What Is Green Concealer and Why Do I Need It?

Yes, that’s right. We said GREEN concealer. And yes, we know, you’re not Hulk or Shrek or any other fictional character whose skin tone is in fact green. So why are we recommending a green concealer to add to your makeup bag? Well, my friends, it’s time you learn about colour correction. Yes. On your skin.

You know how sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, you just cannot cover up a bright red pimple? You’ve used your skin-coloured concealer: no go. Your liquid foundation: didn’t work. You’ve slabbed a ton of powder on top hoping that’ll at least fix SOMETHING: nothing. Well, there’s a reason for that.

You’re not correcting the colour first. We’ll pause while you look confused. Yep, colour correction is a makeup term and not just something you do to your photos. It’s how you offset colours on your face that you don’t really want there. For example: redness, or purple under-eye circles.

Using a green concealer might sound insane, but the science behind it makes a lot of sense. Remember back in primary school, you learned about complementary colours? Well that’s what these are. Complementary colours fall on the opposite sides of the colour wheel and cancel each other out when used together. We’re not sure how it works, we just know that it does.

So, a red pimple covered with a green concealer tones down the redness. And a purple bruise or dark circle covered with an orange concealer gets rid of the darkness.

This especially works for those of us who might suffer from uneven skin tone (who doesn’t these days, right?), and it helps to make our appearance look more natural overall. But don’t worry, you’re not going to be seen with green on your face – unless of course, you choose to share pictures of the process, and by all means tag us!

But it works really simply: apply the colour correction concealers over your moisturised and prepped skin, but before you apply your foundation. Blend out the green and orange so it’s not just stark colours on your face, then apply your regular foundation over it, and continue with your regular makeup routine.

Genius, right? Who knew we’d actually use our primary school art class lessons in real life.

 

The XX Team

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