The usual initial reaction when I produce my orange and green concealers out of my make-up bag is 1 of horror! But the truth is that I rarely go a day without my trusty colour correctors – even on foundation-free days, you can guarantee I’ll be sporting some orange and green under a dab of concealer. But what is the point of painting your face these mad colours? This post will fill you in, so you can kiss goodbye to red patches and say ‘SEEYA’ to dark undereye circles!
I have used green concealer to correct any redness for years, but my huge fascination with colour correction started just over a year ago when I watched this Heidi Hamoud video (if you aren’t following her already, make sure to do it now!). The basic idea behind colour correction with make-up comes from the colour wheel. Essentially, all primary and secondary colours are arranged in this wheel (whether for art, interior design or make-up), and opposite colours complement one another and cancel them out. So if I have a particular tone showing up on my face that I don’t want there, I simply use the colour on the opposite side of the wheel to get rid of it…simples!
For me, red and blue are usual offenders; fabulous red blemishes and breakouts, and spectacular blue under-eye circles. But using the colour wheel, whereby green complements and cancels out red, and orange complements and cancels out blue, I can easily eliminate these tones from my face!
So how do I use these colour correctors? Well, it is as simple as dabbing the complementary colour over the area you are correcting, and then dabbing concealer lightly over the top. ALWAYS dab; if you rub, you are just moving the corrector and pretty much wiping it off, as well as tainting the colour of your foundation or concealer! I usually use my BeautyBlender to do this, as it really is so easy. Try and be light-handed with the amount of product you put on – the more product you use the more likely it is to crease! In the case of blemishes, I often don’t even need normal concealer – I just stipple my foundation over the green corrector with a flat kabuki brush (at the moment, I’m using my trusty Jessup flat kabuki from the €14 brush set I keep banging on about!)!
Granted, I look all shades of mental when I first put on the corrector, but once you lightly dab on concealer or foundation, it really works and gets rid of the tones you don’t want. A question my friends always ask me is whether it adds a lot of time to my make-up routine. In all honesty, it doesn’t – it actually saves me time! I used to layer concealer and foundation over spots, and trowel the concealer on under my eyes, which a) didn’t work and b) took forever!
It’s so simple to do, and there are a lot of different products available to suit all budgets! Our personal picks of colour correcting concealers are;
Green – Catrice Prime and Fine Anti-Red Coverstick (available from Penneys stores and selected chemists, around €5)
Orange – Make Up Forever Camouflage Cream Pot in Orange (Make Up For Ever, €18)
Yellow – NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow (Littlewoods, €11)
The Kiko Dark Circle Tone Eraser (Kiko, €8.90) is a fantastic alternative, and comes in yellow and orange. NYX’s HD Photogenic Concealer comes in a variety of colours, and is very good as well as budget-friendly. Elf also has it’s Studio HD Lifting Concealer (Elf, €6.40), which is a nice creamy formula and again, budget-friendly and comes in yellow, green and purple, which can all be used for colour correcting. Another option, which Sara uses for concealing redness, is Kiko’s Natural Concealer in Green (Kiko, €5.50). If you want to try out the orange concealer before you commit to buying a product, a handy tip is to try using any reddy-orange lipstick you have in your collection already (I’ve previously used Wet’n’Wild in Purty Persimmon (Penneys and selected chemists, €2.99), and it works great), but I warm the lipstick on the back of my hand first so I’m not dragging the delicate under-eye skin. Most budget brands do great little colour correction wheels or palettes too which are only a few euro, and will let you try it out before investing in a more expensive product. Some of the formulas are a little chalky for me, but it’s a good way to try colour correcting on the cheap!
Banish Under-Eye Bags: Step-by-step
Step 1: Take a small amount of orange or yellow concealer. I put it on the back of my hand to warm the product first
Step 2: Dap the product under your eyes gently (the skin here is very delicate so use your ring finger to lightly tap the product on).
NOTE: You will look somewhat frightening prior to blending. Don’t be alarmed, this is normal!
Step 3: Blend the product in – we both use the BeautyBlender for this as it’s so gentle and makes blending so simple.
Result: You’ll be left with a clean complexion under your eyes. No more dark circles! I always finish with a smidgen of my favourite Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (Boots, €5.99) to brighten up the area even more. You can follow the same steps with other colour correcting concealers, if you’re disguising blemishes or redness.
So the important question is whether painting your face crazy colours under your make-up is worth it – does it actually work? I can categorically say that it makes a huge difference to my face, and other people regularly comment on it. If you have noticeable tones on your face that don’t seem to be entirely coverable with your normal foundation or concealer, I would highly recommend giving a corrector a go!