How To Use Colour Correcting Concealers By Karli Smith

Dark under-eye circles, pigmentation, redness from acne scarring, these are just some of the skin-concerns that flesh toned concealers cannot hide no matter how full the coverage is. So what do you do when your regular concealer isn’t cutting it? You turn to colour correctors!

Colour correcting concealers (aka CC’s) come in yellow, green, lavender, pink, peach and orange. But how do you know which colour to use and for what? Well it’s time to bring back those memories of school art classes where you learnt all about the colour wheel to help you.

Opposite colours will counteract each other; for instance, red is opposite green on the colour wheel, therefore if you want to banish redness from a pesky pimple or inflammation left over from a breakout, a green based concealer will cancel out the red.

To make things a little easier for you, see below to read about each colour correcting concealer and what they’re used for.

Green Concealer

What does it do?

A green concealer will neutralise any redness on the face. To cancel out the redness from problems such as acne, sunburn, rosacea or any other conditions which cause redness, apply a spot of green coloured concealer to the areas which are affected. If you have wide-spread redness that you wish to cover then a colour correcting green based primer will be your go to product. This will help to even out the over-all tone of your skin.

Products to try:

Becca- Backlight Correcting Creme

 Becca- Backlight Correcting Creme

NYX Cosmetics- Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer (Anti Redness)

NYX Cosmetics- Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer (Anti Redness)

Yellow Concealer

What does it do?

Yellow concealers are ideal for hiding bruises which are blue or purple, veins and those damn dark under eye circles that refuse go away no matter what you do! Also, applying a yellow toned corrective powder to your face will help  to create an even toned base for your foundation to be applied to, resulting in a brighter complexion overall.

Products to try:

Dior- Fix It Colour Corrector

Dior- Fix It Colour Corrector

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector

Lavender Concealer

What does it do?

Purple/Lavender concealers are ideal for counteracting yellow undertones. Dull complexions can be instantly livened when using a purple based primer all over the face. For certain yellow and/or dull areas on the skin you wish to target, a spot based lavender concealer is your go to product! 

Products to try:

NYX Cosmetics- Studio Perfect Primer

Urban Decay - Skin Colour Correcting Fluid

Urban Decay – Skin Colour Correcting Fluid

Pink/Peach Concealer

Pink/Peach Concealer

What does it do?

Pink/Peach/Salmon based concealers are another great coloured concealer for brightening up the under eye area . Signs of fatigue can be greatly diminshed by applying a pink based concealer underneath your eyes. Sallow, olive skin tones benefit from these coloured concealers as they work to give the complexion a radiant glow.

Products to try:

Becca- Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca- Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Bobbi Brown –  Corrector – Extra Light Peach Bisque

Orange Concealer

Orange Concealer

What does it do?

Orange based concealers are ideal for the darker skinned beauties out there. They work to diminish dark circles under the eyes and to hide pigmentation problems.  Fair complexions are best advised to stay away from these dark cc concealers. 

Products to try:

NYX Cosmetics – Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer – Orange

NYX Cosmetics

M.A.C – Studio Finish Skin Corrector – Pure Orange

Who knew painting your face  the colours of the rainbow could have so many benefits for your complexion! It’s great to have colour correcting concealers on hand and a wise idea to invest in a CC palette so you always have the right colour for the right problem! See below for some top  CC palette picks to check out..

Colour Corrector Palettes

Colour Corrector Palettes (left to right) –

NYX Cosmetics – Colour Correcting Concealer Palette

Stila – Correct & Perfect All In On Colour Correcting Palette

Palette di 5 correttori – Colour Correct Concealer Palette – KIKO MILANO

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