Color Correcting Concealer 101: Purple, Green, Pink & Yellow Concealer

Want to know about color correcting concealer? Did you know you can even use purple concealer? In this guide we will show you exactly how to use each color correcting concealer to hide any blemish.

woman with different color correcting concealers on her faceIf you woke up this morning with a nasty blemish on your face, you should thank your lucky stars someone invented the color correcting concealer.

For years, it’s been a saving grace for people who had to struggle with unwelcome acne

Whether it’s a zit or dark circles around the eyes, the color correcting concealer can be your best friend.

(Here’s a quick tip: a green color correcting concealer works wonders at hiding your zits.)

And that’s not all. You can use a color-correcting concealer to highlight your facial features as well. It’s great for accentuating your eyes and cheekbones.

Want to learn more about color correcting concealers?

You’ve probably heard the increasingly trend on color correcting concealer use. And if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ve probably known there are a variety of colorful palettes available for you.

If you’re not sure how this beauty product works or what wonders it can do for your look, then you’re missing.

It’s a beauty must-have.

A color-correcting concealer is effective at hiding blotches and marks that you don’t want on your face.

Believe it or not, it’s a simple trick yet professional makeup artists use it extensively.

If you want to have a flawless complexion, you’ll need a cosmetic beauty weapon.

For ugly blemishes and beyond, get a color-correcting concealer.

In this post, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about this beauty secret. From learning how it works to tips on how to apply it.

To begin, I’m going to introduce you to the color correction wheel.

It’s an integral part of understanding how your color correcting concealer works.

Focusing on the color wheel color correction will help you master color theory.

I’ll also share the basic dos and don’ts when applying your color correcting concealer.

What is a color-correcting concealer?

From time to time, we get zits, dark circles, and blemishes, even horrible acne flare-ups.

They make you want to cover your face, right?

But guess what!

You don’t have to do that.

Here’s where a color correcting concealer can help you big time.

Professional makeup artists have been using it for years. And after social media got wind of the beauty trend, it went mainstream. The much-buzzed beauty technique is great at hiding the flaws.

If you’re familiar with concealer trends in the past, this beauty product only comes in skin tone shades. But nowadays, there are more shades available.

Here’s how to understand the different shades in today’s concealers.

Did you know there are green, orange, yellow, and purple in color correcting concealer shades nowadays?

Each shade is best suited for a particular blemish, flaw, or issue to conceal.

For instance, a green-colored concealer can do wonders on zits.

Or purple concealer, which has the power to cancel out yellow undertones to give you a lively glow. 

It’s just a matter of understanding these different shades and knowing what issue to apply them on.

Do you remember the color wheel?

Who would have guessed learning the color wheel can be a game-changer for your looks?

Think back to elementary school art class.Image of the color wheel for an example in colors that cancel each other out with color correcting concealer

If you can recall, there are eight colors in the color wheel.

I brushed up on my old art class lessons and rediscovered how these colors can cancel another one out.

Take green, for example; it can neutralize red, which is why it is perfect for covering bright red acne flare-ups.

This is the idea when using this beauty technique to hide blemishes.

Mastering the art of using a color correcting concealer has to do with understanding colors.

Applying the rudimentary concept of colors, let’s get to the concealer-centered discussion.

Rules when using a color correcting concealer

You might think putting on a purple concealer on your face is an act of madness.

Well, at first glance, it might be. But actually, it’s an ingenious way to conceal the issues.

Here are some of the basic rules when applying a color correcting concealer to hide your imperfections.

1. Only appropriate colors can effectively cover the blemishes.

You can’t just pick any color and expect the desired results.

As mentioned, a green concealer will take care of the acne business, canceling out the bright red zits.

Purple concealer works wonders in minimizing yellow spots. On the other hand, orange and yellow cancel out purple and blue shades, which is why they are perfect for hiding dark circles.

2. Match the right color with your skin tone.

Take note that some colors work best for light skin tones while others are fit for darker tones.

The effectiveness of your color correcting concealer will have to depend on your skin tone in relation to your blemishes.

For dark skin tones, orange is better while peach is ideal for light skin tones.

3. Apply thin layers.

A little bit will do. You don’t have to use that much concealer. Focus on applying only in thin layers; otherwise, the color pigments will show through your foundation.

4. Don’t overuse your color correcting concealer.

It’s only for spot treatment, which is not meant to cover over your face like makeup. Use it only on certain spots. And sparingly.

On this note, if you only have blemishes that are less noticeable, you can use a regular concealer.

A color-correcting concealer is ideal only for blemishes that are strong in appearance and really stand out.

5. Pat the concealer coverage into your skin with a makeup sponge or beauty blender.

Once you’re done covering the blemishes with your color correcting concealer, gently pat your foundation over the hues.

Use a makeup sponge or a beauty blender for this.

Never use a brush. This will cancel all your work, moving the pigments all over the place and not on the intended areas.

6. Let the natural beauty of your face shine.

Your makeup should enhance your beauty, not hide it. And your color correcting concealer is a mere step to achieving your best look.

