Have you ever wondered what people do with the green concealer you see on makeup shelves? It may seem a little strange at first, but it will make perfect sense to you once you read this:
Why Green Concealer Corrects Redness:
The concept behind concealing certain colors (ie: redness, blue under eye circles, brown sun spots etc) with other colors, goes way back to art class and color theory! Whichever color you wish to conceal, choose the color directly across from it on the color wheel to get the job done.
In our case, we want to conceal red (rosacea, pimples, rosy cheeks, injuries). Directly across from red on the color wheel is green, so as a rule, we should use a green concealer. This will effectively neutralize the redness.
Now that the underlying concept makes more sense, you might be wondering how to use green concealer/primer without looking crazy
When To Use Green Primer vs. Concealer:
My favorite method of using green to counteract redness is by using a primer. If you have minor ruddiness, or wish to cover up slight inflammation, primer will probably be your best bet. Also, since primer is much more sheer than a concealer, it will be a little more foolproof. Primer will not completely erase all redness, but it will definitely neutralize it so that when you apply your foundation, the redness will be a breeze to cover up.
How to Use Green Concealer:
If you have sensitivities to primers, need more coverage, or wish to spot-cover redness from a pimple or a cut, try a green concealer instead. Using an appropriate sized brush, apply the concealer to the area you wish to neutralize. Blend the edges so that they feather out seamlessly into your skin. Make sure to work with thin layers of the product, as it will be just as difficult covering massive amounts of green as it is to cover the redness. Once you apply the product, go over the concealer with your regular foundation or concealer. Finally, set the area with powder to increase longevity and to ensure that the makeup doesn’t move.
When you start to get the hang of it, you can start using an advanced color wheel to really control the shade of green and enhance your results. Just remember to look at the color across from the one you want to cover!
Primers I Recommend:
Left to Right: Smashbox Photofinish Primer in Green, Makeup Forever’s HD Microperfecting Primer in Green
Concealers I Recommend:
Yaby Cosmetics creme foundation in green
Green Vs. Yellow
While green concealers are effective, I actually prefer to use a yellow concealer to counteract redness. Yellow (not primary yellow, but more of a golden yellow) works like a charm and looks a lot more natural if you mess up.