I wanted to expand a tiny bit on the recent post I did about concealing undereye circles. Hopefully most of you know basic color theory, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a quickie lesson:
- Colors opposite to each other on the color wheel neutralize each other. Targeting “problem” face colors, this means that green neutralizes redness, lilac neutralizes sallowness, and salmon/peach neutralize purple-ish undereye circles. The only “exception” is yellow, which can kind of multitask; it helps minimize redness and downplays blue-tinted veins. Applying a corrector with hints of these colors in them will help to even out the problem area and stop the dastardly color from poking through your foundation or concealer.
Before we continue, let’s get one thing straight. There are concealers and correctors, and they are very different. Concealers are meant to cover a discolored area and bring it towards the shade of the rest of the face, and may be worn alone if the discoloration is not too severe. Correctors (which often come in green, lilac, and yellow) are meant to neutralize the shades of problem areas, but require foundation or concealer over them (otherwise, they may appear ashy or just downright odd). Correctors are more of a professional tool, but for some of you, they may be required. Most of you are probably familiar with them in primer form (MUFE sells some great ones), and these may not need much else over them to hide their initial color; however, the most heavy duty ones come in cream form (much like a concealer), and a few companies sell liquid varieties (though these are often meant to be added into foundations and should not be used by the casual consumer unless you are quite confident in your knowledge of color theory and mixing/blending ability.) Some setting powders also contain the a hint of yellow to minimize redness (Ben Nye’s Banana Poudre is amazing for this).
So, if you want to hide blue veins under the eyes, turn towards a yellow-based corrector if they’re very offensive, or a heavily pigmented, yellow-based concealer if they’re less so. In this case, the yellow tint in a good concealer should be enough to disguise them without having to turn to a corrector, and this saves you the possibly problematic step of adding another layer of product under your eyes.