It’s no secret that we couldn’t survive without concealer. From late nights out to blemishes, it's our cosmetic weapon that covers a multitude of sins. Out of all of the benefits of our beloved concealer, however, 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. That's why we put together this guide that breaks down everything you need to know about color correcting concealers, including how to choose which one is right for you.
What Is Color Corrector Concealer?
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 Do I Apply a Color Correcting Concealer?
Once you have your product, keep in mind that less is more. After applying the proper color corrector, press (don't swipe) 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, we recommend trying a full-coverage formula, like the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Creator in Green 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. 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.
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. We love the Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Pen in Pink. The click packaging is super portable and the cushion applicator ensures a smooth, airbrushed finish.
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. For those with deeper skin tones, we recommend the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette in Medium/Dark Shift. It’s a cream and powder palette with the perfect orange and red hues for covering dark circles and spots.
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, like the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Lavender, with your primer and apply under your foundation for everyday use.