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Walk down the aisle of any beauty store and you’re likely to come across concealers in pastel shades like green and purple. But these concealers are more than just pretty look at. They’re known as color correctors—and it turns out they have a very useful purpose. Color correctors utilize color theory—that opposite hues on the color wheel cancel each other out. For example, a green color correcting concealer can help neutralize the look of redness, while a peach color correcting concealer can help disguise the appearance of dark circles and a yellow shade can help hide the appearance of dark spots. But how exactly are you supposed to apply these rainbow hues to your face? Keep reading to learn about our best color correctors along with tips on using each shade.
Everybody loves having the time to sit in front of their vanity and perfect their makeup, but some days that’s just not possible. If you find yourself rushing out the door after pressing snooze on your alarm one too many times, don’t forget to throw the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons in your purse. They're available in three shades for dark circle color correction (peach for fair to light skin tones, bisque for light to medium skin tones, and orange for medium to deep skin tones), green to neutralize the appearance of redness, and yellow to hide purple areas, such as dark spots. The convenient crayon shape allows you to touch up any discoloration without the need for makeup brushes or sponges. Simply swipe some color corrector on, dab it with your finger to blend, and top it off with skin-toned concealer. And you thought waking up late meant you had to sacrifice on your look!
Like we said earlier, green color correcting concealer can help neutralize the appearance of redness. If you’re looking for a multitasking product that can help you streamline your skin care and makeup routine, try the L’Oréal Paris BB Anti-Redness (For All Skin Types). It has a green tint that transforms to a universal shade to help reduce the appearance of redness. In addition to that, it also corrects the appearance of skin so it looks even, and hydrates for all day moisture. Simply apply it with your fingers and blend.
Another option: the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Anti-Redness Primer. Primer can help prep your skin for foundation by smoothing over imperfections and creating an even base. On top of that, this primer, which has a green tint, can help neutralize the appearance of redness. Wear it alone or under makeup.
Feeling tired? The L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Fatigue (For All Skin Types) has a peach tint that transforms into a universal shade to help revive the appearance of a tired complexion. It also hydrates and corrects the appearance of skin, too. To use, squeeze a small amount onto your fingers and blend it onto your skin.
If you have various skin issues you’d like help covering, a color correcting concealer palette might just be the right product for you. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four shades—green to neutralize the appearance of redness, peach to disguise the look of dark circles, lavender to illuminate the look of dullness, and yellow to hide the look of discolorations. Use the included applicator sponge to apply your concealer shades of choice to your face.
Now that you know about what each shade of color correcting concealer does, find out where it belongs in your makeup routine.
Step 1: Primer. First things first: apply a primer to help create an even canvas for the rest of your makeup application. Use primer all over your face or apply it to targeted areas (such as under your eyes or your T-zone).
Step 2: Color corrector. It’s time to put your color correctors to work! Whether you use one or multiple shades of color correcting concealers, follow the same guidelines: apply color sparingly to targeted areas, then blend it.
Step 3: BB cream or foundation. Depending on what level of coverage you prefer, reach for a BB cream (which typically offers sheer, lightweight coverage) or a foundation with medium or full coverage. Use a makeup blender to apply for a seamless finish. Dab the sponge on your skin to blend in the color.
Step 4: Concealer. Next up: flesh-toned concealer. If any imperfections are still visible, lightly dab on concealer in a shade that’s close to your skin tone. You’re almost done now!
Step 5: Setting spray. Help ensure your face makeup stays put by spritzing on a makeup setting spray to complete your makeup routine. You’re good to go!
For more information on using color correctors like a pro, check out our article, Step-By-Step Guide to Color Correction.