Brighten your complexion with colour-correcting concealers

There’s nothing like a flick of electric blue eyeliner or a bold red lip to add a fun edge to an otherwise everyday make-up look.While a pop of colour can work wonders when it comes to enhancing your features, most of us would steer clear of adding vib…

There’s nothing like a flick of electric blue eyeliner or a bold red lip to add a fun edge to an otherwise everyday make-up look.

While a pop of colour can work wonders when it comes to enhancing your features, most of us would steer clear of adding vibrant tones anywhere other than the eyes or mouth. However, colour correction is a phenomenon that when applied correctly, can give your face a flawless finish.

Before you worry that painting the rainbow may leave you looking more circus performer than skin sensation, cast your mind back to your primary school art lessons and you’ll realise that it all makes perfect sense. Shades positioned opposite each other on a colour wheel cancel each other out. Apply that concept to make-up and a smear of green works to neutralise any redness in your face, while purples can mute all yellow undertones.

A great starter kit is MUA’s Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Correcting Wheel. This palette is made up of eight blendable creams, including orange, to offset dark circles, and blue, to neutralise sallow tones.

“Dab the concealer onto discolourations, dark areas, or skin imperfections with a clean finger, brush or sponge and gently blend out until there are no apparent lines or demarcation between the concealer and your skin or foundation,” instructed MUA brand ambassador and professional make-up artist Karla Powell.

A more luxurious option is the CHADO Monts & Merveilles sculpting palette, with added plant stem cells for an anti-ageing bonus.

“Blend a mix of the three to find your perfect match,” advised celebrity make-up artist Danielle Hudson. “Add concealer over the whole area from under the eye, down to the cheekbones, and sweep right up to the top of the eye socket and corners.

Danielle also suggested applying the creams with your fingers, as the warmth will melt the product smoothly into your skin.

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