When it comes to minimizing your makeup routine, concealers and shade correctors are your best friends. You may be surprised to know how much work you can take out of your foundation routine with the skillful use of concealers and correctors – some find that foundation isn’t even necessary. Whether you’re running short on time or just wanting to have less makeup on your face, having the right concealer and corrector is a worthy time investment.
Concealers vs. Correctors
While these two products are very similar and can somewhat overlap, there are some crucial differences. Concealers are stick, powder or cream products that can be used to spot-cover areas of your skin. They come in a variety of skin shades that match most foundations, and are meant to blend in with your skin.
Correctors are products that target specific skin shade issues such as redness, ashiness or blueish eye circles. These come in hue-specific shades that will be discussed later.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Concealer
A concealer is a great tool to camouflage under-eye circles, blemishes, acne scars and minor discoloration. One mistake often made with using concealer is going too light. Using concealer that is too light for your skin tone will draw more attention to trouble areas, which is definitely not what you want!
Your concealer should match your foundation exactly. If you choose to skip foundation, it should match your skin tone as closely as possible. For blemishes, you can get away with going one shade darker in order to make a blemish appear more flush to the skin, but otherwise, look for a shade that blends in with the rest of your face. When concealing under eye circles, avoid any formulations that claim to have “highlighting pigments,” because these will often settle into bags and fine lines.
The Color Correction Rainbow
Most of the problems with concealer comes from overusing it or applying it incorrectly. The reality is that applying the right skin corrector first can significantly minimize the amount of concealer you need. As previously mentioned, correctors come in colors that aim to balance out your skin shade.
Green – Green is one of the more common correctors you will find out there, and it is used to counteract redness. You can find green correctors in liquid, stick, or cream formulas. These are good for spot treating blemishes before applying concealer, as the green will lessen the redness, therefore requiring less concealer. Brands like Make Up Forever and Smashbox also sell face primers in green shades to tone down redness all over the face.
Peach/Orange – Peachy correctors are used to neutralize dark or blueish tints on the face. These are particularly good for under eye circles, and should be applied before concealer to take away any blueish tint. Use peach colors if you are fair-skinned, and lean towards orange if you are darker.
Yellow – Yellow functions similarly to peach in that it tones down any ashy tones in your skin. A light dusting of yellow-tinted powder can take away any sallowness in your face, whereas yellow cream corrector on the eyelids will make them look more fresh and youthful.
Hint: If you have olive-toned complexion, the right shade of yellow corrector can also create an all over lightening effect without looking chalky.
Lilac/Lavender/Blue – Cool-toned correctors will neutralize the yellow tones in the skin. If your face is looking particularly dull, lilac or lavender will help correct that. In addition, blue will fix any orangey tones that result from over excessive tanning.
Pink – Pink is a great color, used to brighten the face all over. It’s one of the more natural-looking correctors, so it can be used all over the face wherever your skin needs a little boost. Pink will also correct olive tones in the face, much in the way that lilac correctors can.
In short, correctors can save you a lot of the work and time. Used wisely, they will usually lessen your need for concealer. Of course, many correctors allow for concealer to be applied over them, so if you’re in love with your concealer, it won’t be a problem.
Do I Really Need All That?
You may be asking yourself if both of these products are really necessary. The answer is to familiarize yourself with your face and the specific areas you want to improve so you have a clear idea what you need – don’t just go off of someone else’s routine. There are some great tutorials on Youtube that show how to conceal and correct your face to near perfection.
Products to Check Out
Concealer Palettes: Coastal Scents’ Concealer & Eclipse Palettes
Corrector Palettes: Coastal Scents’ Camo Quad Color Corrector
Green Correctors: Maybelline’s Corrector in Green, Smashbox’s Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Green
Peach/Orange Correctors: Benefit’s Erase Paste
Yellow Correctors: Benefit’s Lemon-Aid, NYX’s HD Photo Concealer Wand in Yellow
Purple/Blue Correctors: Make Up Forever’s HD Primer in Blue or Mauve
Pink Correctors: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Corrector in Pink