How Do I Use Colour-Correcting Concealers?

Ready to go pro? If you want to up your makeup game, you need colour-correcting concealer. It’s not as tricky as you might think. Here’s an easy how-to.

Although the idea of applying rainbow tints all over your face might seem a bit scary, it can give you gorgeous skin. You’ve just got to master the rules of colour-correcting concealer. Here’s how to get your dream skin with unusually bold and bright concealers.

How Do I Use Colour-Correcting Concealers?

How to Cancel Out Unwanted Colours

To use colour-correcting concealer properly, you’ve got to understand the fundamentals of which colours do what. Refer to this chart before you shop for the products you need for your own complexion.


Concealer colourWorks on these skin tonesNeutralises
Pink Fair Blue (think under-eye bags, scars, bruises)
Peach Medium Blue and purple
Salmon Dark Ashy and blue
Yellow Medium and dark Ashy and purple
Green All Red
Lavender All Yellow

The Essential Tools

Concealer brush: Go for quality here. The Sigma P86 Precision Tapered Brush is a makeup artist's staple that’ll always do the job perfectly.

Colour correctors:

Colour-correcting kit: If you're a newbie looking for the perfect starter kit, look no further than Jane Iredale Corrective Colors. Featuring yellow, peach, and lilac plus a multipurpose beige concealer, this kit has you covered for every skin issue you could have, 365 days a year.


How Do I Use Colour-Correcting Concealers?

How Do I Use Colour-Correcting Concealers?

Using colour-correcting concealers is much more straightforward than you might think. The only real mistake you can make is not covering the concealer. Colour correction is a two-step process, so you’ll need two concealers handy.

Your first step is to use the colour-correcting concealer. Work with the chart above to know which colour to use. Also, if you took art classes, you may already be familiar with the colour wheel.

Colour correction works on the principle of contrasting colours. Red contrasts with green. Yellow contrasts with purple. Any colour on the wheel contrasts with the colour on the opposite side. It doesn’t take long to familiarise yourself with the contrasts, and that’s all you need to know for colour correcting.

Once you've applied your colour-correcting concealer, simply layer a neutral colour that's close to your natural skin tone on top. For both applications, use a concealer brush. You’ll want a precise application rather than just a smeared on look.

So, just do one coat of colour-correcting concealer. Let it dry for a minute. Add a coat of skin-toned concealer and voilà: you’re gorgeous!


How Do I Use Colour-Correcting Concealers?

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