Color correcting is a strategy in makeup that is often overlooked and unused. A lot of people may not know it even exists and get completely confused when they see something that claims to be a concealer palette, but consists of purple, green and orange creams. The first color correcting palette I ever saw was in middle school- I found it in the bathroom cabinet I thought it was a lip palette. I tried applying the orange shade to my lips since I was dying for orange lipstick but had no money. The color didn’t show up very well and I was disappointed.
Anyway, I created this simple guide to help give more of an understanding about color correcting- what it is, how to properly do it and what each color is used for.
What Exactly Is Color Correcting?
Take a look at your face in the mirror, paying close attention to the details of your skin. Your skin is not just one solid color- different parts of it show different colors due to human biology. Rosy cheeks, brown spots, white scars, blue veins, purple bags and pink puffy eyelids, and of course bright red zits- all of these perfectly natural human features create a rainbow of colors on your face. The art of color correction works to help these hues hide away under your makeup seamlessly, creating an end result of even toned skin following makeup application.
If you have ever taken an art class, you should be familiar with the color wheel and the fact that colors that are opposite lie across from each other. Applying a concealer that is the opposite color of the feature you are trying to conceal works to neutralize said color and be easily hidden under your foundation.
So, lets talk about the different colors of concealer there are and how to use them.
This one is the more well-known color in basic makeup application. Green concealer is commonly used on irritated zits that appear bright red and may try to shine through when you apply a flesh tone over them. Dabbing a little bit of green on them will calm the redness down and thus be easier to cover with makeup. Green tinted primers can also be used all over the face to neutralize rosacea.
Orange and Red Concealer
I have seen both of these used for the same purpose and it really depends on your skin tone which color will work better for you. I personally use orange concealer, but I do know some people prefer red. These colors are often applied under the eyes to conceal dark, purplish circles or even blue veins. Those with skin on the more fair side may want to use more of a pinkish salmon color concealer.
Purple or lavender concealer is used for yucky yellow discoloration. I’m not necessarily talking about people with yellow undertones- often some illnesses and medications can cause yellowing in areas of the skin, usually under the eyes, and some bruises can appear yellow. Purple concealer will help cover that up.
Yellow concealer is another color that works for brightening up under the eyes and covering purple tones, but isn’t as intense as orange or red. This is a concealer that works better for those with lighter complexions.