The One Makeup Step You’re Missing For a More Even Skin Tone


When it comes to evening out dark spots and discoloration, there is no one size fits all formula. Yes, we all know concealer is a must have, but sometimes one product isn’t enough to cover up purple bags or red splotches. That’s where color corrector comes in. The right shade—green, purple, peach, yellow, red—can counteract darkness when layered under your regular concealer.

Use green to counteract redness in fair skin tones.


Women with fair skin tend to have red hyper-pigmentation around the mouth and nose. To neutralize these ruddy areas, look to the opposite side of the color wheel to cancel it out—green. Also, the thinner skin around the eyes can reveal purple-tinted dark circles. Use a corrector or concealer in a yellow shade to fake an hour or two of sleep.

Pictured: Sephora Collection Bright Future Correctors, $14; and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $28;


Try purple tones to correct sallow, yellow undertones in medium complexions.

concealer_combinations_olive[3]Women in the medium, olive skin range tend to have yellow undertones and should look for a lavender corrector. “The purple counters skin that looks dull and sallow,” confirms Gerstein. Therefore, something like a purple primer makes it easier to brighten the overall complexion.

Pictured: Clinique Superprimer Face Primer Color Corrects Sallowness, $27; and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, $35;

Apply orange under concealer to even out spots on darker skin.


“Women with darker skin tones typically have darker hyper-pigmentation, with a purple undertone to the skin,” explains Sheriff. Therefore, these women should look for a warm color corrector such as red or orange shades (think: pumpkin). This correcting will work everywhere from under the eye to the cheekbones to around the mouth. Top it off with a concealer in the yellow family to even everything out and look more natural.

Pictured: Black Up Concealer Palette Magic Quad, $30; and Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $25;

Emily Rekstis

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