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Correcting Skin Discoloration with Makeup
Even after mastering the application of foundation and concealer, a woman may encounter a blemish or discoloration that's difficult to cover. Treating the problem with skin care products can alleviate it over time but, for instant gratification, try using a product designed to deal with discoloration immediately. Sold as color correcting creams, liquids, concealers or foundation primers, these products neutralize discoloration, making it much easier to cover.
No matter who you are, skin discoloration can arise on any area on the face, and for many reasons. Some people have dark circles they struggle with throughout their lives. While some believe that itís from lack of sleep or poor nutrition, itís often genetic. Other causes of discoloration stem from conditions like rosacea or acne that give the skin a ruddy look. Men and women may also develop brown spots from too much sun exposure and aging. All of these issues can be treated with a color-correcting makeup, but itís imperative to know which color to use for each specific problem.
Makeup artists, like other visual artists, use a color wheel to help them master color theory, a complex subject. Fortunately, correcting discoloration requires only basic knowledge, and looking at a color wheel definitely makes it easier to learn. Colors seen directly across from each other on the color wheel are called ďcomplementary colors.Ē Complementary colors neutralize each other when one is placed over the other. So, because green is located directly across from red on the color wheel, it neutralizes red. That means a color corrector with a green hue effectively corrects red blemishes or a ruddy complexion.
Other complementary color pairs used by makeup artists include blue and orange, yellow and lavender, and pink and brown, among others. So how can you use them? An orange or peach-colored concealer covers dark circles, which usually consist of blue undertones. Yellow areas can be corrected with lavender. Finally, to conceal brown spots, apply a neutralizer containing a pink hue.
When it comes to application, some women prefer to apply a color neutralizer first, and then apply foundation or concealer on top of it. The disadvantage of this method is that it requires using more of the neutralizer to correct the color. If the foundation is applied first, it tends to lessen the discoloration right away, so less color correcting makeup is required to fix the problem. And itís important to use as little as possible. Using too much neutralizer can lead to odd-looking orange, green, lavender or yellow spots on the skin where the color corrector was applied. No one wants that! Be sure to cover color neutralizers with concealer or foundation.
Though most people experience skin discoloration at some point in their lives, it helps to know that solutions are readily available. With products ranging from color correcting concealers, liquids, creams and foundation primers, youíre sure to find one that will give you the perfect complexion.
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