How to Use Color Correcting Concealers Like a Pro
When it comes to makeup techniques that can help perfect the appearance of our complexions, color correcting ranks second to none. If you’re dealing with blemishes, discoloration, under-eye circles and redness, color correcting is a practice you’ll want to try. 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?
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.
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 New York Facestudio Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate.
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 NYX Professional Makeup HD Concealer in Lavender to sallow areas that could use a little correction — such as the outer areas of your face.
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 the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach 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!
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 the NYX Professional Makeup HD Concealer in Green 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.
Yellow: For Under-Eye Circles
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 like the Urban Decay Naked Color Correcting Concealer in Yellow. As lavender’s opposite, yellow-hued color correctors can cancel out the look of purple-colored imperfections, 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.
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 the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Liquid Primer in Blue to target certain areas, or apply a blue color correcting primer for all over correction.
How to Apply Color Correcting Concealers
Now that you’re aware of the colors that cater to various skin concerns, let’s debrief 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.
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!
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