Many makeup concealers can hide hyper pigmentation spots, dark under eye circles, acne, scars, tattoos, and dark veins while at the same time providing a smooth blend-able cover up for almost all skin flaws. At one time or another we all want to conceal some type of imperfection on our face or body and caking on makeup concealers will only make the skin flaw stand out even more if you don’t use a formula that gives full coverage.
So how do we hide without enhancing?
Most flaws on our face or body are color related flaws such as purplish under eye circles, blemishes, tattoos or birthmarks to name a few. In order to mask the flawed color and make it less obvious, you need to use a neutralizing makeup corrector in green, yellow or purple to conceal the flaw and then apply a neutral concealer over the top to even out and neutralize the flaw to match your skin tone.
Neutralizing colors, are shades of color that appear opposite on the color wheel. For example- blue neutralizes orange, green neutralized red and so on. In order to cover red blemishes and blotchy skin, you must neutralize the color first with a green makeup concealer followed by a neutral concealer over the top, then cover with foundation makeup. By adding a typical colored makeup concealer, you won’t conceal the problem because the red or blue tones will shine through. So you always need to neutralize the flaw first, then cover with your shade of foundation. Makeup concealers usually come in 4 color choices: green, yellow, purple or peach and you will need to understand the color wheel to figure out how to neutralize the flaw.
Using a Color Wheel
Red: Acne or Rosacea-Use a green concealer
Blue or Purple: Bruises or under eye circles-use peach or yellow concealer
Green: Viens or tattoos-use purple or orange toned concealers
To cover a full color or colorful tattoo we recommend using a sponging technique that utilizes all the concealer colors and then follow with a neutral based concealer to hide the entire tattoo. This technique is used by male and female body builders when they are competing on stage. This technique can be a slow process but with time and patience you can get the coverage you need to conceal the colors of any tattoo.
For more info on correcting and concealing check out our online course that has a step by step video tutorial teaching you how to correct and conceal.