Green, for instance, is opposite of red on the color wheel. In theory, it will neutralize any unwanted red hues from things like acne, rosacea, birthmarks, port-wine stains, ruddiness, pimples, and even scars. But do green correcting sticks, powders, and primers work? When it comes down to it, yes, but to find out a few ways to avoid looking as if you've been hit with a bad case of food poisoning, just read more.
- Less is more: The worst thing you can do is give yourself a green cast overall, so apply the neutralizing green pigment only where needed. Start by using the tiniest amount of product — you'll be surprised how little you'll probably need — and blend well, layering a skin-toned concealer or foundation over it to avoid splotchy results.
- Color match: Color 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 greens, while others benefit from a deeper, richer shade. If you can't seem to get the right match, customize your green by first diluting the pigments with a concealer. You'll know you've reached mixing perfection when it seamlessly blends right into your skin, fading away any redness you might have. Tip: if you do happen to go overboard with the green, use a yellow-tinged powder on top to tone it down a bit.
- Think again: Ask yourself this, "Do I really need color 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 color corrector is probably not needed. After all, you want as much of your natural skin to shine through.
- Some options: Maybelline Corrector in Green ($5), Smashbox Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Green ($38), or L'Oréal Color Correcting Primer in Green ($13).
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