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Your complete guide to color correcting with concealers

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You want me to put green concealer where? Don’t worry, color correcting isn’t as scary as it seems. We all know it’s virtually impossible to wake up in the morning without discoloration somewhere on your skin, it’s natural. Color correcting can actually smooth out your skin tone with just a few extra steps added to your makeup routine. We have put together a full guide on how, why and where to color correct depending on your skin tone. Don’t worry—it’s easy. When foundation isn’t enough, brightly colored concealers come to the rescue.

Color theory

Color wheel guide

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When looking at a color wheel, colors that are on the opposites sides of the wheel are the important ones we are focusing on. For example, across from the color red you will see green. Therefore, green cancels out red. With this revolutionary knowledge, you can choose concealers that will cancel out the unwanted colors you see on your skin tone.

How to apply

The key to applying colorful concealers is to apply a thin layer. If you apply too much product, the color will actually show throughout your foundation instead of canceling out the discoloration. Simply dab the concealer over any problem areas with a concealer brush first. Then, use your finger to warm up the product and spread it out in a thin layer. Less really is more here. So which colors should you use for what?

Green

Green concealer can be used to cancel out redness. Areas like around your nose (as women tend to get red here often), on your cheeks, your nose, or any other blemishes you might be battling can be neutralized by the green color. Remember to apply a thin layer so you don’t look sick.

Here are some of our favorites:

Violet

Violet concealer can be used to counteract yellowish undertones, sallowness in the skin, and also simply brighten up any dull areas. While this color is not the most often used, it can be really helpful for days when you’re looking tired or you’ve been feeling sick. A bit of brightness is just what your skin needs. Dab the color only over the places you find to be dull, and remember to blend it out really well.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Red

This one is the most intense of them all. Red concealer will be able to cancel out any blue/green colors under your eyes after a night of no sleep. However, if you have very fair skin it might be smart to skip this one. The deep red tone could be too harsh on your eyes, and actually have the opposite affect you’re going for. This color will work extremely well on medium to deep skin tones. Dab on a THIN layer of the red concealer under your eyes, and also into your inner corners. Your under eyes are not an area that you want to cake product on, especially since you will be applying foundation and concealer shortly.

Here are some of our favorites:

Peach

Peach toned concealer will work the same way red ones do, but for more fair skinned ladies. The lighter tone will cancel out those blue under eye circles without being too overwhelming to your skin tone. Follow the same method as above with the red concealer.

Here are a few of our favorites:

After you’ve applied a full face of colorful clown makeup, it’s time to follow your normal foundation routine. However, make sure to use a beauty sponge to blend in your foundation rather than a brush. Using a brush could make the colored concealer blend into your foundation, making your face look like a whole mess of pigment. A beauty sponge will push the foundation into your skin, allowing the concealer underneath to be undisturbed and do its job accordingly.

Color correcting could allow you to use less foundation also, as the concealer covers a lot of what the foundation originally would. If you have time in the morning, or want to color correct for a special event, just a few more steps in your makeup routine can even out your skin tone like never before.

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Lauren is a part-time editorial and graphic contributor at 301 Digital Media who has a strange obsession with cats and a love for Drake that will never be reciprocated. Follow her on Instagram: @lpetermeyer