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Makeup Do’s & Don’ts: 6 Color Correcting Concealer Mistakes You’re Probably Making!

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The art of color correcting is the answer to covering your pale skin, dark circles, scars, and discoloration. But these mistakes could make your complexion look worse! Choosing the right concealer is complicated enough and applying it? Well that’s a whole other story! One wrong move and instead of having a flawless looking skin you’ll have a wrinkly, cakey mess face. And so to help you avoid these mistakes, we’re here to bring you the six common color correcting concealer mistakes you’re probably making and how to avoid them! Scroll down and keep reading!

Concealer is one of the products we cannot live without, hanks to this essential makeup product we have a fresh-faced look each and every morning.

Whether you’re covering up unwanted blemishes or prepping your skin to make it look flawless, concealer is a must have. But chances are,  you might be making some mistakes or even worse; you might not be using this multi-purpose product to its full potential!

Here are some common concealer mistakes you might not even realize you’re making.

Take a minute and see these six common color correcting concealer mistakes you’re probably making!

Not problem solving correctly


Since color correctors come in all kinds of varieties (liquids, powders, creams) and in countless shades (pastel yellows, chiffon, brick reds, peach, lavenders, blues, and greens) mastering the technique can seem daunting at first. But what exactly is it and why is it useful for you to learn how to properly pick up the skill? “Color correcting means canceling a darker skin tone pigment like dark circles, sun spots, acne scars by using a colored concealer,” explains Sebastien Tardiff, co-founder and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “As a general rule, a golden or yellow corrector is best for canceling out sallow, olive, and brown undertones, while a pink or peachy corrector works great for canceling out any signs of blue, purple, and red marks.” Your color correcting beauty routine will be exclusively unique to your own skin’s needs, so don’t compare your routine with your friend’s. Make sure you check out these tricks to mask scars, spots, dark circles, too.

Color correcting only with bright colors


Sure, half the fun of color correcting is getting to use fun colors like blue, purple, and green but you can also color correct with traditional concealers colors with different undertones to get huge results. “Choose a corrector (the Veil Cosmetics Complexion Prep is super travel-friendly) that is a full shade darker than your skin tone,” says Tardiff. “For example, if you have a porcelain complexion, choose a light corrector. If you have a medium complexion, use a tan one.” Although you might be used to tackling your under eye circles with a light concealer, canceling out your dark under eye circles first will prevent that grayish murky look that can make you look twice as tired. For more big results, check out the easy beauty tricks that make your face look slimmer.

Forgetting to blend and highlight


“To bring back the corrected area to the same skin tone as the rest of the complexion, reach for a highlighter of the same undertone as the corrector to lift and brighten the area,” suggests Tardiff. “The highlighter needs to be a full shade brighter than your actual skin tone. Apply a sheer layer of highlighter (Urban Decay’s Liquid Illuminating Mix-In is buildable and flattering on all skin tones) all over the corrected area, then dab dry. Repeat and layer until the corrected area smoothly blends with the rest of the complexion.” (Here are six easy ways to fake flawless skin, by the way.)

You picked up a random brush


When you’re color correcting, a natural finish will make your skin look flawless, so you want to avoid streaks and dreaded cakiness caused by using the wrong makeup brush. Using clean fingers is fine as you’ll be able to really blend the corrector into your skin, but a small concealer brush will also help you concentrate on specific areas on your face—you don’t want to use a large foundation brush as this will smudge away all your previous work.

You avoid experimenting


From soft pastel tones to bright colors, there are so many color correcting options for you to experiment with- and you’ll have to play around with different shades of color correcting colors (like red, blue, pink, peach, yellow, and brick) to see what undertones work best for you. The Stila Color Correcting Palette comes with a wide range of colors for you to use for different discolorations and scars so you can be well-equipped with the right colors should redness or darkness appear overnight.

You use one color for everything


When correcting discolorations and acne marks it’s important to give each section of your face the attention it deserves. What color corrects dark circles (a yellow to a peachy tone), won’t mask the redness caused by Rosacea (when a green tone would work). Battling acne? These blemish-fighting face masks will do the trick.

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