Are you using concealer properly?
Since colour correctors come in all kinds of varieties (liquids, powders, creams) and in countless shades (pastel yellows, chiffon, brick reds, peach, lavenders, blues, and greens) mastering the technique can seem daunting at first. But what exactly is it and why is it useful for you to learn how to properly pick up the skill?
“Colour correcting means canceling a darker skin tone pigment like dark circles, sun spots, acne scars by using a coloured concealer,” explains Sebastien Tardiff, co-founder and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “As a general rule, a golden or yellow corrector is best for canceling out sallow, olive, and brown undertones, while a pink or peachy corrector works great for canceling out any signs of blue, purple, and red marks.”
Your colour correcting beauty routine will be exclusively unique to your own skin’s needs, so don’t compare your routine with your friend’s.
Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Crayons in Green, Yellow and Lavendar, $6 each at Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Colour correcting only with bright colours
Sure, half the fun of colour correcting is getting to use fun colours like blue, purple, and green but you can also colour correct with traditional concealers colours with different undertones to get huge results.
To find and use the right concealer properly, “choose a corrector that is a full shade darker than your skin tone,” says Tardiff. “For example, if you have a porcelain complexion, choose a light corrector. If you have a medium complexion, use a tan one.” Although you might be used to tackling your under eye circles with a light concealer, canceling out your dark under eye circles first will prevent that grayish murky look that can make you look twice as tired.
Forgetting to blend and highlight
“To bring back the corrected area to the same skin tone as the rest of the complexion, reach for a highlighter of the same undertone as the corrector to lift and brighten the area,” suggests Tardiff. “The highlighter needs to be a full shade brighter than your actual skin tone. Apply a sheer layer of highlighter all over the corrected area, then dab dry. Repeat and layer until the corrected area smoothly blends with the rest of the complexion.” (Here are nine easy ways to achieve flawless skin, by the way.)
Urban Decay Liquid Illuminating Mix-In, $39 at sephora.ca.