First of all let’s discuss what each of them does:
Concealer: A concealer does exactly what it’s meant to do, i.e: conceal the targeted areas of our skin. Using the right type of concealer makes your skin look even and well-groomed.
Corrector: Colour correctors are mean to neutralize the discolouration on our skin. They DO NOT come in skin shades but in various colours of the spectrum that counterbalance our skin shade.
So now that we have made it clear what each of the above mentioned products does, let’s move on to the difference between them.
The main difference between concealers and correctors is that a concealer has a lighter, smoother formula as compared to a regular foundation. On the other hand, colour correctors are much denser. Both products come in a wide variety in terms of texture; for instance powder, cream, liquid, stick etc.
A concealer is used to hide the imperfections on our face so it is essential to use a shade that’s as close to your own skin shade as possible. Never use a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin, as it needs to hide our flaws and give our skin an even look – you may choose a foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin and blend it in but never go too light with concealer.
A corrector is basically used to neutralize our skin shade. Dark or light patches on the face or neck, which do not match with the shade of the rest of the face, need to be neutralized. This is where a colour corrector comes in. It balances out the shade of our imperfection to make it look more natural.
The key to using a beauty product well is to choose the best product as per your personal requirements. We all have different skin types and varying requirements to be very careful when choosing the right product. There is such a thing as a good/bad concealer. A good concealer is light, smooth, well-blending and adds the perfect amount of sheer glow to your skin. A good corrector would be one that has a tinge of colour from the colour wheel that helps balance out the complexion of our skin. An orange tinted corrector is good for hiding imperfections that appear bluish (for e.g. prominent veins and bruise marks), likewise a yellow tinted corrector would neutralize purple imperfections (for e.g. acne marks, purple under eye circles etc.) Correctors are applied on cleansed and moisturized skin before applying makeup.
You may refer to the following chart to know which corrector is meant for you:
Concealers can be used alone or mixed with the foundation. Choose a shade that exactly matches your skin and mix it in your regular foundation. Using this mixture, apply small dots all over your face, neck and other exposed areas and blend it in with a fluffy blending brush.
There you go! That’s the main differentiating point between concealers and colour correctors.
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