Colour-Correcting Concealer Guide
When it comes to sun spots, blemishes and age spots, we sometimes wish for a magic wand to make them magically disappear. Abracadabra! Did you know that with the right techniques and know-how, certain colour correctors can make life a little easier if applied correctly before concealer.
You may currently be familiar with concealer, however colour correctors are used in different ways. While concealers are mainly used to cover blemishes and breakouts, they don’t do the full job of covering deeper concerns - colour correctors can help more specific concerns in a more specific way.
The first step in finding the right colour-correcting concealer is to address your skin concern:
- Do you have purple bags under your eyes?
- Do you have redness?
- Do you have discolouration?
Once you’ve pinpointed what you would like to cover up, think about your skin type and how much coverage you need. More severe cases will call for a heavier product, while moderate-to-mild cases will require a more sheer product.
Here are the major colours you'll find and what they address:
Using a green colour corrector works best to counterbalance redness. Redness is most common to blemishes and breakouts, rashes and other skin sensitivities.
If you have fair skin and hair, yellow correctors help add warmth to dark blood vessels. Yellow can also be used for covering dark spots and can be really pretty under the eyes for extra brightening underneath concealer.
When we’re worn out and overworked but don’t have time to relax and catch up on sleep, pink correctors add luminosity to skin and brighten your tired skin. It is also great for dark circles and spots for fairer skin tones.
The orange/peach tones work best for medium-to-dark skin tones, helping cover up dark spots, under-eye circles and signs of aging. Using this hue underneath the eyes will help brighten up your face and make you look well-rested.
Red can best be used to cover up stubborn dark circles, bruises and tattoos. When you have a tattoo that needs to be covered for work, or that ugly bruise won’t disappear, using a red colour corrector and then foundation or concealer to match your skin will work like magic!
Purple is best for combatting yellow undertones and brightening skin. Use a purple primer to remove yellow tones from your entire face or use a spot concealer to hide yellow spots.
When Should I Apply Colour Corrector?
Now that you know which colours you want to try, it’s time to apply. With all the primers, concealers, foundations, powders and bronzers, when should the colour corrector be applied? They should be applied before foundation as a primer, so that you don’t have to use as much foundation. Apply colour correctors to the specific areas. For the best natural look, use a synthetic concealer brush or damp sponge to evenly distribute and blend naturally.
When using multiple colours, make sure to only use the colours that you need in the areas that you need; using all the colours won’t give as natural of a look. Use thin layers, as you don’t want your application of foundation to become too heavy. After foundation, you can use your normal, skin-coloured concealer. However, after the colour corrector you may be able to skip this step - Remember, less is more.
How Should I Apply Colour Corrector?
To apply colour correctors like a boss, apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer first, that way you don't have to use as much of the colour correctors as you would if you put them on your makeup-free face. Apply them lightly by patting them on with your clean fingertip, so the warmth of your skin helps them blend into your complexion.
If you have fair skin, you'll most likely be using the palest colours of the shade range when it comes to pinks, yellows, greens, and purples. Use a pale pink under your eyes and around your mouth to cancel out dark shadows. Use a pale green around the nostrils and chin to nix redness, and a lilac colour corrector on cheeks to neutralize any yellow tones.
If you have medium to olive skin, the colour-correcting shades will also most likely be a touch darker than the pastel versions that, say, fair-skinned folks would use. Dot a peach-coloured formula under your eyes. Cancel redness on your cheeks, around the nose, and on the chin with a medium-shade green colour corrector. Erase yellow tones on your forehead and jawline and conceal darkness around your mouth with a brightening purple.
And for deeper skin tones, where someone with pale skin would use light pink under their eyes, a darker-skinned person would use a more orangey peach hue; the same rule goes for the greens, yellows, and purples you might use. Use a purple around your nose to cancel out any yellow. Dab a light green along the tops of your brows, down your nose, and on the sides of your mouth, and eliminate dark shadows with a deep shade of peach.