I am a self-proclaimed beauty enthusiast. What does that mean? I love all things about getting pretty. Except the washing my face part, LOL. Although I love to play in makeup, my routine is pretty simple. I’ve been blessed with a pretty even skintone. In the AM I just apply foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara (maybe). I’ve never had to use a concealer.
After chatting with blogger, Nadege from Atomic Beauty, I realized I am the exception to the rule, and many of you swear by makeup color correctors and concealers. So here are some tips on how to properly apply them.
CORRECTORS VS CONCEALERS, what’s the difference you ask?
Correctors are different from concealers, because instead of “concealing” the problem area like what a concealer does, they neutralize the area. Sometimes it is better to correct than to conceal. You want to be able to neutralize a color before adding another color on top of it. For example, if you have dark under eye circles (black/blue), concealing a color on top of another will make you look cakey and enhance the flaw.
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THE COLOR BASICS
1. The color green neutralizes red, so people with lots of redness such as rosacea need a green corrector to counteract the color before adding their foundation or concealer. Lighter skin tones will benefit the most with these correctors.
2. Darker skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discoloration. They will need neutralizing colors such as oranges and bisques to counteract the darkness.
3. If you have sallow skin (dull, bland, needs a pick-me-up), you will need a lavender/lilac type corrector to brighten the skin.
THE TRICKY PART
1. Darker skin tones do not only need oranges, bisques and lavenders. If you have dark skin, you need dark peach/orange colors and dark bisque colors for the corrector to neutralize. This is important, because I made the mistake of buying a yellow corrector I thought would do the trick to neutralize my dark circles. The light color is not pigmented enough to make a difference when you conceal.
2. Lighter skin tones will need lighter colors. Think yellows, light peaches, lavenders, light greens and so on. Darker correctors are too heavy and will have too much pigment for your skin tone.
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3 RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS TO USE
This is a simple way to remember it — light skin tones should stick to light correctors and dark skin tones should stick to darker correctors. So what brands/products are good for correcting both lighter and darker skin tones? There are a few that work great, but my top favorites are:
1. Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette
2. Bobbi Brown correctors (they are amazing and have a wide array of shades)
3. Smashbox Photo-correcting Primer in Blend/Adjust/Balance
Or you can make your own by mixing a lipstick or pigment with your concealer!
Here are a few visuals of correctors:
(L to R: Bobbi Brown corrector in Dark Peach, Maybelline corrector in yellow. See the difference between the yellow corrector and the dark peach? One has a darker pigment than the other. Dark Peach works great for darker skin tones, while yellow is awesome for lighter skin tones)
(When you blend well, you can’t even tell the difference!)
Q: So tell us, What’s your morning beauty regime? Are you a foundation only girl like me or do you have a favorite corrector or consealer you use daily?
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GUEST BLOGGER: Nadège Ngomsi is a self-professed beauty addict and lipstick “enthusiast”. Her love for all things beauty and fashion prompted her to create Atomic Beauté, a beauty blog for the modern woman featuring tips, tricks, reviews, swatches, travel, fashion and more! Read more about her on www.atomicbeaute.com.
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