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Many, if not most, of us have had a blemish or something that we deem an imperfection. Usually others aren’t so aware of these things, but we tend to be much more critical of ourselves. Some of us are just a little annoyed with a feature or two, while some are severely distraught by them. No matter what your perceived flaw is, the chances are that most people would like to improve something. With the right makeup application you can virtually improve or minimize whatever it is that you want to change.


The first thing you should get is a concealer palette that contains 4 or more skin tone shades. This will give you the best variety for any time of the year and options to customize the color to suit your skin. You will want a skin color concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin, one that is 3 shades lighter, one that is 2 shades darker and one that is 4 shades darker. These four different shades will allow you to use them as they are or to mix them for the perfect shade.

Skin toned concealer shades are best for minimizing and expressing certain features. Shades that are darker than your skin tone will cause that area to recede. Use darker shades to thin wide areas or to make a certain area to appear smaller. You can use them to thin your nose by applying it to the widest area, or to help sculpt your cheekbones.

Lighter skin toned concealers will make a feature stand out by attracting the eye. They are wonderful for highlighting areas like the forehead, tops of cheeks, corner of the eye, or to make a nose appear thinner. With lighter concealer shades you also have the option of a flat finish or a shimmery one. Colors with shine should be used with a light touch because they are much more noticeable than a flat opaque one. Use the lighter shades in conjunction with the darker ones for more dramatic impact.

The only way that you will really know what shades and how they should be applied is to experiment. Try different concealers, colors and tones before you decide which to use. It is very important to properly match the concealer to your skin tone no matter what shade it is. The whole idea of using concealer is to cover or correct a flaw without it being noticeable. A shade with a red tone will stand out on someone with more yellow toned skin and vice versa.

At one point or another each one of us has been afflicted with a blemish, dark under eye circles, ruddy complexion or uneven skin tone. Unfortunately most of us think that there’s very little to be done about them and simply deal with it as best as we can. Normally the condition subsides in a few days, things calm down and we go about life as usual. However, sometimes, for some people the condition is much more prolonged or simply a constant in their life. No matter whether you suffer from a single random blemish or perpetual uneven discoloration, there are ways to help conceal them so you can always feel confident.

color correcting makeup

The most important part of color correcting makeup is having the proper tools for the job. You may have to shop around a bit in order to find the right applicators and shades to suit your needs, but it is definitely worth it in the end. Using the wrong colors or brush will only make the area more noticeable by magnifying the problem instead of diminishing it.

As far as applicators are concerned, you only need a few basics to cover your needs. First and foremost, you should have a quality makeup sponge for applying a variety of things. While the small triangular shaped sponges that come in a multipack are great for travel, quick touch-ups or as backups to your regular sponge, they tend to cause streaks and unevenness. Invest in a good cone shaped sponge and you won’t be sorry.

In addition to a quality sponge, you should also have a few great makeup brushes on hand too. For color correcting purposes you really only need 3 types of brushes to complete any job. You will need a small flat brush for tackling under eye dark circles, blemishes, and discolorations. Next up is a small, thin liner brush for hard to get to places like the sides of the nose, under the eyes, or around the lips. The last brush you should have is a medium fluffy brush for dusting on loose powder.

Now that we’ve covered the applicators we can move on to the color correctors that you’ll need. For areas with purple coloring use a yellow concealer to balance it out. Yellow is great for dark under eye circles or for purplish birthmarks. For areas with purple-blue coloring use a yellow with a tinge of orange to it.

If you want to cover blemishes use a neutral green to cancel out the redness. You can also use a pale green for a ruddy complexion by either covering your entire face with a green cream concealer or mixing a liquid concealer with liquid foundation. A cream concealer is best for those with very red skin because it is thick and opaque. Having sallow skin can really make you look sick, and maybe you are, but you can combat it by applying a pink tinted moisturizer or primer under your foundation.