Color Correcting 101: A Guide To Hiding Blemishes

Have you ever had a color issue on your face that your regular concealer just wouldn’t cover? Stop searching for thicker and thicker concealers just to get the pigmentation you want, there is an easier way! Color correcting can help conceal your problem areas in less layers than your concealer alone!

Have a blemish that you just can't cover up? Color correcting can help! Try canceling out the redness with a green color corrector before applying your concealer.

A complete guide to color correction for skin problems.

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen those crazy concealer palettes with weird colors in it. Sure, we know green cancels out redness, but purple? Who the heck needs a purple concealer?! I don’t know anyone with purple skin!

Color correcting takes a little knowledge of the color wheel, but I will give you a quick run-down so you can start correcting your imperfections a better way instead of caking on endless amounts of concealer! 

Color correcting concealer palette

I like this NYX color correcting palette for a lot of reasons, but mainly because it’s inexpensive and has all of the colors I need for my skin! There are tons of options available including this palette, or even buying the specific shades you need individually like these pens here.

For the purposed of this blog post though, I am going to go off of this palette here and work on the colors in order from top to bottom, left to right.

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Bright, warm shades like this one are great for neutralizing purple hues (and purplish blues). Yellow works best for camouflaging bruises and veins. It works well for very dark hereditary dark eye circles or covering a black eye or any facial bruising after cosmetic procedures or an accident. Just apply the yellow only to the purple area and cover with your regular foundation.


Green toned concealers are perfect for covering up redness. It’s probably the most popular as far as color correcting concealers because almost everyone has some form of redness that needs to be covered. It works well for covering blemishes, rosacea, and anything else you can think of that’s red. I use it around my nose and mouth where I’m prone to get redness through out the day. Just apply to the red area, blend out, and then cover with your foundation once it’s dry.

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Purple tones are best for covering up yellowish and orange tones. Additionally, purple works well for hyper-pigmentation and dark spots. It also comes in handy if your self-tanner turned out a liiiiittle more orange on your face than you were hoping for. For spot correction just dab a little over the spot and blend before foundation, for a whole face application, you can mix a little with your primer or put a very light layer over your entire face. Then, make sure the color is set and apply your foundation over the top!


These peachy pink tones are the best for correcting blue and green hues. That means, these peachy tones are perfect for covering most undereye circles! If you’ve ever been disappointed with your concealer for just not working when you haven’t had enough sleep, this is likely the perfect fix for you! Most concealers are neutral colored which works fine to brighten up areas, but they won’t truly cover anything that’s a different tone than normal skin colors. Dark circles are usually blue and green, which the last time I checked, weren’t too normal in terms of complexions. Just pat this pink shade under your eyes and then apply your concealer on top. You will be AMAZED at the difference it really makes!

Neutral Brown/Beige

The bottom two colors in this palette are typical neutral concealer shades. Using these to cover slight imperfections can work, but work best to cover when used with one of the color correcting shades above! If you have a lighter complexion, these shades are also great for contouring! Medium and darker complexions will be able to use these colors to conceal and brighten.

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How to Apply

So, now that you know a little bit about the color theory behind it, application is the second most important step. To cover and correct the color without highlighting it, you need to make sure you’re only applying the colors in the areas that they are truly needed. If your covering a red blemish with green concealer, make sure you’re only putting the green over the red area. You also need to make sure that your patting the color on rather than smearing it. Beauty sponges work well for this type of application, you can read more about how to use them here. Just definitely make sure your dabbing and not swiping. You want to make sure that the colors stay exactly where you put them!

Do you use color correcting concealers? What are some of your favorites? Drop a comment and let me know!

love, jessica


  • MaryJo

    Great info! I suffer from rosacea and have always been skeptical of putting something green on my face, but I think you’ve convinced me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jessica

      It really works wonders!! Just keep the green layer thin and make sure it dries before you move on to foundation. I hope you love the results! ❤️

  • fluidsign

    I am an artist, but not a makeup girl. This makes total sense from a color theory perspective, but I never would have thought of applying to to concealer. Thanks for the tips!

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