If you’re even remotely active on social media, you must have come across clown contouring and all of its awkward glory. While this technique might look like a circus show, it’s actually quite useful. Now, we’re not saying you have to highlight and contour yourself into a real-life rainbow, but the magic of color-correcting makeup is very, very real. And if you have so much as a sunspot, surprise pimple or a regular case of the dreaded dark circles, we recommend you read on.
What It Is
You’ve probably witnessed the sea of brightly colored concealers while walking down the makeup aisle, ranging from bright green and salmon pink to even lavender. Well, these aren’t strange shades of blush, they’re actually color correctors. The vibrant hues actually work according to the rules of the classic color wheel. Think back to your middle school art class days when you learned that the colors located across from each other were complementary colors — or in the case of color correcting, they cancel one another out. For example, the color green neutralizes the color red (like a pimple!). And yellow conceals violet and blue (such as broken capillaries or bruises).
Once you’ve blended using your makeup sponge, layer on your go-to foundation and concealer. And that’s that! We know it’s a little extra work, but what’s one more step if you can literally make your skin troubles disappear?
So, here’s the lowdown:
Green: Used to neutralize redness (rosacea, irritation, acne, birthmarks, rashes)
Yellow: Hides blue or purple tones (bruises, broken capillaries, age spots)
Purple: Eliminates unwanted yellow undertones (dull complexion, dark spots, old bruises)
Pink: Masks signs of fatigue (sallow skin, dark circles)
Orange: Hides deep discoloration on darker skin tones (dark spots, sun damage, acne scars)
Blue: Used to neutralize orange discoloration (hyperpigmentation, sun spots, self-tanner stains)
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