Out of all of the benefits of your beloved concealer, one of the most life-saving and astonishing abilities is color correcting. That’s right — some concealers have the power to counteract the colors that come from certain skin concerns like purple and blue hues that come with under-eye circles and bright reds that happen with acne flare ups. But figuring out how to use different color correctors can be a little confusing. Here is a guide that breaks down everything you need to know about color correcting concealers, including how to choose which one is right for you.
Color correcting concealers are designed to cover any skin imperfections like redness, sallowness and general discoloration. They are specially formulated to tackle those tricky areas like dark circles, scars, sun damage, dark spots and hyperpigmentation. And while some mild skin discoloration issues can often be covered by your foundation and concealer, wearing a color correcting concealer underneath your foundation will give you the complete coverage you’re looking for.
How to apply a color correcting concealer: Once you have your product, keep in mind that less is more. After applying the proper color corrector, press your foundation onto your face and follow up by applying your skin-toned concealer using a damp makeup sponge. This pressing technique will ensure that the color correcting concealer will stay in place. To avoid makeup that looks cakey, remember to only use correcting concealers on areas where they’re needed.
What color corrector shade is right for me: Choosing the right color correcting concealer comes down to two things: color and consistency. If you have an extreme case of discoloration, you may need a thicker formula with a more intense hue. To even out any mild to moderate discoloration, you can get away with using a lightweight formula that isn’t so intensely pigmented.
If you’re confused about what color to get, refer to the color wheel. Complementary colors, or opposite pairings on the color wheel, cancel each other out which can help to give your face a neutral canvas for applying foundation.
Green color correctors: The color green can help to correct any redness such as birthmarks, rashes and skin sensitivities. If you struggle with an uneven skin tone, like having moderate redness on the cheeks, try opting for a green concealer with a light to medium coverage. For those with more severe redness on their face like acne marks or rosacea, go for a full-coverage formula to help counteract those bright red hues. Just be careful not to put too much product on your blemish because you don’t want it to look cakey or unnatural.
Yellow color correctors: Yellow corrects pink and very subtle red hues. Use a yellow concealer to correct issues such as broken capillaries or mild skin sensitivities. This color is also great for neutralizing common redness that occurs around the nose and mouth. For the best results, apply a small amount onto your hand and blend, blend, blend — and follow with your foundation.
Pink color correctors: Pink hues counteract any yellow and mild green colors. Use a pink concealer to brighten very olive, sallow skin. Very light shades of pink are also great for highlighting. Sweep some product onto the highpoints of your cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes to bring some light and brightness to your face.
Red, orange & peach color correctors: Wondering what color corrects dark spots? Orange, red and peach colors can help correct the blue and purple-ish hues that come from under-eye circles, as well as dark spots caused by aging or sun damage. Consider using an orange concealer for a blue bruise whereas peach is great for covering less pigmented blue blemishes. Lighter skin tones can use peach for covering hyperpigmentation, while deep skin tones may benefit from orange and red shades.
Violet, purple & blue color correctors: Purple and blue concealers help to neutralize any yellow and orange hues, correct dark spots and hyperpigmentation and help tone down overly orange (think self-tanner) skin. If you have any yellow spots to conceal, choose a purple hue. If you are insecure about the yellow tones in your whole face, mix in a little lilac concealer, with your primer and apply under your foundation for everyday use.