How To: Color Correcting Concealer

How to Use Color Corrector

A lot of of people always ask me this question..How in the world do you use the color corrector?!…And there is nothing way more gross than waking up to a nasty, unwelcomed blemish.

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Well let’s go through the basics first.

Color Corrector is mainly used to target blemishes and imperfections of the skin using color hues such as Green, Pink, Yellow, Lavender, Orange, Peach & Neutral.

So we have to think of makeup like a form of art on a canvas. Well, remember learning about the color wheel in elementary school art class?  Way back when, we learned how colors directly across from another cancels the other out. For Example, red is across from green on the color wheel. The color green will neutralize the color red, which is why green concealer works best to cover red acne blemishes. Simply by referring to the color wheel we can learn how to make those problem areas go away.

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Now that we have our art lesson out of the way, I’ll get into some of the colors and what they can do to hide some of those pesky blemishes we all hate waking up to.

PINK/PEACHOkay, so maybe pink isn’t the best color to describe this group. It’s more like salmon or peach. These are ideal for brightening around the eye area and masking signs of fatigue. This particular concealer color is a mixture of red, orange, and yellow hues, which arso work well to cover raccoon eyes and to give sallow olive tones skin a much needed radiance. e across from the blue, purple, and green hues on the color wheel. That’s why this color is best to combat dark under eye circles. Since it’s a great brightening agent.

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LAVENDER/BLUEBest suited for eliminating any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin. People with a pasty, dull, yellow complexion will love how a purple concealer or primer adds a beautiful glow to their face. As you probably guessed, purple is directly across from yellow on the color wheel. To remove yellow tones from your entire face, consider a color correcting purple primer. If you’re looking to conceal yellow spots, a spot concealer is best.

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YELLOW: Perfect for hiding purple or blue bruises, veins, and under eye circles, so it’s no surprise yellow is right across from purple on the color wheel. Yellow concealers are typically the most general, and are great for evening out skin tone to give a bright base for your foundation. Depending on your skin tone, they can also be a perfect as an eye shadow base if you don’t have a eye primer handy.

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GREENAs I just mentioned, the color green neutralizes the color red, which is why green concealers are wonderful for getting rid of any redness on your face. Use a green based spot concealer to remove redness from an annoying zit, or any acne scars. If you have widespread redness, (rosacea, windburn or sunburn), then a color correcting green primer will be best to significantly reduce redness and give an even toned base for flawless foundation application.

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ORANGE/REDFor all of you with lighter skin tones, you will want to stay away from orange concealers for the most part. The exception? If you’re doing facial contouring and need something that can work as a liquid bronzer. Other than that, this color is perfect for people with darker skin tones looking to hide dark circles or other spots with deep discoloration.

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NEUTRAL: If you’re one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have too many problem areas to hide, this will work fine for you. Any regular concealer should work to veil little imperfections or the occasional pimple. Just choose a shade similar to your skin tone, or one shade lighter, and you’re all set. This is also the best kind of concealer to use as a primer for making your lipstick last all day and night.

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WHITE: It can be intimidating if you’re not sure how to properly use them. If you’re not careful, you can easily end up looking like Powder from the movie… well, Powder. So, to avoid looking like a sick hospital patient, be sure to use white concealers for highlighting areas on your face. For instance, when you’re highlighting and contouring your cheek bones, dab a little on your upper cheek bones, right under your eyes, blending outward towards your ears. You can also use this in the inner and outer corners of your eyes to appear more awake, under your brow bone for a subtle brow highlight, down the middle of your nose and in your cupid’s bow for a perfectly highlighted face.

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Have you used any color correcting concealers? Which ones are your favorites?      

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