I had never used a colour correcting concealer until I tried a product called Cicapair by Dr Jart+. The silky cream has a slight greenish cast and is meant to work like a tinted moisturiser, colour corrector and SPF 30 all rolled into one. It goes on green and changes to skin tone after it is warmed by your skin for a while. I was hooked. So what are colour correcting concealers?
And why should you use them? Read on...
Korean skincare is so amazing. I will be writing a whole post on the subject but first a little bit more on the Dr Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream. Cicapair™ is a skin cream to calm sensitive, irritated, inflamed skin It’s formulated with resurrection plant, houttuynia cordata, and yarrow to enhance the skin’s viability and help support strong skin. It’s infused with minerals, including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium to help improve skin moisture levels and restore fatigued skin for a healthy appearance. I really love it because it helps calm my red cheeks before I put makeup on. With this product in mind; and the launch of the Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Colour Correcting Primer on MECCA Australia, I set out to research colour correcting concealers.
The key to concealing your skin properly relies on identifying these three things: (1) where you need to correct (under-eye area, around your nose, eyes); (2) what you need to correct (dark shadows, yellow tones, redness); and (3) the proper shades you need to use to get the job done. You'll need to assess your skin in natural light in order to do this. You can enlist the help of a friend too - which sometimes is a great help!
How to Apply Colour Correcting Concealers
When you are applying colour correcting concealers, It is best to apply your foundation or tinted moisturiser first. This means that you will use less concealing product. Often people think you need to be heavy handed with colour correctors. But if you remember that you are just covering shadows or slight discolourations you can't go wrong. You should apply colour correcting concealers lightly by patting them on with your clean fingertip, so the warmth of your skin helps them blend into your skin.
Which Colour Correcting Concealer Colours Conceal Which Problem?
Essentially to cover up redness and pimples, choose a green concealer; for sallow skin, choose concealer in a lavender or blue shade; for under-eye circles, look for peach or orange shades; for evening out your skin tone, try a yellow concealer. Check out my handy cheat sheet below.
How to Apply Colour Correcting Concealer
All you have to do to apply colour correcting concealer correctly is to use the right hue (as outlined above) to cover any problems, then lightly pat your foundation on all over your face. Another thing to remember when covering dark eye circles, is that you should cover the colour correcting concealer with your regular concealer then 'tap the makeup down' with a beauty blender. It is also important to remember less is more! There are some important dos and don't where colour correcting concealer is concerned.
Colour Correcting 101
1) Remember to choose the right colour for your skin. Orange is for dark skin and peach is for light skin for example.
2) Apply thin layers. Not only is it harder to work on top of thick colour correcting concealer, you run the risk of seeing the colour through your regular foundation if you apply too much!
3) Don't bother concealing your whole face with colours you don't need if you don't have to. Colour correcting is only for problems that really stand out. If you have a small pimple, regular concealer will do for this issue.
4) A Beauty Blender or beauty sponge is you friend when colour correcting! Be light-handed too; you don't want to push all your hard work all over your face.
5) Don't go too heavy handed with all your makeup otherwise you run the risk of looking like a clown! Remember I mentioned less is more?
How to Conceal Dark Under Circles
I am going to focus on under eye circles because I suffer from these. I am very pale and have cool undertones so I need the most help in this regard.
Neutralise the shadows under your eyes with a colour corrector.
Step 2 (optional):
For discolouration on your eyelids, consider a colour-correcting eye primer.
Finish up with a creamy concealer on top of your colour-corrected dark circles to create a seamless look to your eye area.
Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Colour Correcting Primer
The Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion - Color Correcting Primer features a perfectly pigmented formula that allows for buildable coverage to spot correct imperfections or all over correction. The Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion comes in 5 shades however MECCA only has four shades available to Australian customers; yellow, pinky peach, green and purple. As you may know yellow, the most universal color corrector, matches any skin tone, neutralising mild redness, dullness, and signs of fatigue. Their Pinky Peach Miracle CC Cushion is amazing for dark under eye circles and all over complexion. While the Green Miracle CC Cushion neutralises redness and discolouration and the Purple Miracle CC Cushion brightens up dull skin tones and neutralises yellow tones.
I remember colour correcting concealers my mum used to have, they were thick and hard to use. The Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion - Color Correcting Primer is super sheer and lightweight and it subtly neutralises and brightens. The versatile watery texture/nature of the Cushion allows for all over or spot treatment. You can either correct over your whole face/complexion by using the Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion in a swiping motion over the whole face with the included pad. This will create a smooth and even base for makeup application. And/or problem areas such as around the nose and chin, you can apply the Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion with a tapping motion, building up coverage as required.
Many people comment on the size of the regular Lancôme Miracle Cushion and the Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion. They are a lot smaller than other cushions (like those made by Laneige for example) and of course that means they hold less product. I am not put off by this because I feel like both the Lancôme Miracle Cushion and the Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion actually do a better job than most other cushions. You don't need much product.
I ended up purchasing the green and pinky peach Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion - Color Correcting Primers because of my under eye circles and because my cheeks are prone to flushing.