Few things knock a girls confidence quicker than waking up in the morning and being greeted with problem skin. It kills me to see the dreaded, dark under-eye circles or a new spot on my chin and there's only so much foundation can cover without caking it on. That's why a basic understanding of concealer types and what ones suit best can be a girls secret weapon to flawless skin.
When it comes to complexion, the same rules apply as they did when we were in school learning about the colour wheel. Any colour on the wheel will cancel out the colour that is opposite when combined, or compliment each other when next to it. This is important to bear in mind when selecting what concealers to use.
Pink and peach undertone concealers are ideal for counteracting the purple/blue of under eye circles. As the skin is very delicate around this area I recommend lightly patting the product on with a slightly damp sponge or your ring finger as this has the lightest pressure.
|Anastasia Beverly Hill Cream Contour Kit £39.00 shades 'Banana' & 'Cool Pink'|
Yellow concealer is a good all rounder and is the default tone found in most products. Yellow works well for brightening skin tone, concealing purple under-eye circles and darker skin patches.
Green is directly across from red on the colour wheel and therefore is perfect for neutralising the red of pimples and discolouration around the nose.
NYX CW Concealer wand in Green & Lavender £6.00
If you have any yellow discolouration or are sallow skinned then investing in a purple concealer will help you in contrasting this by brightening and evening out your skin tone.
White concealer is not so much for colour correction but more for emphasising the natural highlight points on your face (cheekbones, nose, forehead, cupids bow). Many can find the white a bit harsh so mixing it in with a dot of foundation on your hand before applying tones the contrast down to look a bit more natural.
|Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer - 'White lights' £18.00|
When it comes to colour correction these steps should be followed after applying your favourite skin primer. You should then carefully blend your foundation over with either a beauty blender/sponge or a stippling brush. I wouldn't advise using a foundation brush to blend your foundation over these concealers as they can move the product around and ruin the finish slightly.
If you want to try any of these methods a good palette to pick up would be the Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette as its a very reasonable price and the cream colours are very pigmented.
|Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette £6.00|
|Morphe Corrector Wheel £9.95|