, colours on a computer screen are not the same as the actual make-up colours. Visiting a store to test shades is still the best option.

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