Thanks a lot!
Hi, Katie! Thanks for your question. I was actually going to do an entry on colored concealers in the coming days, so your question will help get me moving on this!
Colored concealers have been around for quite awhile. The basic premise is that in order to neutralize a color imperfection on your face, use the opposite color on the color wheel. Here are the guidelines:
- Yellow concealers best cover up blue flaws (usually the area under the eye, if you have a facial bruise, etc.). Yellow also works for slightly red discolorations as well.
- Lavender concealers knock out yellow discolorations and help a sallowed look. Women with darker skin tones can use lavender to conceal very dark under eye circles and dark spots.
- Green concealers neutralize red tones and are best for use on blotches, blemishes and other wine-colored stains.
Colored concealers promise to cover discolorations in a less obvious manner than normal concealers. You may consider using a colored concealer when you have a particularly dark or noticeable imperfection. Colored concealers can also be used to cover up tattoos, birthmarks, hickeys, or bruises better than a skin-colored concealer.
Plenty of colored concealers are on the market. Since I don't use them (I just stick with my Bare Escentuals mineral-based foundation--it seems to do the job!), I would recommend buying colored concealers from whichever brand you use for your foundation. If you want to test them out, I would recommend purchasing a less pricey brand (like Neutrogena or Physicians Formula) before going for the $38 a bottle Smashbox concealers shown above.
I hope that answers your question. Let me know if you decide to go with a colored concealer, and (if you do) what you think of it!