How to Apply the Color Correcting Concealer Skillfully

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Color correcting concealers are hitting makeup shelves everywhere. And it’s no wonder. It’s a bummer spending time on your makeup - only to see dark circles, blemishes, redness, and other kinds of discoloration. But, there is a cosmetic product out there that has come to save the day: color correcting concealer.

This concealer can do what other concealers can’t. Women (and men) all over the world swear by it. And if you take some time to look up before and after photos or video tutorials, it’s not hard to see why.

Another one of the biggest complaints with skin toned concealers is staying power. However, color concealer reviews often note that this method will last, especially if you apply it correctly. Whether you need it to stay on all day (or even all night), it will.

Now, the real trick is using this kind of concealer correctly. And, if you’re worried about this part, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s review what this amazing stuff is and how to use it at home…

What is Color Correcting Concealer?

Color correcting concealer is a beauty product made specifically to tackle problem areas on the face. These problems can include (but are not limited to):

Dark circles under the eyes
Blemishes
Sun spots
Scarring
Redness
Discoloration
Hyperpigmentation
Spider veins on the face

Most foundations are skin toned. For this reason, they don’t always do the best job of covering up some of the problems listed above. However, color correcting concealers are made specifically to battle these bright areas of discoloration. They come in some pretty “crazy” colors, but this is what makes them work.

Color concealers utilize simple rules of light waves and the color wheel. Without getting too scientific, colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel will cancel each other out.

Here is a quick and easy go-to guide for you when using color correcting concealers:

Green neutralizes redness – for many skin tones
Lavender cancels out yellows – for many skin tones
Pale pink brightens blue toned spots – for fair skin tone
Peach cancels out blue and purple hues – for medium skin tone
Orangey-pink neutralizes dark spots – for dark skin tone
Yellow offsets blues and purples – for olive or tan skin tones

There you have a simple and easy guide for covering skin problems with color correcting concealers and the color wheel. From here, you can even mix two or three shades for certain areas. Take some time to experiment in the mirror to get your best results. Remember, practice makes perfect.

The Basic Rules of Using Color Correcting Concealer: A Guide

There are a few basic rules for using color correcting concealer. These are:

First, identify areas in need of concealing – You may have just one area like dark circles under your eyes. Or you may have many, including blemishes and scarring. The simple part of the task is just to identify these problem areas.

Next, identify the exact colors of these areas – If you want to cover blemishes, are they solid colors? Are they red in the center with fading pinkness near the edges? Do you have dark circles that fade? This gets slightly trickier than just locating these areas. However, if you do have various colors to hide, you’ll get some great tips in the next section of this article.

Then, you will need to identify the proper color correcting concealer for your issue. This is where the color wheel comes in super handy. It can seem like a daunting task, but all you need to do is find the exact opposite color on the wheel. Pretty simple, huh?

Finally, you will apply your color correcting concealer only to the areas of discoloration, blending where needed.

That seems pretty simple, huh? You can easily find color wheels online and go from there. As far as product selection, you can find tons of reviews and tutorials online. You can also talk to the pros at your local cosmetic store to help you find the best products for your skin tone and type.

Tips for Applying Color Correcting Concealer at Home

Applying primer to your face before any and all other makeup is always one of the best tips. Find the right makeup primer for your skin type. There are lots out there, so you have a lot to choose from. There are even some green primers out there for people with lots of redness! How cool! Just remember, don’t skip this step if you want the best results.

Many makeup artists prefer to apply color concealer before foundation. However, this can get tricky. Blending foundation can tend to rub away the color concealer if you don’t take time to dab on your foundation. But, you can apply the concealer over your foundation then dab a small amount of foundation over the top of that. Remember, press gently, don’t swipe or rub.

Once you have applied your color correcting concealer and foundation, give it about a minute or two to dry. Then apply a loose setting powder or pressed powder. Again, be gentle and try to press gently instead of swiping too roughly. Many women prefer a large cosmetic brush instead of the sponges supplied with many powders. There are even some color correcting powders out there if you feel you need this.

If you have fading discoloration (like mentioned above), then this section is for you. There is a simple method you can employ to handle these tricky areas:

Once you have found the right color concealer for the darkest areas, you’ve done most of the work. Simply apply your chosen concealer color to the darkest areas. Next, use your finger, makeup sponge, or brush to gently blend the concealer away from the darkest areas (where you will keep concealer the thickest). The smaller amounts blended away should cover the faded edges. And voila! You’ve successfully blended your color concealer.

A makeup setting spray can be just as important as primer when it comes to staying power. So, make sure that you set your color concealer and other makeup with the right setting spray. You can find ones that will give you a matte look or ones for a dewy glow.

Also, please make sure you talk with your doctor or dermatologist about any concerning skin issues. It could be due to an underlying problem or condition. The best beauty tip one can receive is to put your health and well-being first. Then, you can really put your best face forward.

The Takeaway

If you thought you couldn’t apply color correcting concealer, hopefully this how-to article has given you some more confidence. Remember to utilize the color wheel and stay true to your natural skin tone. Anyone can become a cosmetic pro when it comes to using color concealers.

Kana Z

Kana Z

I am a writer focussing on beauty, cosmetics, skincare, haircare and body care. I have a special interest in establishing solutions for problem skin. I have being working and studing with some of the world’s top skincare experts, hairstylists, makeup artists, perfume creators, photographers and models. I also currently write for websites of the skincare brand. My Specialties: beauty, journalism, skincare, haircare, cosmetics and problem skin.

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