the Basics | Concealer and Corrector

Sunday, 7 December 2014

You can probably find concealer in almost everyone's makeup bag. It's absolutely everyone's friend whether you want to cover redness, blemishes, dark circles, anything to leave your skin looking smooth and even. If you've never delved into the world of makeup photoshop, concealers and correctors are here in a range of colours to make you feel like the very best you can be.


Generally speaking, concealers are used to provide higher coverage than foundation or powder to cover problems like dark circles under the eyes, blemishes, discolouration, redness, you name it. They can also be used to brighten dark areas on the face and as a cream or liquid highlighting product across the cheeks and down the nose.

Correctors are coloured products designed to counteract discolouration in your skin by applying the opposite colour and blending to a neutral finish. These work in accordance with the colour wheel so, for example, the opposite of red is green so to cover redness you would use a green-based corrector. These can also come in yellow, pink, and purple and are used in all different situations to neutralise and even your skin pigmentation.


You're mostly going to find cream concealers and correctors as you browse the makeup aisles and counters because that formulation is typically the easiest to blend. They can vary in consistency and this makes the product more or less suited for different areas of the face. For under the eyes, you wouldn't want a product that was too thick or drying because you're applying it to delicate skin but for blemishes, you don't want it too thin because it won't cover the blemish!

Sometimes correctors and concealers come in liquid form but these are used in much the same way as cream formulas. Correctors can also come in powders (like the very famous Ben Nye Banana Powder) and these are used over top of foundation and other cream/liquid products to create a base that reflects light a certain way.


This is probably the part that most people misunderstand about concealers and correctors. These are products designed to go on top of your foundation because they provide additional coverage to what your foundation already conceals. It makes sense, right? If you put concealer on underneath foundation then you're more than likely using more concealer than you necessarily need to which can lead to product wastage and a caked-on face.

Once you've blended your foundation in really well, see what areas still need a bit of coverage and then reach for the concealers and correctors. For blemishes, try spot concealing to make blending and covering easier. For larger highlighting areas, dab with your finger to warm the product up and work into an even blend with your foundation. Fingers, brushes, and sponges are all perfectly acceptable ways to apply and blend concealer so just use the one that works best for you and the product you're using.

Correctors work in the same way as concealers in that they go over the top of foundation but if you're using a powder corrector then this should be the last step of your base application to make sure you don't disturb its placement on your skin.

If you're going for a completely flawless face and want to layer up your concealers and correctors, use the corrector first and mix the concealer in over the top.

xx Julia

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