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How To: Neutralize Redness with Green Concealer

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.

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  • Reply Christina September 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    thanks a lot. :) this helped so much. i always breakout around that time of the month and always noticed that concealer doesn’t do enough to cover those problem blemishes. i’ve always heard that green cancels out the red so i went to the drugstore and grabbed Maybellines cover stick in green and needed to find out how to use it. again thanks :) you helped a bunch!

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey September 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Glad it helped you out a bit! Let me know if you have any questions once you try it out :)

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  • Reply mashii August 10, 2012 at 5:23 am

    heya thanks for the beautiful tips. is bare minerals green concealer ok for me, because i have acne.
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    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey August 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      That should definitely work. It just depends on if you like it or not :)

  • Reply kassim fergurson August 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

    am 30 years old , please i have this red lips which irritate me so much that i do shy, sometimes if am going out please advised what i should do to get away the redness on my lips to a normal dark colour …am black in completion

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey August 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Kassim!
      Cosmetically, after applying your foundation you can tap some on your lips to tone down the natural pigmentation. Applying a lipstick/gloss over the foundation will give you a true color.
      Hydroquinone cream, Kojic Acid and topical retinoids might provide a longer term solution.
      Good luck!

  • Reply How To Use Green Makeup Base « September 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

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  • Reply Prerna December 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I always red about the green concealer yo cover redness bug never tried. You have explained it so beautifully and this made super easy

  • Reply Sandra February 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I have red cheeks due to mu heritage. I purchased Maybeline green concealer. It works fine, but I find the consistency of the product has the color of a foundation when applied to the skin. I really don’t need a foundation over the concealer. I am wondering if this is the way concealer should be when applied to the skin. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..

  • Reply Scottishlass February 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I have red cheeks because of my heritage. I recently purchased Maybelline green concealer for my cheeks. While applying the concealer I notice that it takes on the color of foundation. After application, I don’t need to apply foundation. Is this the way concealer is suppose to look when applied to the skin? Any comments will be welcome. Thank you…

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey February 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      When using correctors, it should appear as a very sheer wash of color on the skin. It sounds like this is what you’re doing, since the green is neutralizing the redness and it’s turning into a more skin-like shade. If you like how it looks, and there’s no green tint to your skin, then you don’t necessarily have to apply foundation on top. A problem that a lot of people make with correctors is applying it to heavily and then needing to apply a thicker coat of foundation in order to hide the green. It sounds like you’re applying the product perfectly. Let me know if you have any other questions! Hope this helps, Lindsey

  • Reply maddie October 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    will this help to cover freckles pls let me know asap xx

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey October 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Hi Maddie,
      Green will not color correct freckles. Depending on the color of your freckles you should correct with more of a peach/orange or even a pink corrector.

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