Color correctors and concealers often get mixed up, but they are actually quite different; while a concealer works to ‘conceal’ a problem area, color correctors neutralize it. Unlike concealers, which are only available in skin tone shades, color correctors come in a wide range of colors, from green to purple to yellow, with each shade having the ability to neutralize a different specific issue.

Understanding Neutralizing Colors
The quickest way to understand how different colors can neutralize each other is by looking at a color wheel. Colors that appear opposite from each other on the color wheel are able to neutralize each other. While it may take some time to get the hang of using a color wheel, it is always useful to keep one near you for reference when applying your makeup.

Green should be used if you are looking to neutralize areas of redness, and work fantastically as a spot treatment on pimples, acne scars, and even redness around the eyes. If you suffer from areas of widespread redness, such as that caused by rosacea, sunburn or windburn, then a green color correcting primer is what you need, as it will drastically reduce any redness and give you an even base to apply your makeup onto.

Purple, Lavender and Lilac
Color correctors in shades of purple are fantastic at neutralizing yellow undertones. From yellow-hued bruises to sallow and dull complexions, purple is the shade to opt for, as it will leave your skin with a beautiful even glow. Purples are also great at concealing under-eye circles that are especially dark.

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When it comes to bluish or purple bruises, visible veins and under-eye circles that are not too severe, then yellow color correctors are what you need. Yellow is usually the most common color corrector shade, because it also works well to even out general discoloration, warming the face and leaving it with a brighter complexion.

Those who have lighter skin tones are best staying away from orange color correctors, unless you happen to be working on facial contouring. However, orange-toned concealers are extremely effective on darker skin tones, and will neutralize dark circles, as well as any other areas of deep discoloration, with ease. The darker your skin tone, the darker the shade of orange you should use, as the extra pigmentation will be needed to effectively neutralize your problem areas.

Pink, Salmon and Peach
Color correctors in shades of pink are great for brightening up the complexion, especially around the eye area, as they effectively mask any signs of fatigue. If you have fair skin, or even olive-toned skin, that has been looking a little ruddy, then a pink color correcting concealer is the way to go.

When it comes to color correctors, you do not need to stick to just one shade. If you have different skin issues that you would like to address, then seek out a color corrector for each of these, rather than looking for one shade that will be able to neutralize everything.