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How to use colored primers and concealers to even out skin tone

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How to use colored primers and concealers to even out skin tone
Have you ever seen those crazy colored primers while shopping for your beauty supplies? The ones that come in confusing yellow, green, pink, blue, and peach shades? Believe it or not, those crazy colors are a staple in most makeup artists’ bags, and they can help even out any skin tone. It works by simple color theory. Using a color that is opposite the problematic color on the color wheel (below) will neutralize the problematic color. You pick the color on the color wheel that is causing you problems, then find a product that is on the other side of the wheel. Simple, right?
Basic color wheel
 Here are some examples of how these unusual colors can help:
Redness is a common problem, and can come through most makeup. To avoid caking on flesh colored makeup, try a green primer. As you can see on the color wheel, green is exactly opposite of red and will neutralize redness on the face. I like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Adjust.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Adjust
Another shade that helps with light redness on fair skin is blue. If you have fair skin with light redness, a primer such as Make Up For Ever’s HD Microperfecting Primer in 05 Blue. It doesn’t look like it in this photo, but it is a very light blue that does an excellent job of evening out my patchy skintone:
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer
Another common problem is purple toned under eye circles. The best color to neutralize those circles is yellow. My favorite is Benefit’s Lemon Aid, a creamy concealer that applies like a breeze. Yellow can also be used to hide sun spots.
Benefit Lemon Aid

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