I remember when I was a kid, my mum had a green concealer stick. I knew what concealer was, but just couldn’t quite work out how putting something green on your face would help anything, unless you were trying to look like the Wicked Witch of the West. Curious as ever, I was guilty of trying to work out how to use it but had no luck. Fast forward many years and I haven’t picked up colored concealer since!
But on the wave of contouring and highlighting, and as we are all getting just a bit more makeup savvy, color correcting is slowly becoming a thing again. So what exactly is it?
The three classic shades for color correcting are green, yellow and pink (you might also find orange and purple, as well as your classic neutral concealer shades). A professional concealer wheel will boast all of these colors. Pretty daunting, huh? You’re not the only one who would think so. But the truth is that all you need to know is that each color has a purpose, and once you know what that is, this technique may well become your new best friend!
Green: will neutralize red tones in the skin, like blemishes, acne scarring or conditions like rosacea or sunburn.
Yellow: is for hiding blue or purple undertones like bruising, veins or circles under the eyes.
Pink: more like a peach color (and less like a blush), this shade is perfect for brightening around the eye area and concealing dark circles.
Purple: will cover up any yellow tones and boost radiance in a dull and pasty complexion.
Orange: only for people with darker skin tones, orange shades will help cover up dark circles or deep spots with dark discoloration.
Colour correctors are meant to be used under your regular makeup, so apply first and then cover with your regular flesh-toned foundation, finishing off with a sheer concealer for any last touch-ups!
Please note: You don’t have to use as much product as I did in the above photos — just a little will do! I just wanted you guys to be able to see where to use each color as a general guide.
What you’ll need:
- Colour correcting concealers (I used the Green Corrector and Yellow Corrector from Musq Cosmetics)
- Small makeup brush
- Foundation brush or sponge
- Your regular foundation, concealer, and face powder
- Make sure your face is freshly prepped. If you like to use a primer, pop this on.
- Using a concealer brush, apply each corrector to any problem areas on your skin. I used yellow to cover up any blue tones under my eyes and brighten up my complexion around my jawline. Green was used to cover up redness on my cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. (Remember to clean your brush before switching colors!)
- Using a makeup sponge or brush, blend the correctors into your skin.
- Apply your regular flesh-toned foundation, and use a sheer concealer for any other small concerns.
- Finish off with a face powder, blush and any other makeup base products you usually use!