by corinne iaia

September 08, 2014

NAVIGATING A CONCEALER PALETTE


For the longest time, I avoided concealer palettes like the plague. I mean it; even if I picked one up I would use one or two shades, those usually being the two lightest offerings. Now that I'm getting a bit older (23 seems old to me, okay?) I will pretty much take all the help I can get, and learning how to use different shades of concealer to counteract various skin woes has been an invaluable bit of information when it comes to makeup application. Subtle concealing the right way can make all the difference - Trust me. 

The palette I have here is the Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette No. 2 which is best used on light to medium skin tones. When I first picked this up I was at somewhat of a loss in terms of how to use the different shades appropriately. With some research and trial over the past six months or so I think it's safe to say I can now "navigate" my way around a concealer palette. While this particular palette is home to four flesh toned concealer shades and one lilac corrector to banish dullness, I have mapped out the most common concealer tones and what their purposes are as a "cheat sheet" of sorts.

Green // Green and red are opposites on the color wheel, which makes this the best shade for helping reduce red tones in skin. This can include spots, discolorations, rosacea, or acne.

Purple // Most commonly a lilac tone as seen above, purple lives opposite yellow in the color wheel, making it the best shade to counteract yellow tones in skin. If you have a dull or sallow complexion, correct placement of this shade will instantly brighten up the complexion.

Salmon (Peachy Pink) // Best used to brighten the under eye area but also works well as a highlighter.

Yellow // This shade counteracts purple or grey tones in the skin, making it a great way to cover bags, bruises, or veins.

Neutral // A neutral shade of concealer will cover any minor blemishes or imperfections and make for a seamless finish. They work best when matched with the skin tone and can be layered on top of colored correctors for bigger problem areas.

Palettes like these are always welcome additions to the stash because popping one sleek little number into your bag is a heck of a lot easier than lugging around various concealers. I mix the first two shades together to create my perfect skin match, the darker shade works well as a very subtle contour, and the middle is bright enough to counteract any dark circles I've got goin' on. It has become my go-to for combating just about any imperfection and has such great staying power that it even works great on its own for days when you can't be bothered slapping on a full face. 
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