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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 could be time to branch out by using different hues. Color correcting concealers come in pastel shades to help disguise various skin issues. Here, learn all about how to use green concealer as part of your anti-redness makeup routine, as well as how to use a color correcting palette containing other concealer shades to help perfect the look of your complexion.
Basically, hues that are opposite each other on the color wheel cancel each other out. Have skin that appears red? Well, green concealer could help neutralize the look of it, since green and red are opposites. In addition to green concealer, other popular shades of concealer include peach (to disguise dark circles), yellow (to hide discolorations), and lavender (to brighten the look of dullness).
If you’ve only ever use flesh-toned concealer, then you’re probably used to applying it after foundation. But color correcting concealers—including green concealer—is usually used before foundation and concealer. Once you cover up skin imperfections with one or more shades from a color correcting palette, you won’t need to apply quite as much foundation and concealer afterwards. Follow these five steps and you’ll become a green concealer pro in no time!
Step 1: Star 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. Look for a color correcting primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Anti-Redness Primer, which has a green tint. Smooth it over your entire face or apply it just to red areas.
Step 2: Color correct. Once you’ve primed your skin, help target the areas of your face with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, which contains four color correcting concealer shades (green, peach, yellow, and lavender). Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender to dab the green concealer gently and sparingly onto red appearing areas. When it comes to color correcting concealer, a little definitely goes a long way—there’s no need to go overboard! (Read our guide to every type of color correcting concealer here.)
Step 3: Apply a buildable foundation. When you use a buildable foundation after your green concealer, you can control your level of coverage. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation, which contains liquid foundation in a cushion. Press the applicator sponge into the cushion and tap the foundation onto your face, building as needed.
Step 4: Follow up with concealer. Once you’re done applying green concealer and foundation, apply a tiny bit of a flesh-toned concealer from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit wherever needed.
Step 5: Add a highlight. Create a shimmery sun-kissed glow by applying a liquid highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, to your cheeks. It comes in three shades (ice, golden, and rose) to flatter different skin tones.
Now that you understand how green concealer works and how to use it, it’s time to learn about the benefits of using other color correcting concealer shades. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit is a palette that contains three other color correcting concealer shades besides green: peach, yellow, and lavender. Here’s how to use each one—just remember to apply your shade(s) of choice sparingly on your face before applying foundation and concealer on top.
Peach concealer: Use this shade to disguise the look of dark circles.
Yellow concealer: Use this shade to combat the look of surface skin discolorations.
Lavender concealer: Use this shade to illuminate the look of dull skin.