If you have ever seen concealer palettes, or just concealers generally, in weird and wonderful colours like orange and green and wondered what they are for and how people can put them on their face and still look normal then please keep reading. All will be explained. I will discuss why orange, green, lilac, yellow and even a concealer darker than your natural skin tone can be useful to you. All links and prices will be included.
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A peach or orange-coloured concealer is effective in neutralising the presence of under-eye bags. Orange is more suited to those with darker skin tones, if you have paler skin peach or salmon should do the trick. It will work by covering the purplish blue colours bags often are, for this reason you could use orange concealer on bruises too. You want to apply the coloured concealer beneath a concealer one or two shades lighter than your skin so your under-eye area isn't troublingly orange. This should essentially eradicate those pesky bags. NYX - £6
Green concealer is used for reducing redness, you can use it around any areas of redness on the face, for me that is around my nose, you can also use it on any spots or blemishes. You can apply the green pigment underneath your foundation. You can also use green concealer if you have sunburn.
A concealer that is lilac or lavender (any light purple shade) has a brightening effect on the skin. It is used in particular on sallow, dull, yellow-toned skin. You can use it on older bruises that are yellowing or yellow in colour. SBC - £3.50
Again like the orange concealer, the yellow concealer will neutralise dark bags, veins, anything purplish or even gray on the face. I don't see many makeup artists using yellow concealers as salmon/peach/orange concealers work in the same way and seem to be more in demand. Physicians Formula - £4
A dark concealer, a concealer that is a few shades darker than your skin can be used to contour obviously but it can also be used to diminish the size of any bumps. I have never tried this myself, so I am not sure how it works, but I can imagine it would do the trick as adding a darker shade to the face creates a shadow and makes it recedes (i.e. contouring). A lot of people make the mistake of using a brightening concealer on their blemishes and this just highlights the problem area, so it is definitely not want you want to do. If you need extra coverage use your foundation, or a darker concealer (only slightly darker don't go crazy) and blend it out. SLEEK - £8
The concealer that everyone owns is one a shade that is lighter than your natural skin tone. You only want it to be a shade or two lighter, you don't want it to match your foundation unless you use it to cover blemishes. Some people own two concealers, one for their under-eye area that they basically use as a highlighter so the face does not look flat and a separate one that matches their foundation to hide blemishes.
Thank you so much for reading, hope this was a useful post for you, let me know what concealers you use, coloured or otherwise. I, personally, only use concealer as a highlighter as I am too lazy to spend time covering every imperfection on my face, but I admire people who can take the time and effort to do this. Don't forget to follow and comment, hope you have an incredible weekend. Take care.