Over the next few days, we're going to delve a little deeper into the wonderful world of colour-correcting concealers, starting with green. When it comes to colour correcting, it's all about using the colour wheel to figure out a balance. Green, for instance, is the opposite of red and so, it will neutralise any unwanted redness from acne, rosacea, birthmarks, ruddiness, blemishes and even scars.
Less is more: The worst thing you can do is give yourself a green mask, so apply the neutralising pigment only where needed. Start by using the tiniest amount of product — you'll be surprised how little you need — and blend well, layering a skin-toned concealer or foundation over it to avoid splotchy results.
Keep reading . . .Colour match: Just like flesh-toned concealers, colour intensity and tone play an important part in what shade of green you'll want to use. Some people look better with light-toned icy mint, while others benefit from a deeper, richer shade. If you can't seem to get the right match, customise your green by first diluting the pigments with a concealer. You'll know you've reached mixing perfection when it seamlessly blends into your skin, fading away any redness.
Think again: Ask yourself this, "Do I really need colour correction?" Chances are, it's unlikely. Unless you're truly rosy-toned or have a condition that makes the red really stand out, a green colour corrector is probably not needed. Remember, like Leighton and B, you want as much of your natural skin to shine through as possible.
Some options: Biotherm Aquasource Biosensitive SOS Anti-Redness Flash Corrector Treatment SOS ($75), Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer in Green Neutralising Shade (435) Maybelline Coverstick Concealer Corrector Green ($14.50) and Natio Complexion Corrector - Green ($12.95).