If you read the beauty section of my blog regularly you'll know that I suffer from bad under eye circles. To be honest I've been using orange concealer for as long as I can remember in hopes of getting that "8 hours of sleep" look. While colour correcting isn't anything new, every brand out there has just launched a new product to help us obtain that flawless look. Naturally I was intrigued to see if my complexion could improve, so I went to Sephora and picked up concealers in a plethora of colours. Keep reading to learn what colours are best for cancelling out redness, dark circles and how to brighten a dull complexion.
COLOUR: Lilac and pink
TO CANCEL OUT: Dullness
I'm a big fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty and I've been wanting to try this stick corrector since it launched. It's rather pricey at $52, but it definitely surpassed my expectations. The stick form calls for quick application and the formula itself is lightweight and blends like a dream. I tested it on half of my face pre-workout with foundation over top to see how it would hold up. One sweaty hour later, the side with the corrector was brighter and more awake than the none corrector side. Overall I love this product and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get rid of a dull complexion.
TO CANCEL OUT: Dark spots and deep blue & green under eye circles. Ideal for medium to dark skin.
I've seen YouTube tutorials of people using red lipstick to combat dark circles and thought it was weird. Then Becca launches their new corrector in the shade Papaya and of course I have to try it. Though I'm still unsure how I feel about it and the results are decent, not ground breaking. To erase dark circles, start by applying the red concealer first and blend, then apply foundation and a regular concealer. In case you're dying to get it, it's currently sold out on Sephora.com but I got mine in store over the weekend. Alternatively, you can use red lipstick like a YouTuber.
TO CANCEL OUT: Sallowness and dullness
Similar to the Marc Jacobs corrector stick, this one by Urban Decay also brightens up a dull complexion and cancels out sallowness. This formula is thicker and therefore has fuller coverage and is best used on small areas, like around the nose, where as the MJ formula is good for a full face. The average person probably only needs one lavender corrector, so I'd say go with the MJ. It's just nicer.
TO CANCEL OUT: Dark circles
This orange corrector was my holy grail for years and to be honest, I'm not sure why I stopped using it. The formula is pretty lightweight, with good coverage and blends in nicely. Concealer sits beautifully on top of the Armani corrector and looks pretty natural when all is said and done. The down side is that it's pretty expensive, but a tube will last you half a year. Keep in mind that peach and orange shades are best used on fair/ medium skin. Come to think of it that's probably why I stopped using it, because I needed something with full coverage...
TO CANCEL OUT: Redness
My complexion is olive so the only time I experience redness is when I have a pimple. This NYX concealer offers the most coverage and highest pigmentation out of all of the correctors here, but don't be fooled because that's not necessarily a good thing. I find it challenging to blend this one out because it's so pigmented. It's not my fave formula but for $8, I'm willing to keep it around for emergency pimple cover ups. If you have a lot of redness or spots, I'd recommend the MJ or Urban Decay correctors over this one.
BLEND, BLEND, BLEND
A good quality makeup brush will blend concealer flawlessly and help makeup last longer. I love both the Marc Jacobs No. 2 foundation brush and the Artis Oval 7. Both are pricey but they're good quality with dense bristles for superior blending and they don't shed. If there's only one brush you could have, I'd say get the Oval 7. It blends foundation to a flawless finish and works bronzer and blush in like magic. I'll do a full review on the Oval 7 soon so check back. (I got mine at Bergdorf's in NY but it seems to be sold out online. If you're desperate for an Artis brush, I'd recommend the Oval 6 over the Oval 8. It'll blend around the eyes and nose much easier.)
Colour Correctors Concealers from left to right: NYX green, Marc Jacobs Beauty Bright Now, Urban Decay Lavender, Giorgio Armani Orange and Becca Papaya.
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