Beauty Tips and Tricks

How To: Neutralize Redness with Green Concealer

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Have you ever wondered what’s up with the green concealer you see on makeup shelves? While it may look unconventional at first, green concealer is actually a highly effective way to counteract stubborn redness that cannot be covered by concealer alone. Keep reading for why green corrects red and discover how to use it for yourself.

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Why Green Concealer Corrects Redness:

The concept behind color correcting, 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 in order to get the job done.

In our case, we want to conceal red (rosacea, pimples, rosy cheeks etc). Directly across from red on the color wheel is green, so as a rule, green concealer will effectively neutralize redness.

Color Theory: Why Green Concealer Corrects Redness.

When To Use Green Primer vs. Concealer

My favorite way to use green in order 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’s a little more foolproof.  Primer will not completely erase all redness but it will definitely aid in neutralizing it so that when you apply your foundation, the redness will be easy to cover up. The only time I use primer in my kit is to color correct (which honestly doesn’t happen much). My favorite color correcting primers are by Koh Gen Do

How to Use Green Concealer

If you find yourself needing more coverage than a primer, or if you wish to spot-cover redness on a pimple, choose 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, powder it and then go over the corrector with your regular foundation or concealer. Finally, set the area again with powder. 

Check out my full guide to color correcting any skin discoloration HERE

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  • Reply Lindsey June 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Zoe! The Loreal CC Cream in green is actually designed to transform into a foundation color once it hits your skin. Since it’s a one-color fits all type of product, it would make sense that it looks orangey on you since you are fair. I’d look into returning it if you can. Hope this helps!

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