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How to Use Color Correcting Concealers the Right Way

Even if you’re working from home nowadays, you might be noticing areas on your skin that you want to fix. While perfect skin is the goal, it takes time, so a few quick temporary fixes with makeup are helpful for all that screen time. Whether you’re wanting to cover up some redness, fix those under-eye dark circles, or mask a pimple, your concealer might not be doing enough. Enter color correcting concealers!

Color correcting concealers have been around for awhile, but many people struggle to use them correctly, so they end up with strange undertones that don’t look natural. But don’t fear! Using these makeup products is actually easier than it might seem, once you understand the basics.

We’re going to dive into how to use color correcting concealers the right way, so you can look and feel your best!

What is a Color Correcting Concealer?

Color correcting concealers are lightly-tinted concealers (think pastel colors) that help make a more even base for your foundation. Different shades can help conceal dark spots, redness, or under-eye bags!

How to Use Color Correcting Concealers

Many people unknowingly use color correcting concealers incorrectly! Remember: you shouldn’t be able to see the color of the concealer beneath your foundation! To avoid any mishaps, here are a few tips to use color correcting concealers the right way.

  1. Prime your skin. This will help your concealers stay on all day!
  2. Apply concealers. It’s crucial that you do this step before your foundation.
  3. Apply foundation. We recommend using a liquid foundation.

Now, let’s discuss the proper way to use color correcting concealers to combat a variety of skin issues and concerns.

First, you need to consider the color wheel — yes, the one you saw in art class in school!

An easy way to remember what colors will help with specific issues is to look at this color wheel and choose a concealer color that is opposite the color of the issue you’re facing. We’ll get into the specifics below, but for example, if you’re looking to cover something red, you would choose a green-toned concealer.

To Cover Redness

If you’re looking to cover redness — whether from rosacea, skin irritations, acne, or general redness — you will want to opt for a green color correcting concealer. Apply the concealer to your specific problem area, whether cheeks, chin, or forehead!

To Cover Dark Circles or Veins

Dark circles under the eyes is one of the most common areas people are looking to color correct when they do their makeup! Most dark circles are purple or bluish, so look for a color correcting concealer that has yellow tones. If you have light skin, look for a yellow concealer. Peach-colored concealers are best for medium skin tones, and orange concealers will work best for darker tones.

To Cover Sun Spots or Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and general discoloration can be hard to cover with just foundation alone. Search for a lavender-colored concealer to combat these darker shades on your skin — this shade will help brighten it up to even it out!

To Counteract Sallowness

If your skin is sallow or has a yellowish tone, you should look for a lavender-colored concealer. This will counteract any undertones your skin may have, and might help your foundation look more even!


This blog post is sponsored by Sticker Mule Custom Sticker, our custom sticker maker.

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