Your Fool-Proof Guide to Color-Correcting Makeup

Caitlin S. Miller
concealer story Your Fool Proof Guide to Color Correcting Makeup

Photo: ImaxTree

As anyone who’s had a pop-up breakout knows, concealer is your savior in a pinch. It’s ability to almost instantly make a pimple disappear is one of the many wonders of makeup we’re continually grateful for. And by now, you’re likely well versed in the world of flesh-toned concealers. But when it comes to color-correcting concealers, that’s an entirely different, less intuitive beast to tackle. To help you tell the difference between green concealer, purple concealer, and every other hue under the rainbow, we turned to two top industry experts. Read on for their tips for a complete guide to the best color concealer for every skin concern.

“Green correctors are best to tame redness, irritation, and to spot conceal redness from breakouts or zits,” says Blushington Lead Makeup Artist & Trainer, Rocio Matos. Green is also ideal for hiding redness caused from rosacea or broken capillaries. Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ($28, comes in a single tube complete with an applicator, making it ideal for spot treating on the go.

Pink color correctors are great for adding brightness to skin, says Director-at-Large, Romy Soleimani. Think of adding a touch of pink around the eye area to brighten and revive. Try Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drop ($38, to add a drop or two of pink to your favorite makeup or wear alone to even out skin tone.

According to Matos, dullness in skin is best fixed by using a purple corrector. “It adds a healthy glow to the skin and masks some of the sallowness,” he explains. We like the look of Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector ($42,, which blends pink and a dash of purple in a unique gliding stick to add color just where you need it.

Although it might not seem like an ideal color to glob on your skin, yellow is a fantastic skin tone evener. “Yellow neutralizes purple in the skin—great for blemishes and purple darkness under the eye,” explains Soleimani. “As an added bonus, yellow is great to add brightness to the skin!” To add yellow all over the skin, try Lancome Miracle CC Cushion Color Correcting Primer ($40,, which comes in a cushion compact form to make blending and concealing super easy.

Again, not a usually desirable color for skin, orange is actually great for “correcting gloom in the skin,” says Soleimani. “Apricot is great for under eye circles,” she says. Matos explains further, “On darker skin tones, it helps to even skin out before foundation as well as hides very dark spots and discoloration.” To treat those dark circles, try NYX Concealer Jar ($5,, which boasts slight blue undertones to also help even things out nicely.

And if you’re wondering if you can make like Van Gogh and mix and match colors, the answer is yes! “No one’s skin is exactly the same all over, and some areas of the face benefit from using several different types of concealers to get the right shade to conceal,” explains Matos. Just be sure you’ve blended properly—you don’t want to leave the house with a giant purple circle under your eyes. To blend, Matos says always use a beauty blender or a small damp sponge. “You can also use a small concealer brush to make sure your are not picking up too much product,” he adds.
“Make sure that the product is evenly distributed throughout the area and there are no thick visible patches of product left over after blending it in.”

More from Daily Makeover: Weird Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Concealer