Dealing with pesky, unsightly blemishes on your skin, like discoloration, under-eye circles, or redness? The good news is you can achieve complexion perfection by using this one simple makeup trick: color correction. Ahead, we break down the different colors and how each can help camouflage your skin concerns!
When it comes to makeup techniques that can help perfect the appearance of our complexions, color correcting ranks second to none. If you haven’t already hopped onboard the color correction train, there’s no better time than now! Ahead we share a color correction roadmap to help guide you through how to use—and where to use—your color correcting concealers!
What Is Color Correction?
For those of you who are unfamiliar, color correction is a makeup technique that gives a nod to the color wheel. Those same colors that complement one another when paired also help to neutralize one another when mixed. Meaning those areas of redness, sallowness, or darkness on your complexion can be concealed easily with a few swipes and dots to help create a more even-looking skin tone.
The best part about this popular makeup technique—aside from covering up unwanted blemishes and skin imperfections, of course—is that it’s so easy to incorporate these tricks of the trade into any beauty routine! We spill the deets on what colors cancel each other out, plus how to use color correction in your daily makeup application to get flawless-looking skin, in our color correcting concealer guide ahead.
LAVENDER: FOR YELLOW UNDERTONES
Neutralize the look of yellow undertones and sallowness on light to medium skin tones with a purple or lavender-colored concealer. On the color wheel, purple and yellow are opposites, meaning that both colors can neutralize the appearance of each other. When blended underneath a skin-colored concealer, these pastel shades can help to create a more radiant-looking complexion. To incorporate a lavender concealer into your daily makeup application, apply the concealer to sallow areas that could use a little correction—such as the outer areas of your face, shown above.
What To Use: NYX Professional Makeup HB Photogenic Concealer Wand in Lavender
PEACH: FOR DARK CIRCLES AND DISCOLORATION
Mask the appearance of pesky dark circles and dark spots on darker skin tones with a peach-colored concealer or orange-hued color correcting concealer. To do so, simply apply your favorite peach-colored concealer to the delicate skin under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and blend outward with a beauty blending sponge. Follow up with a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone in that same upside-down triangle and voilá!
What To Use: Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach
GREEN: FOR REDNESS
Covering up breakouts can prove to be quite the challenge—luckily, with a green-colored color correcting concealer, it is not an impossible task. Camouflage red-hued breakouts, blemishes, broken blood vessels, and all over redness with a green concealer! On the color wheel, green and red are opposites so, they cancel each other out. Applying a green concealer to a pesky pimple or red-colored blemish can make makeup application a piece of cake. If you experience all over redness, try mixing a little bit of your favorite green concealer into your daily face makeup and apply. If you wish to cover up a blemish or two, simply apply the elixir to the affected area and blend with a beauty blending sponge. Follow up with your favorite foundation.
What To Use: NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand in Green
PINK: FOR DULLNESS
Does your fair to light complexion appear dull? Brighten things up with a light pink color correcting concealer or makeup primer. Pink can create the illusion of brighter-looking skin, specifically under the eyes. So the next time your skin needs a little extra radiance, apply a pink color correcting concealer to the delicate skin around your eyes, your forehead, your chin, and anywhere else that may look dull or show signs of fatigue. If you experience all over dull skin, you can either mix a small amount of pink concealer to your daily face makeup and apply or pick up a pink color correcting primer, such as Maybelline’s Facestudio Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate.
What To Use: Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate
YELLOW: FOR UNDER-EYE CIRCLES AND BRUISES
Whether you have a lackluster complexion, or are looking to cancel out dark, purple-colored blemishes and imperfections, reach for a yellow color correcting concealer or powder. As lavender’s opposite, yellow-hued color correctors can cancel out the look of purple-colored imperfections—hello, bruises—reduce the appearance of purple-colored dark circles, and brighten the look of lackluster skin. Use it under your eyes, on your eyelids on your forehead, and on your chin for an illuminated, more even-looking skin tone.
What To Use: NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Powder in Banana
BLUE: FOR SALLOWNESS
Blue color correcting concealers and primers are like the physical version of that “cool it down” filter on your favorite photo editing app. These cool-toned color correctors cancel out sallowness (or skin that appears to be yellowing) and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation on fair skin tones. You can use a light blue-colored concealer to target certain areas, or apply a blue color correcting primer for all over correction, as we show in the graphic, above.
What To Use: NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Liquid Primer in Blue
CARAMEL: FOR ASHINESS OR BROWN-COLORED BLEMISHES
Good news: If you have a warmer skin tone that experiences ashiness or brown-colored blemishes, you can cancel it all out with a caramel-colored concealer! What’s more? Light to medium skin tones can use a caramel-hued concealer (or bronzer) to give their complexion a little contour by sculpting and shaping their jawline, nose, chin, and more.
What To Use: Maybelline Facestudio Master Camo Color Correcting Kit
HOW TO APPLY A COLOR-CORRECTING CONCEALER
Now that you’re aware of the colors that cater to various skin concerns, let’s brief on how best to apply these concealers onto your skin.
Step #1: Apply a color corrector after primer and right before makeup and concealer application. This helps create a nice canvas for products to follow.
Step #2: Next, apply your color corrector of choice, either dabbing the formula on key areas with a damp beauty blender, applicator wand, or by simply using your fingers to blend with a concealer brush.
Step #3: Go ahead and blend the product well.
Step #4: Follow up with a coat of BB cream or foundation, and top it off with your favorite concealer that matches your skin color. Set it in place with powder, and you’re all set!