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How to Use Green Concealer to Mask Redness and Skin Imperfections

Plus, our best green concealer options that won’t bust your budget.
February 25, 2022


Chances are, your makeup bag is stocked with a few different foundations and concealers — and they’re probably all shades that match your skin tone. But when it comes to concealer, it might be time to branch out by using different hues, including a color-correcting concealer


Color-correcting concealers come in pastel shades to help disguise various skin issues, such as blemishes, acne and dark circles. A green concealer, in particular, can really come in handy if you are dealing with skin redness and want to mask any imperfections.


It might seem daunting to apply such a striking hue to your face, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to reduce redness. Plus, it’s super easy to use once you get the hang of the application. Here, learn all about our best green concealers and how to use them as part of your anti-redness makeup routine.


How Green Concealer Works

It’s time to put your knowledge of color theory and the color wheel to use. Hues that sit opposite of each other on the color wheel cancel each other out. This means that if your skin appears red, a green concealer could be used to neutralize the look of that redness. 


In addition to green concealer, other popular shades of concealer include peach, yellow and lavender, all of which can camouflage the appearance of different complexion concerns. 


How To Apply Green Concealer

If you’ve only ever used flesh-toned concealer, then you’re probably used to applying it after foundation. But color correctors — including green concealer — are meant to be applied before foundation and concealer. 


Once you cover up skin imperfections with one or more shades of color corrector, you won’t need to apply quite as much foundation and concealer afterward. One thing to be wary of is ending up with green-tinted skin. To ensure using green concealer goes smoothly, follow this easy tutorial.


1. Start With Primer

The first step of your anti-redness makeup routine should be applying primer. Primer can help create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application. Our rec? The L’Oréal Paris Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer will give you a radiant complexion that will keep your makeup lasting all day.


If your skin is very red, you can also try looking for a color-correcting primer with a green tint to give you an extra layer of neutralizing green tones. Smooth it over your entire face or apply it just to red areas.


2. Color Correct

Once you’ve primed your skin, target red areas with a green color-correcting concealer. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to dab the green concealer gently and sparingly onto any red spots or splotches. Just remember, when it comes to color-correcting concealer, a little definitely goes a long way.


3. Apply A Buildable Foundation 

When you use a green concealer, you won’t want to cut your face makeup routine short. If you do, the pastel hue of your concealer may still be visible. That’s why it’s a must to follow with complexion products that match your skin tone. 


We recommend using a buildable foundation after your green concealer so that you can control your level of coverage. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight, which can be built up to medium or full coverage. Use a makeup blender to buff and blend out the liquid formula.


If you prefer to use a face powder, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder provides a matte finish, and can also be built to the coverage you desire.


4. Apply Concealer

Once you’re done applying green concealer and foundation, apply your usual concealer — such as the L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer — wherever needed. Follow with the rest of your makeup routine and you’re good to go.


Our Best Green Concealers

So, now you probably want in on this green concealer we’ve been talking so highly about. Luckily, we have just the products for evening out your skin tone and camouflaging unwanted redness. 

L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayon in Green

This concealer provides creamy, skin-evening coverage that is lightweight and blendable. The green shade will neutralize any redness caused by blemishes and blotchiness.

L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (For All Skin Tones)

Green concealer isn’t the only way to counteract redness. You can also put a green BB cream to use. This green-tinted BB cream hydrates, corrects, perfects and neutralizes redness all via a lightweight lotion formula that’s perfect for no makeup, makeup days.

Next: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Color Correcting


Edited by: Sophie Dweck, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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