When you think of concealer, you typically have an image in your head. That image is probably a concealer stick, wand, liquid or even powder that’s in a shade similar to your own skin tone. But did you know that there are a variety of different colors of concealer that you should be using on your face?
Concealer is used for a variety of purposes including to mask dark circles around your eyes, cover blemishes and give your skin a uniform appearance and color. So it makes sense that certain trouble areas of your face would require different colors, consistencies and types of concealers, right? Right. So here’s a little crash course on the different colors of concealers and when to use each one.
Green concealer is used to reduce redness on the skin. This is used for spots on the skin that are red, including blemishes, acne, rosacea, windburn and even sunburn. Think about it: green and red are opposites on the color wheel, so applying a green concealer over a red area will counteract the redness.
Try these: Physicians Formula Powder Finish Concealer Stick / NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer / Boots Botanics Complexion Refining Concealer Stick-Anti-redness / Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Primer / Physicians Formula Concealer Twins Correct & Cover Cream Concealer
Purple concealer (although it’s more “lilac” than it is a dark purple) is used to mute any yellow undertones on your skin. If you have a sallow, dull, yellow-ish complexion, it will brighten up your face instantly. Again, purple and yellow are opposites on the color wheel, which is why this works so well.
Salmon concealers are made from the popular fish. Just kidding, guys. I wanted to see who is actually reading this post! Salmon concealers (a peachy-pink shade) should be used around the eye area to brighten it. I love using a pinky-colored concealer as my highlighter (when I’m highlighting and contouring my face). I apply it in an upside-down triangle underneath my eyes and against the sides of my nose and blend. This color is known to give your skin a bright and radiant appearance, and who doesn’t want that?
Yellow concealers hide dark circles, bruises or veins. Any area that has tones of purple or purple-grays can be hidden easily with a yellow shade. Kiss the raccoon-eyes goodbye!
Try these: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit / Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Stick Concealer / Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector/Concealer / NARS Concealer / NYX Concealer Jar / Physicians Formula Concealer Twins Correct & Cover Cream Concealer
White concealer is great for highlighting certain areas of your face. For example, put a little bit on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them up, or above your cupid’s bow to draw attention there.
Darker skin tones can use orange concealer to correct dark circles or very severe dark spots on the face. It also can help hide any hyper-pigmentation or white sun spots. It also typically adds a luminous sheen to your face (and mimics the effects of a liquid bronzer).
If you don’t have that many problem areas on your skin, you can just use regular concealer in a shade that matches your skin tone. This should cover up any basic small imperfections or blemishes. For those who have a specific problem area, a colored concealer (in addition to sufficient foundation, primer and powder) should probably be used instead.