How to Use Color Correcting Makeup

It’s no secret that we could not survive without concealer—the cosmetic weapon that covers a multitude of sins, from a late night out to unsightly blemishes and beyond. But while we’ve always touted the benefits of our beloved concealer, we thought it was high time we delve into one of concealer’s most astonishing talents: color correction.

Yes, some concealers have the power to correct colors like purple undereye bags and bright red acne flare ups. If color correcting concealers are slightly outside of your comfort zone, don’t fret—we put together this guide to breakdown everything you need to know.  

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What's a color corrector?

Color correcting concealers are designed to hide skin imperfections like redness, sallowness, and general discoloration. They’re particularly good for anyone with dark circles, scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.

Most slight skin discoloration issues can be managed by your foundation and concealer, but if you're seeking perfection, a color correcting concealer under your foundation will do the trick! They’re especially formulated to tackle those tricky areas.

But, there are so many colors.

Choosing the right color correcting concealer for you comes down to two things: color and consistency. If you have an extreme case of discoloration, you'll need a heavier product with a more intense hue. To even out mild to moderate discoloration you'll want a sheerer formula in a softer hue.

When confused about what color to get, refer to the color wheel: Complementary colors, or opposites on the color wheel, cancel each other out.

1. Green Color Correctors

Green corrects extreme redness such as birthmarks, rashes, skin sensitivities, etc. Use sheerer formulas for moderate redness. Green is great for angry red acne marks. Just be careful to not deposit too much product on the spot. You don’t want it too look caked on or it will just draw attention to it.

2. Yellow Color Correctors

Yellow corrects pink and mild red hues. Unless you have extreme redness, use yellow over green to correct issues such as broken capillaries or mild sensitivities. Yellow is great for redness around the nose and mouth. Just use a light tough and blend well!

3. Pink Color Correctors

Pink corrects yellow and mild green hues, brightening overly olive, sallow skin. Very light shades of pink are also great for highlighting! Sweep some on the cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes.

4. Orange & Peach

Wondering what color corrects dark spots? Orange and peach correct blue hues, under eye circles, dark spots caused by aging or sun damage, and brightens deeper skin tones. Orange is great for covering up a blue bruise, while lighter shades of orange, like peach, are better for covering a more mild case of the blues.

Use a peach for your undereye circles. It will instantly lift your face, making you look like you got a full eight hours of sleep even if you only got five.

5. Violet, Purple & Blue

Violet and blue neutralizes yellow and orange hues, corrects dark spots and hyper-pigmentation and overly orange (think self-tanner) skin. If you have any yellow spots to conceal, choose a purple hue. If you are insecure about yellow tones in your whole face, mix in a little lilac concealer with your primer and apply under your foundation.

Product Recommendations: NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Powder, Urban Decay Naked Skin, YSL Touche Éclat, NYX Professional Makeup Conceal, Corect, Contour Palette

OK, how do I apply it?

Once you’ve got your product, keep in mind that less is more! Once you've applied the proper color corrector, press (don't swipe) foundation and then concealer with a makeup sponge. This will ensure that the color correcting concealer has stayed where you put it. And only use corrector where you need it.


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