Color Correcting Concealers

I started wearing makeup decades ago. I only recall concealer coming in various skin tone shades to cover dark circles and other flaws. Today, there are concealers in multiple colors, each with a specific job. Let’s take the time to gain some understanding about color correcting concealers and how they work.

Very few of us have perfect skin. Some have dark circles, some have discoloration, some have redness, etc. Let’s take a look at The Color Wheel below to see how to pick the right concealer.


Notice the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors on the wheel above. A primary color is a color that can’t be made by mixing other colors together. You can see on the wheel that primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. A secondary color can be made by mixing primary colors together. For example, red and blue make purple; and yellow and blue make green. (I remember that from elementary school art class!) A tertiary color is made by mixing primary and secondary colors. Colors opposite each other on this wheel are called complementary colors (for example: blue and yellow).

Question: Why is this important when choosing correcting concealers?

Answer:  Because color correcting makeup will cancel out any discoloration of its complementary color.


Notice how these colors complement/neutralize each other

Do you have….

  • Redness or broken capillaries? Try green concealer. It will neutralize the red.
  • Unwanted yellow overtone or sallowness? Try a lavender concealer; or perhaps blue. 
  • Dark under eye circles, particularly on fair skin? Try pink concealer (which is more like peach or salmon). This color is actually a mix of red, orange, and yellow hues and dark circles are often a mix of blue, purple, and green hues. 
  • Purple or blue bruises or veins? Try yellow concealer. Yellow may also work for some on under eye circles. 
  • Dark skin (deeper than medium) and dark under eye circles or other dark areas? Try orange or red concealer.
  • Flawless or near flawless skin?  A neutral concealer will mask your minor skin imperfections. 

Correcting concealer palette

Color correcting isn’t for everyone. You may have already have a system that works for you. If not, give it a try and let me know how it worked!


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