Colored correctors are able to erase dark circles, skin spots, acne and many other imperfections: here's how to choose them
Colored concealers are compared by makeup artists to a touch of magic that, with a balanced and calibrated stroke, sweeps away dark circles, dark circles and periocular signs but also small wrinkles, spots, redness, pimples, imperfections like a small spell. The concealer itself is a fundamental step in the daily make-up routine: it should be applied after the skincare ritual (moisturizer, serum, tonic, etc.) and after the primer, for those who are used to using it. The coat of foundation will then even out the whole complexion of the face, which will appear homogeneous and radiant. Not everyone knows that there are different types of concealer, classified by skin type and also by color.
Dry skin will like a creamier concealer while oily skin will prefer a liquid product, which does not clog the pores and lets the skin transpire, buffering the shiny effect. The concealer is applied with your fingers, tapping lightly, with a sponge (the beauty blender) or a brush, depending on your habits and the type of product. Correctors are also divided by color. From green to orange, each shade, each shade is designed to neutralize a certain type of imperfection, from couperose to bluish to purple dark circles. But how do you understand which corrector to choose and which one to use for each type of blemish or defect to be deleted? Let's find out which are the most suitable correctors for each type of dyschromia or imperfection.
- Concealer colors: how to choose them
- History of colored correctors
- Useful tips
Concealer colors: how to choose them
Those who go to buy a normal concealer usually opt for a shade very similar to the skin, to cover discoloration, blemishes, blemishes and unify all irregularities under a single shade, the one closest to the natural color. However, professional make-up artists and make-up artists, who also share all the secrets of their profession on social networks or YouTube channels and follow the stars during shootings or photo shoots, recommend taking a step forward – regularly or occasionally – and using colored concealers to segment, classify and correct any type of defect ad hoc, from bluish dark circles to couperose.
History of colored correctors
Colored concealers don't have as recent a history as you might think. Their origin comes from Japan, back in 1917. Shiseido, one of the most revolutionary and quoted brands in the East (and not only!) Developed this technique in 1917, inspired by the tricks of the Shimbashi geishas to always look splendid. In this way, the Japanese skincare and make-up brand consolidated a new concept of cosmetics, with customized colors and tools. In other words, you will buy a green or orange concealer not to create playful signs on the face, like at Carnavale or Halloween, but because in contact with the opposite color, or the shade of the discoloration, these products turn it off, bringing the skin back to a neutral and natural tone.
About these cosmetic studies, a real science of beauty was born, colorimetry, which is based on the graphic structure of a wheel that contrasts shades and plans to restore the complexion to its natural shade using the classic "war between opposites ". The colors of the dark circles corrector are distinguished from each other depending on the type of discoloration, and depending on whether this tends to white, red, blue. Here is a practical summary to understand which shade to choose to better perfect the complexion.
Green is suitable for redness, acne, rosacea. It is a color that contrasts red – it represents the opposite – and therefore is perfect for neutralizing all the discolorations that tend to this color, including pimples. Those suffering from rosacea, an inflammatory skin disease that affects certain areas of the face with pronounced redness, can apply a green primer or concealer to the skin to completely eliminate the discoloration in their make-up routine. It is also suitable for those with microcirculation problems and broken capillaries.
In the color wheel, orange is at the opposite level of blue and therefore neutralizes these tones and undertones. It is therefore perfect for eliminating dark circles around the eyes, dark circles and shaded areas around the eyes. Shades that replicate the color of the skin are also indicated, but they do not always manage to cover violent colors, such as particularly pronounced dark circles. Orange is particularly suitable for those with olive or medium-dark skin, while those with a slightly lighter complexion will preferably opt for a peach variant of this cosmetic. The clearer and more defined the eye, the more intense the orange pigment must be. Those who suffer from moderately noticeable circles can also choose a beige concealer that tends to orange, while the tangerine color neutralizes the more distinctly bluish marks.
Pink is the perfect shade to hide the dark circles of those with very fair, porcelain skin. It is a salmon pink, almost nude, the result of a skilful mix of red, yellow and orange. Dark circles will be easily neutralized with this shade. Pink also serves to revitalize, illuminate, light up tired and excessively pale skin, with the effect that some call "beaten". Warning: fair skin is often very delicate so it is best to choose a dermatologically tested, non-comforting cosmetic that makes the skin breathe.
Violet is the right color, in contact with the skin, to neutralize the yellow and yellowish drifts. In particular, it is chosen and used to combat a tired complexion, a dull complexion, lacking in brightness, tested by fatigue and tiredness. Violet is a revitalizer that gives the face a new allure, a freshness and in particular acts against the drifts of olive complexions, which at times give the skin an almost "sickly" appearance.
The yellow in the wheel is on the opposite side of the purple, so it is perfect for hiding bruises, raised veins, varicose veins and dark circles of this color. Even wine cravings and purple spots, such as rashes or particular dermatitis, can find an aesthetic benefit from a concealer of this shade.
Vitiligo is a skin disease (which can also extend to the face or only on the face) that involves some irregular and depigmented areas. To cover the white spots of vitiligo (which appear even more evident in summer, with tanning), concealers and high coverage foundation of the color exactly the same as that of the skin are needed. White spots are simpler to cover, but the color gap of those suffering from this disease (the areas are usually concentrated around the eyes and mouth) is very clear and must be covered carefully to have an even complexion.
Color correctors are very useful for correcting any defects, but they must be applied in the right way. First of all, the correct color must be chosen, and they must be applied in order to blend them perfectly with the skin, correcting defects and imperfections and bringing the complexion back to a natural shade. It should in fact be remembered that make-up has the task of enhancing the skin and enhancing its qualities, not covering it or hiding it behind a layer of colors applied in bulk. For this, as the experts teach, it is necessary to combine them with other cosmetics and apply them
Here are some useful tips for using color correctors:
- do not abuse them: experts suggest using them in front of obvious chromatic imperfections but also not regularly;
- understand which is the exact opposite of the color to neutralize, perhaps even with advice and help from an expert;
- apply them in combination with the primer and foundation;
- fight imperfections not only by masking them but also with proper skincare (for example, the eye contour helps to moisturize and revitalize the delicate skin around the eyes);
- inquire about treatments for rosacea, couperose and other skin diseases or inflammations: a dermatologist will give suitable advice to combat these problems from the inside, as well as with the indispensable help of make-up;
- remember to always moisturize the skin: skin that does not suffer from a lack of water will less frequently develop chromatic drifts to be fought with colored concealers;
- apply thin layers of product or risk the "cakey effect", which makes the face appear to be subjected to the fearful mask;
- do not use unnecessary colors: those with purple dark circles do not need to neutralize the blue;
- do not use colors all over the face, but only on the part affected by the blemish;
- dab the color with a sponge and help, if necessary, with a brush. The effect must be as natural as possible, so that the concealer integrates perfectly with the skin.
Colored concealers are a refined and intelligent conquest in the beauty world, because, as mentioned above, they are placed in a new era of cosmetics, in which make-up is not standardized but more and more personalized, based on the different defects, the different needs, to different skin types. The experiments, the tests with colors, the advice of the experts are very useful to learn the best techniques (and the perfect products for your skin) to make all the spots disappear, from redness to dark circles. Bringing out the naturalness and beauty of each face.