Understanding how each color works.

Beauty is art. And to achieve your desired look, you will need to understand how your color correcting concealer works, focusing on the right blend of colors.

Let’s go into each color and how it works.

What does purple concealer do?

You’re probably thinking, “A color corrector for purple, are you out of your mind?”

What is purple concealer for?

Did you know a purple concealer can also add a beautiful glow to people with pasty, yellowish complexion?

Also known as lilac or lavender concealer, this shade is perfect for canceling out unwanted blemishes and flaws with a yellow undertone. It also works to combat dull complexion.

Wondering how to use purple concealer?

For less prominent yellow spots, you can use a spot concealer.

However, if you’re looking to remove yellow tones, you can mix a little bit of your purple corrector concealer with your primer, applying it under your foundation.

So if you’re looking to brighten any yellow undertone or pale brown color on your skin, a purple color-correcting concealer can do wonders for you.

What is yellow concealer good for?

Do you need to get rid of the appearance of veins, bruises, and dark circles around the eyes?

Yellow concealers are ideal for removing any purple-colored blemish, flaw, or issue on your face.

You’re probably thinking, yellow is the opposite of purple. And you’re right. Which is why purple cancels out yellow, and yellow cancels out purple.

In general, yellow is a great shade that you can use to even out your skin tone. It’s a bright base, which is perfect as your foundation.

If you don’t have an eye primer, you can use yellow concealers as your eye shadow base.

In addition to hiding purple tones, yellow concealers also correct mild red and pink hues. You can use yellow to address issues like mild sensitivities or broken capillaries (for extreme redness, green works better).

What does orange concealer do?

Do you have blue-colored spots, ugly circles around the eyes, or other dark spots?

Guess what! You can cover these blue bruises with an orange concealer.

Sounds simple, isn’t it?

Here are some of the basic rules regarding the use of orange concealers.

First, orange concealers are great when you need to hide seriously blue blemishes or issues.

On the other hand, for milder cases of the blue bruises, you can use a shade lighter than orange, like peach or pink.

Second, if you have a darker skin tone, orange is an ideal shade for a color-correcting concealer.

If you have a lighter skin tone, avoid orange.

So when you’re looking to cover up hyperpigmentation and you have a lighter skin tone, shades that are lighter than orange (like peach or pink) are perfect for you.

An orange color correcting concealer also works great when you need to do some facial contouring or looking to have something to work as a liquid bronzer.

Let’s talk about peach and pink concealers.

Peach and pink concealers are usually created by mixing yellow, orange, and red hues.

Now, if you’ll check the color wheel, these hues are the opposites of purple, green, and blue.

As mentioned, if you have a lighter skin tone and you’re looking to hide dark circles around your eyes or any blue-colored bruises, peach and pink concealers can do their magic.

What is green color corrector for?

Do you need to cover bright red acne breakouts?

Hiding redness can be very difficult. But there’s an effective shade that can conceal it.

Redness won’t be a difficult challenge if you have a green color-correcting concealer. It can neutralize any red-colored blemish or imperfection you have on your face.

Using a green-based spot concealer, you can hide that annoying zit; even those ugly acne scars.

But for widespread redness like sunburn, windburn, or rosacea, a green primer works best. It can give you an even skin tone, significantly reducing the redness.

Green color correcting concealer also works on hiding birthmarks and rashes. But it’s perfect for addressing angry red acne.

As a tip, you may not want to put too much concealer on a particular spot. This will look like it’s caked on and will draw attention to it.

What can white concealers do?

You’re probably thinking you’ll end up looking like an albino, like Powder from the movie “Powder.”

White concealers can get intimidating, especially if you don’t know how to use them.

So if you want to avoid looking like you’ve put on too much powder on your face, here are some quick pointers when using a white-based concealer.

Let’s say you want to highlight your cheekbones and get that contoured look. What you do is just dab a little of your white concealer on the upper cheek area as well as under your eyes. Then focus on blending it outward, going to the ears.

Now if you want to have brighter, more accentuated eyes, you can use your white concealer in the inner and outer corners of your eyes.

And for a subtle brow highlight, dab a little under the brow bone.

You might want to use a bit in the middle of your nose to achieve a perfectly highlighted face.

How do neutral concealers work?

Are you one of the lucky few who doesn’t have too many blemishes, flaws, or problem areas to worry about?

For minimal issues, neutral concealers will work just fine. You can use it to veil an occasional pimple or hide those little imperfections.

When choosing a neutral concealer, pick a shade that closest to your skin tone (or at least a shade lighter).

Here’s a quick tip. If you want your lipstick to last all day and night, neutral concealers may be used as a primer.

Using a color correcting concealer shouldn’t have to be scary.

Professional makeup artists have been using it for years. And it has become a much-buzzed beauty trend that’s becoming popular on social media.

Yes, it can be intimidating. But if you understand the basic concepts in color and applying it to your problem areas, a color correcting concealer can be your best friend.

And the more you practice, the easier it becomes to incorporate it into your day-to-day makeup routine.

What are your thoughts on using a color correcting concealer?  

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