Some say there is no substitute for a good night’s beauty rest, but when you can’t clock in your 8 hours of winks; we found that color correcting concealers can do the trick. We know most of you are well-versed in the world of flesh-toned concealers, but color-correcting ones can be a horse of a different color (excuse us, we couldn’t resist). Luckily, we sat down with Ashlee Glazer, Director of Makeup Artistry for PUCKER  and renowned NYC makeup artist, to help you master the art of purple, red, orange and every other hue under the rainbow.

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This color is ideal for anyone with fair to medium skintones with red undertones that are looking to soothe irritation and calm redness from breakouts, rosacea or broken capillaries. If your skin is on the drier side, Glazer suggests using a ” hydrating corrector like Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer.” Other skin combinations should use BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Pistachio under foundation or touch up on the go with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Mint.

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By now you have seen Deepica Mutyala’s infamous YouTube video that showed the powers of red lipstick banishing dark circles.This trick works so well because red neutralizes deep blues and green which are what most of those pesky undereye circles are made of.  However, only use lipstick if “there isn’t a concealer potent enough to correct your dark circles, ” recommends Glazer. We love NYX Concealer Jar to even out darker skintones with blue undertones.

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Reach for the purple concealer when your skin is in desperate need of a pick-me-up as it instantly adds a healthy glow to dull, sallow skin.  Reach for BECCA’s Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Violet if your skin is tan with yellow undertones. “Fair skins should reach for cooler purples (iris, lavenders etc.)” like  Clinique Superprimer Face Primer.


Blues instantly brightens whites,  so next time your peepers need a pop, add a “swipe of a navy eyeliner to your waterline,” or if you need a quick fix teeth whitening treatment, grab a blue-based red lipstick. Glazer’s go-to lipstick brands are MAC and Dior.


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Similar to red, orange concealers are your friend in the ever-going battle against hyperpigmentation and dark spots.  Choose an orange concealer with a slight blue undertone to further even things out.  But remember, “if you don’t have dark circles you aren’t going to need that. So, really look at your own face and imperfections and see what you need to correct for you because we are all different,” Glazer states.

Remember, color correctors aren’t a one-size fit all, so feel free to channel your inner Picasso and mix and match!  No one’s skin is universally flat, so blend different shades together until your masterpiece is complete.

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