Concealer is up there with one of my favourite things. I’m pretty obsessed – I have about 7, but I am always on the look out for a newbie in my quest for a flawless complexion. They are the magic wands of makeup: covering blotchy skin, unsightly blemishes, dark circles – the list goes on.
But there’s actually a lot more to concealer then you probably think. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at a concealer wheel, but there’s a lot gong on, you’ve got pinks and greens and purples. Why are there colours? Where on earth are you meant to put them and what do they do, right?
Well, it turns out pro concealing is kind of an art form and it’s called colour correcting. The theory behind it is pretty simple; opposites on the colour wheel cancel each other out, so you can look at your skin complaint and work out the colour you’d need to fix it.
Even though once you get it it’s easy peasy, most people don’t really know how to use colour correcting concealer, so we’ve broken it down into the colours you need and what they’ll do. Use these sparingly underneath your usual concealer and foundation and expect picture perfect skin.
Colour Correcting Concealer: Green
This is your secret weapon. If you don’t already own one, go get it! Use this to conceal extreme redness. When you’re met with a mountainous spot on your forehead apply a green concealer first, this will cancel out the redness and then you can go on to apply your usual concealer. It will also help you if you suffer from rosacea, broken blood vessels, flushed cheeks, acne scars, blotchy areas and redness around the nose.
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Colour Correcting Concealer: Yellow
Use yellow for slightly pink areas and mild redness, but also for areas of general concern. Yellow works well for most skin tones and will help even out your complexion.
Colour Correcting Concealer: Salmon/Peach
These colours are made up from a mixture of red, orange and yellow, which sit across from green, purple and blue, making them the best remedy for brightening the eye area and banishing really dark blue under eye circles. They’re also great at covering up bruises, veins and brightening sallow olive skin.
Colour Correcting Concealer: Orange/Dark Peach
If you are olive or dark skinned you will need to choose darker shades, as pastel hues are too white and will leave a chalky finish. Instead of a pinky peach, use a richer, brighter peach or orange to disguise dark circles and hyperpigmentation. It might sound crazy, but those with really dark skin can actually benefit from using orange-based red lipsticks to help hide bags under their eyes.
Colour Correcting Concealer: Violet
Purple sits opposite yellow on the wheel, so use this to neutralises sallow skin and yellow discolouration. Unlike the others, you should use violet primers all over to correct a lacklustre complexion. Clinique’s Superprimer Colour Corrects Sallowness, £20, is the perfect pick me up and will brighten your base in seconds.