It is completely understandable to be a little weary of putting something on your face that resembles a colour you would assume to be more closely matched to Shrek, or perhaps even Jim Carrey in The Mask. I can see the nervous look in my clients eyes when I pull out a green concealer and tell them it is going to work wonders on evening out their complexion...
But green concealer has been around since the 40's. When colour TV technology was brought in, makeup artists realised that they were not able to get away with quite so much as you can when filming in black and white. So more concealing needed to be done, and any sign of discolouration in the skin needed to be covered.
This is when they turned to the trusty colour wheel. The colour wheel is one of the first things we are taught when applying makeup professionally. It is no good piling on layers and layers of makeup that looks artificial, feels heavy and slips down your face after a couple of hours. The key is to colour correct the areas of discolouration first. Take a look at the colour wheel to the right, notice that red is the exact opposite of green, this means that the colours neutralise each other. The same goes for the blue and the orange, dark circles under the eyes are often of a blue/purple hue, so a peach coloured corrector will neutralise those blue tones. Using a colour corrector before applying concealer will mean most of the work is already done for you. Heavy concealer will often crack on the skin, settle into fine lines and be too noticeable for anyone to believe you aren't wearing anything!
How To Use
- Ensure your skin is cleansed and well moisturised, follow our guide on how to get the perfect base for makeup here.
- With a concealer brush or clean fingers, apply a very thin layer of Couleur Caramel Dark Circle Concealer in 16 Green. Only apply the colour to the area of skin that is red. This may mean using a very small pin point brush to apply to any blemishes that are particularly red. This colour is perfect for fair to medium skin as it is a pale green, a green shade any darker will likely show through any makeup you use on top of it.
- Make sure the colour is blended really well, and you will notice that the red tones will have significantly reduced. Next apply your concealer over the top, patting on the colour so as not to disturb the first layer of green you have just applied. If you were to rub the concealer on, you will likely smudge the green corrector underneath.
- The last step is to finish with your foundation in any areas you haven't covered. Remember it is not essential to wear foundation all over, just apply to areas you feel your skin needs a little coverage, let your natural skin shine through rather than applying a mask all over. Remember to pat onto areas you have concealed so as not to disturb the colour underneath. Then finish with a little powder if desired.
As you can see from the image above, the first image is with no makeup, the second is showing the green concealer counteracting the red tones in the blemishes, and lastly the third is with concealer, foundation and powder and all blemishes are covered effectively!