Hiding redness can be a tricky process. You have to be careful with products because if you put on too much, your makeup can look like a cakey, unnatural mess. You also want to make sure that the products match your skin tone and that you blend correctly, so your makeup looks seamless and effortless.
One hero product that can really neutralize redness is a green concealer. Yes, green as in the color. And no, you won’t look like the Wicked Witch of the West. “A lot of people get intimidated by color correctors, but learning how to apply it the right way can really change your makeup game,” says makeup artist Karina Milan. “Although foundation can often help us even out our overall skin complexion, there are often tricky areas that don’t seem to get covered. That’s because different undertones and colors in the skin require a complementary color to camouflage them. The goal of a green concealer is to cancel out any pink or red tones in the skin that might seep through foundation.” And green concealer is best used when dealing with rosacea or red breakouts, according to makeup artist Tobi Henney.
Put on the green color corrector before foundation. Makeup artist Jen Tioseco recommends applying a thin layer to the area and letting it dry. Then stipple the foundation over the area to avoid rubbing it off. “Ensure you let it really dry before applying your foundation,” Tioseco says. “Dusting a really thin layer of powder to set it prior will really help lock it in place and keep it from mixing into your foundation as well.”
And you don’t want to apply the green concealer or primer all over you face, which is a common mistake Milan often sees. “It’s important to only apply the corrector on the areas that have a lot of redness. Otherwise, it’ll make the areas that are not red look unbalanced,” she says.
If you are dealing with a lot of redness overall, Milan recommends using products from Dr. Jart’s Cicapair line, which are formulated to calm the skin and have a very light green tint to help even the skin tone.
Take a look at some of the best green concealers to shop below.