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.
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.