How to Use a Color Correcting Concealer — And Which One Is Right for You

July 17, 2020
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Use Color Correcting Concealer — And Which One Is Right For You

From hiding evidence of a late night to minimizing blemishes, concealer is our cosmetic secret weapon. While a regular, skin-toned concealer can do wonders on its own, a color correcting concealer can work even more magic. You can use a peach one to all but erase under-eye circles and a green one to tone down red acne flare-ups. Because there are so many shades to choose from, using one can be a little confusing. In this guide, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about color correcting concealers, including how to choose the shade that’s right for you. 

What Is a Color Correcting Concealer?

Color correcting concealers are designed to neutralize skin imperfections like redness, sallowness and general discoloration. And while some mild skin discoloration issues can often be covered with your foundation and classic concealer, wearing a color correcting concealer underneath your foundation can give you the complete coverage you’re looking for. 

How Do I Apply a Color Correcting Concealer and Does It Go Under Foundation?

Once you have your product, keep in mind that less is more. Apply the proper color corrector on any desired areas or spots and then press (don't swipe) your foundation onto your face. If more coverage is needed, 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. When determining 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. Read on for a full breakdown of each shade. 

How to Use Green Color Correctors

The color green can help correct red spots such as birthmarks, rashes or acne. If you struggle with 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, we recommend trying a full-coverage formula, like the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Creator in Green to help counteract those bright red hues. 

How to Use Yellow Color Correctors 


Yellow corrects pink and very subtle red hues. Use a yellow concealer to minimize 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. To try it out for yourself, use the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette — it has every color you need in an easy to use compact.


How to Use 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 high points of your cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes. We love the Pacifica Blemish Banish Concentrated Mineral Correcting Creams. The palette conveniently includes green and yellow shades, too. 

How to Use Red, Orange and Peach Color Correctors

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. For those with deeper skin tones, we recommend the Dermablend Quick Fix Color-Correcting Concealers in Red. The powder-to-cream formula absorbs and dries quickly so you don’t have to wait to apply your foundation. 

How to Use Purple and Blue Color Correctors

Purple and blue concealers help neutralize yellow and orange hues, correct dark spots and hyperpigmentation and help tone down overly orange (think too much 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 lilac concealer, like the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Lavender, with your primer and apply under your foundation.

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