How Well Do You Know Your Color Correcting Concealers?

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[title subtitle="And Use the Color Wheel to Conceal"]Make Like an Artist[/title] Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you’ve haven’t, either way, color correcting is taking the makeup world by storm. With a quick dab or precise dot of the right colored primer or concealer, saying goodbye to dark circles, pasty dullness, and all around redness is just that much easier.

Believe it or not, it doesn’t take a genius to master the art of concealing. Remember the color wheel from art class in elementary school? Remember how we were taught that colors directly across from one another cancel each other out? No? Well, here’s a quick refresher:

 

Color Wheel

 

As you can see from the color wheel above, the color red sits directly across from the color green. On that same note, the color purple also sits directly across from the color yellow. Red is to green as purple is to yellow—they're complementary and completely opposite colors that when mixed together, make a neutral gray—hence the cancelling out.

Keep reading for how to use this nifty color theory trick to your concealing advantage!

 

[infobox subtitle="" bg="green" color="white" opacity="off" space="30" link="no link"]Green[/infobox]

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Best for: neutralizing redness. Think annoying zit or acne scar.

If you have widespread redness on your face—anything from rosacea to sunburn—a green color correcting primer can significantly reduce the flush and even out your skin tone.

 

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Best for: hiding dark veins and under eye circles.

Because yellow sits directly across from purple on the color wheel, yellow concealers are perfect for masking purpley-blue bruises, veins, and under eye circles. Depending on your skin tone, they can also serve as a brightening agent for your foundation.

 

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Best for: eliminating yellow undertones.

By cancelling out dull, pasty, and yellow complexions, both lavender and lilac-colored concealers and primers can often help fake the appearance of a healthy glow. Opt for a purple primer when looking to remove yellow tones from your entire face and a spot concealer when targeting specific yellow spots.

 

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Best for: brightening around the eye area.

Ideal for masking signs of fatigue, pink or peach-colored concealers—those made from a mixture of red, orange, and yellow hues—directly cancel out blue, purple, and green undertones. The salmon pigments can also offer a boost of radiance to those with sallow or olive skin tones.

 

[infobox subtitle="" bg="orange" color="white" opacity="off" space="30" link="no link"]Neutral[/infobox]

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Best for: minor imperfections and occasional pimples.

If you don't have too many problem areas to target, a concealer similar or one shade lighter than your skin tone will do the trick. Consider yourself extremely blessed!

 

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Best for: contours and highlights.

White concealers, while tricky to use, are always a risk worth taking. The key is to use them in moderation. When contouring cheekbones, dab some under your eyes and blend outward towards your ears. A dot on the inter and outer corner of your eyes can also help feign alertness. Otherwise, smudges on your brow bone, down the center of your nose, and on top of the cupid's bow can offer the perfect highlight.