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We don’t know where we’d be without concealer, but the truth is even concealer has its limitations. That’s where colour correctors step in. Available in four different shades, each one is designed to neutralise different kinds of discolouration. Want to know how it works? We spoke to Napoleon Perdis’ Global Makeup Artist Siobhan Kelly to learn which colour corrector tone to use according to your discolouration concern.
Yellow colour correctors
What it does: Highlights. “It has the potential to really lift the face,” confirms Kelly.
When to use it: After foundation, apply to the top of the cheekbones, the Cupid’s bow and the bridge of the nose using an eyeshadow brush. Set with a powder.
Product pick: Napoleon Perdis Mighty Concealer Pen in Mellow Yellow.
Peach colour correctors
What it does: Counteracts dark circles, pigmentation, sun spots and unwanted tattoos.
When to use it: After foundation, tap a little bit onto dark areas using a small synthetic brush. To cover any unwanted tattoos, dip a tapered eyeliner brush into your concealer and apply onto the outline of the tattoo. Set using a pressed powder.
Product pick: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach.
Purple colour correctors
What it does: For those with a deeper skin tone, it brightens and counteracts sallow skin.
When to use it: Apply a purple-based primer over your face to boost brightness.
Product pick: Touch In Sol Dark Out Long Lasting Primer in Bright Purple.
Green colour correctors
What it does: Counteracts redness. “Be it an unwanted spot, rosacea or sensitivities to the cold,” explains Kelly.
When to use it: Apply the corrective primer before makeup.
Product pick: Smashbox Colour Correcting Stick in Get Less Red.
More colour correcting tips
Need more than one shade of colour corrector (don't worry, many of us do)? Grab yourself a colour correcting palette.
And to get the application flawless? We love Beautyblender Micro Mini Correct Four – their smaller size make them perfect for getting into tricky areas like around the nose and along the brow bone.
Adriana has been writing about the beauty world for more than 15 fun-filled years and has a real passion for helping women navigate gracefully through those tricky 45+ years.