Are you trying to hide those blemishes and skin imperfections with concealer? Well, get ready to toss your boring brown concealer in the trash. The current trend is the color-correcting concealers that come in a variety of different hues, all targeting different skin types and problem areas.
As kids, we were all taught about the color wheel in elementary school. The color opposites to each other on the wheel cancel each other out. For example, on the color wheel, green is opposite to the color red. So, using the color wheel as a guide, green concealer would help cover up red, blotchy spots from acne or even eczema.
Before you decide which shade of colored concealer to use, you have to consider if your skin is fair, medium or dark in tone. Your skin type (normal, oily dry, combination) also factors into how the concealer works on your skin. Using the wrong shade of concealer can wear through the foundation to make it visible to the eye.
If you have fair or darker skin, you can use pink concealers to help with dark circles and other under-eye blemishes.
Peach-hued correctors work best with olive and tan complexions.
Green and yellow concealers are considered universal shades that will work with any skin type and tone.
Similarly, the color concealers that are in cream form also work with each of the different skin types. Dry and oily skin benefit from liquid concealers. You can also use more than one shade to correct several issues at once, such as an acne breakout and dark spots.
You may need to use one color at the nose and mouth area for hiding redness and another hue concealer at the forehead. Your skin issues might change from day-to-day, as well. You can purchase the color concealers as multi-colored wheel so you have the necessary hue on hand.
How to use color correcting concealers
You’ve figured out which shades to use for your skin type, tone and problem. Now you need to learn how to apply the concealer correctly. If you use too much concealer, your face can look very different from how you intended. If the concealer isn’t allowed to set before you apply foundation, the color of the concealer can leak through the foundation.
Before applying the concealer, you should moisturize your skin. You can use a sponge or makeup brush to apply the color corrector. Use your fingertips to massage the concealer into your skin, but only apply it directly to the problem area that you are trying to cover. Unlike traditional concealer, the color concealers shouldn’t be used all over the face. Your regular foundation is then applied on top of the concealer.
When you first decide to try the color concealers, you can start with using one or two shades in under-eye areas instead of your normal concealer. As with regular concealer, the best way to apply the color corrector is by tiny dots of the corrector on the problem area and then blending it into your skin. This will give your tired eyes a fresh look.
If you’re not sure of your problem areas, closely examine your face in natural light. The purpose of the concealer is to cover shadows and blemishes. You also want to make sure you’re using the right shade of the shade you’ve chosen. Sounds confusing, but that just means that if your skin is fair, you want to choose the fairest shade of the chosen color concealer.
Remember — you can always simply wash it off if you don’t like the look of the color concealer.
Color concealers come in green, yellow, purple, pink, peach, white and neutral shades. What can the different hues camouflage on your skin type?
What is the green color concealer for?
According to the color wheel, green cancels out red.
Acne scars, pimples, head colds symptoms – those issues can all cause redness in your nose and cheek areas. A green color correcting concealer can help hide all of those and even sunburn!
The green pigmentation of the colored concealer neutralizes the angry red tint of skin breakouts and camouflages other blemishes.
Try this green color concealer:
Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer Adjust – Green by Smashbox
What is the yellow color concealer for?
Consulting the color wheel, yellow is directly across from purple. That means yellow color correctors hides dark circles caused by tiredness, dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation and even small purple bruises.
For dark skin tones, the yellow concealer can target brown problem areas, such as birthmarks. It can also damage from sun exposure on the cheeks.
If you have a neutral skin tone, you can even use the concealer as eyeshadow base in a pinch.
Try this yellow color concealer:
Benefit Cosmetics Life's Little Correctors Color Correcting Kit Lemon aid
What is the pink color concealer for?
Pink is a combination of red, orange and yellow. According to the color wheel, those colors are across from blue, purple and green.
For darker skin tones, this concealer is great for canceling out dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation. The corrector can also cover up the dark circles from being overtired.
For olive skin tones, the concealer can brighten the skin and give it a radiant look.
Try this pink color concealer:
bareMinerals Multi-Taskers Bisque
What is the purple color concealer for?
The purple color concealer is across from yellow on the color wheel. It cancels out yellow and shallow tones.
The smashbox brand primer can help close pores, giving you brighter, fresh skin.
It also works to hide liver (age) spots caused by hyperpigmentation. Any yellowing of the skin can be corrected with the purple color concealer.
Try this purple color concealer:
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing
What is the peach color concealer for?
The peach concealer is a shade of peach and orange that cancels out blue and purple hued skin problems. Dark circles are their main target. This color concealer works best on medium skin to neutralize blueish shadows.
Try this peach color concealer:
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer, Peach Corrector
What is the Orange color concealer for?
If you have fair skin, orange concealers won’t work the best on your face. Orange color concealers work great for dark skin tones to hide dark circles and deep hyperpigmentation.
However, the orange concealer can be effective at contouring fair skin tones.
Try this orange color concealer:
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick
What is the white color concealer for?
If you’re confident in your makeup skills, white concealer can be used to contour and highlight certain areas of the face. If applied to the cheekbones, it can give your cheeks more definition and color. When applied to the corners of your eyes, it can make your eyes pop and also make eyes appear less tired. It can also be applied under the brow bone as a subtle highlighter.
Used as a concealer, it can hide dark circles under the eyes and neutralize skin discoloration caused by hyperpigmentation.
Try this white color concealer:
Bobbi Brown New Creamy Concealer Kit – Porcelain
What about a Neutral Color Concealer?
If you’re one of those rare people without blemishes, you can use any neutral colored concealer. Any type will hide the stray pimple. Be sure to choose the shade closest to your skin tone or a shade lighter.
Try this neutral color concealer:
ABASSKY Full Coverage Cream Concealing Foundation Concealer Makeup Silky Smooth Texture