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Concealer 101: Understanding Color Correcting Concealers

colored_concealersThere are few things I hate more than waking up to a nasty, unwelcome blemish on my face. This happens at least once every month (you can do the math). This, my friends, is when I thank my lucky stars that concealer exists! For years, concealers have been the saving grace for people struggling to hide problem areas. Thanks to concealer, we’re able to hide everything from zits and dark circles to elaborate tattoos, as well as highlight cheekbones and eyes.

You’ve probably noticed that concealers no longer come in only skin tone shades. Instead, there are many different colors (green, purple, pink, yellow, white, etc.). Each shade has a specific issue they are best suited to conceal. And if you have several spots on your face that you struggle with, then understanding color correcting concealers can be a total game changer.

So keep reading to see how you’re supposed to use these color correcting concealers to make troublesome spots disappear.

Concealer Basics: The Color Wheel

color_wheelMastering the art of concealer has a lot to do with understanding the basics of color correction. You know how I’m saying makeup is an art form? 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 instance, red is directly 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. By simply referring to the color wheel, you’ll better understand how to make those annoying problem areas vanish. Now that we got our art lesson for the day out of the way, let’s move on to discuss the uses for which each color concealer is best suited.


Green Concealers: As 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.

Consider these:  NYX Concealer in a Jar in Green / Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer / Make Up For Ever HD Primer


Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers are best 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.

Consider These: NYX Concealer in a Jar in PurpleSmashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer / Make Up For Ever HD Primer


Pink Concealers: Okay, 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 are 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, these concealers also work well to cover raccoon eyes and to give sallow olive tones skin a much needed radiance. Note: When I discovered bareMinerals Broad Spectrum Concealer in Bisque, my life was forever changed. I had no idea I could cover my nasty, hereditary dark circles so well!

Consider These: Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste / Bobbi Brown Corrector / DIOR Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen


Yellow concealers are 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.

Consider These: Benefit Cosmetics Lemon Aid Concealer / NARS Concealer in Pale Yellow / Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit


Orange Concealers: For 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.

Consider These: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer in Apricot / Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter / Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in Orange


White concealers 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.

Consider These: Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit in Porcelain/White / Sonia Kashuk Take Cover Concealing Stick / Illamasqua Skin Base Lift in White Light


Neutral Concealers: 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, as you can see in my lipstick tutorial.

Consider These: Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer / bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer / SMASHBOX Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer


Have you used any of these color correcting concealers? Which ones are your favorites? Tell me in the comment section below!