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A quick guide to understanding colour correcting concealers

Roz Smith - Friday, October 23, 2015

We get a lot of questions about concealers at Zazi, so we have put together a quick guide to help you decide what will work best for your skin. 

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Determining which concealer is right for you depends entirely on what you are looking to conceal.  We have also included a colour wheel below for reference.

For red blemishes / Acne you are best to use a green concealer. Green is opposite red on the colour wheel, and so it neutralizes the colour. For best results, use a blender brush and blend over the area very lightly. Be careful! A little goes a long way and too much will give you a greying effect.

For darkness under your eyes a Peach colour is going to brighten the area.  Peach / orange tones balance the blueness in dark circles and neutralizes the darkness.  For flawless results, lightly use your finger to blend before applying your foundation.  You may also need to apply a very light touch again after applying your foundation, depending on how well you covered it prior. Zazi recommends the use of the butter around the eye area rather than the powder – especially for mature skin.  Peach is also a great over-all concealer for medium – dark skin tones. 

For a basic touch up / brighten Yellow concealer is your go-to.  Yellow is a safe colour and suits a variety of fair to light skin tones. Use yellow lightly with your finger on areas that require equalising.  A Yellow pigmented concealer is well suited to women who only require a basic concealing in general.

Always tread lightly when applying concealer and use slightly less to start with than what you think you may need – it’s much easier to add more than to try and take some off. As mentioned above and with Greens especially, too much can leave your makeup looking heavy and grey.

For foundation, always remember that your skin consists of a surface tone and an undertone. Your surface tone is simple, and is often referred to as light, fair, tan, medium etc. Your undertone is the colour beneath the surface of your skin and can be trickier to identify and match.  Use Zazi’s shade selection guide for help to choose the right tone for your skin.

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