The Ultimate Beginner's Guide For How To Use Color Correcting Concealer

June 5, 2018 by Sara Steinfeld
shefinds | beauty

I have a fun riddle for all of you! What’s yellow, green, purple, pink, tan, brown, and something that you’d want to put all over your face? If you guessed “unicorn mask” then, well, I guess you’re not technically wrong, but that’s not exactly the answer I had in mind. I’m talking about one of the most amazing, initially confusing, beauty products I’ve used in a long, long time: color correcting concealer.

What Is Color Correcting Concealer?

I started using a color correcting concealer palette a little while back when it first starting buzzing around the beauty world. After I first heard of beauty trend, I quickly add it to my already too-large makeup collection. The color correcting palette has six shades: yellow, mint green, purple, peachy-pink and two neutral shades, one of which is a relatively good match for natural skin tone, and the other that I like to use as a light contouring shade. After a hot minute of applying it to my skin like face paint, just for chuckles, I spent some time testing out the different colors and researching the basic info behind color correcting concealer. As it turns out, mastering this multi-hued palette is a lot easier than I thought it would be. If you’re initially clueless about this color correcting concealer practice, then fear not, I have all of the details you need to start concealing like a pro, complete with a handy color correcting chart.

Different Concealer Colors–A Color Correcting Guide

1. Yellow Color Correcting Concealer

Yellow is good for hiding purple or blue bruises, veins, or under eye circles. This color generally works on all skin shades and it’s great for evening out your skin tone. This creates a nice even and bright base for foundation application. The yellow shade generally works better at covering dark circles or bruises on tan skin tones.

2. Green Color Correcting Concealer

Green is good for neutralizing any redness on your face that you may have. This includes but is not limited to breakouts, irritation, sunburn, scars, or anything else that may be giving your face a lobster-like appearance. The green hue counterbalances the bright reds on your face to make them less noticeable.

3. Purple Color Correcting Concealer

Purple is good for neutralizing any yellow undertones that exist on your skin. Yellow spots can appear from age or in the form of sunspots. They look like yellowish discolorations on your skin. The purple concealer can also add a nice glow to a dull or pasty complexion.

4. Peachy-Pink Color Correcting Concealer

Pink is good for brightening the skin around the eyes. This color works best at masking the visible effects of fatigue on your face. In other words, it does pretty much the same thing as the yellow shade. The difference is that pink works better on fair skin, just like the yellow works better on tan skin.

5. Tan Shade Color Correcting Concealer

Tan works as a good standard concealer color for me, personally. It’s blendable, has great coverage, and works at concealing any blemishes that need a little extra attention after I’m finished applying this colorful monster mask.

6. Dark-Brown Color Correcting Concealer

 Dark brown is good for contouring! Seriously, for those of you who are wary of using bronzer to contour your face, this is the shade for you. What’s even better about it is that you don’t even have to buy a whole separate contouring beauty product to get the look. It’s already included in your palette.

Color Correcting Chart & Correcting Palettes:

1. NYX Color Correcting Palette 

color correcting concealer

NYX Cosmetics Color Correcting Concealer ($11.99)

The NYX Color Correcting Concealer palette gives you the widest range of colors that I’ve found. This NYX color correcting palette includes every shade you need! Since getting hooked on this color correcting concealer, I’ve learned that e.l.f makes a really good dupe, as well.

2. e.l.f. Cosmetics Color Correcting Palette 

e.l.f. Corrective Concealer palette

e.l.f. Corrective Concealer ($4)

The e.l.f. Cosmetics corrective concealer is similar to the NYX color corrector with its shade variation. It comes in two shade variations for darker and lighter skin tones.

3. Urban Decay Color Corrector

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ($29)

Urban Decay also makes excellent individual color correcting fluid sticks for each skin problem you may be having, such as redness, discoloration, fatigue, and so on. They offer a variety of six different color correcting shades.

4. Stila Color Correcting Palette 


Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette ($59)

Stila makes a pricier color correcting concealer palette, as well. This palette includes five concealer shades: peach, pink, yellow, green, and orange, and two pressed finishing powders: yellow and lavender.

For more, on SHEFinds:

How To Apply Concealer Correctly Under Eyes

The $5 Concealer With Incredible Reviews That Every Woman Should Own

Life-Changing Concealer Tricks Every Woman Should Know

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