Colour Correction Makeup or Concealer?
• October 12th, 2016
Colour Correction Makeup or Concealer?
What's the difference between colour correction makeup and concealer? Understanding the difference and how to use these two makeup bag essentials.
Dark circles, red patches and blemishes; we all have our imperfections. And when we’re striving for that flawless finish (which is always, really, isn’t it?) daily foundation often won’t cut it.
That's when the help of colour correction makeup and concealer is needed.
Like most make-up products as we know them today, concealers were first introduced as a beauty aid during the rise of Hollywood.
Actresses (and actors!) didn’t want their all too humanising spots and blots captured on film, and nothing’s really changed since.
Unlike complexion-covering foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers, which are applied all over to even skin tone, colour corrector and concealers both target specific skin woes.
But what’s the difference between the two?
Concealers are a much lighter formula compared to cover-up makeup, they actually work like a high dosage shot of cover up. Concealer can be used alone, but it's best applied after your base. Its flesh tones teamed with its denser texture allows it to more effectively disguise light to medium imperfections and problem areas. When selecting a colour, it's best to opt for one that matches your skin-tone or is one shade darker than your foundation.
Concealers are generally available in the form of a powder, liquid, cream or stick - but what type works best?
- Powder Concealer
Powder concealer offers long-lasting coverage for light to medium imperfections. Darker blemishes may require a liquid concealer. Powder concealer can be used anywhere on the face, under or over your foundation and it looks very natural. Mineral powder concealers offer a much healthier solution than a standard powder concealer,meaning they won’t worsen dilemmas by clogging pores or irritating sensitive skins.Powder concealers are best applied with a concealer brush.
- Liquid Concealer
Liquid concealers offer good coverage but are mainly suited to those with dry skin. While liquid concealer does a good job in covering redness and blemishes, it looks less natural and doesn't seem to last as long a powder concealer, leaving the skin looking blotchy after a few hours. Liquid concealers are generally fine to apply with the fingers.
- Cream Concealer
Cream concealer is probably the heaviest and least natural looking of the bunch. It generally has a smooth and creamy texture, however on occasions these do tend to be very dry and thick. One advantage however, is that cream concealer is available in several tones offering more options to hide problems. Cream concealer may look caked-on if not applied properly, so it's advisable to use a brush rather than the fingers.
- Stick Concealer
Stick concealer is more of a convenience on-the-go option. It has similar consistency to a cream concealer and although it will cover imperfections, it tends to look less natural.
Colour Correction Makeup (Colour Corrector)
As the name hints, colour corrector works harder to neutralise more extreme discoloration, be it dulling yellow shadows or bulging red blemishes that could stop traffic.
The notion is that opposite colours on the colour wheel neutralise each other, so a green corrector brings down red skin (spots, birthmarks, rosacea) while the yellow corrector neutralises blue, grey and purple tones (under-eye shadows, dark spots and bruises.)
Unlike concealer, colour correction makeup goes underneath foundation, but both can be used to treat recurring issues daily or just when skin flares up. We all know those mornings...
Celebrity make-up artist Krystal Dawn who has worked with the likes of Michelle Keegan, Jessica Wright and Stacey Solomon, reveals exactly how she uses the duo for maximum effect.
“I always use colour correctors before I apply concealer. For example, on the under-eye area there is often a lot of discolouration thanks to blue-purple undertones. I then apply the normal concealer over the top the top and blend them in together.”