concealer colors

Anyone close to me knows that I follow a crazy amount of blogs and actually read them all every day through Bloglovin of course. Within this past week, I’ve seen an extreme amount of makeup articles regarding concealer colors, a predicted beauty trend for this season. I’ve been wanting to do a post about this for a while but being a beauty science blog I also wanted to explain a bit of the science behind this.

color theory

EM spectra

image from NASA

A simple physics lesson here: the light we see is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes gamma rays, x-rays, UV rays, visible light waves, IR waves, microwaves, and radio waves. The part of the spectrum that we can see is the visible light waves. Each color visible to the eye is a result of light rays hitting the object at a certain wavelength, where those waves are being absorbed into the object. The resultant color we see is the opposite of the coloring being absorbed. So if we see a red color being emitted, that is the result of blue light waves being absorbed into an object. If you remember from art class, the color wheel consists of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (ROYGBIV). You can relate this to the physics I explained above, where the color being absorbed will be complementary to the color being emitted. So red & blue, yellow & violet, etc.

So how does all of this apply to make up? The idea is as simple as it seems, the color of the concealer is used to counteract the color of the skin condition so that the wavelengths of the visible light waves cancel out to only show your natural skin color. 

concealer colors

Also known as color-correcting concealers, they are used to cover up blemishes, dark circles, fatigue, bruises, discoloration and dark spots.

below are my super simple guidelines for which color concealer to use:

color concealer guide

feel free to leave any comments or questions below!

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