The 8 Best Color Correctors, According to Experts and Editors

Cover dark circles, acne marks, and hyperpigmentation in a swipe.

model applying color correcting concealer
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Treat your face like paint by numbers. I know, it’s weird advice. But hear me out: The second I started covering blue spots (read: my under eyes) with red color correctors and red tones (read: pimples and rosacea) with green color correctors, my makeup looked more even than ever before. “Color correctors are really used if there’s any discoloration on someone’s face—whether it’s under eye bags, discoloration, rosacea, or if they have any acne scars,” explains celebrity makeup artist Dani Parkes. You just apply a thin layer before your regular concealer and foundation. So sure: You may look like an art project at the get-go. But the even-toned payoff is well worth it. 

The key to a seamless finish that doesn’t peek through foundation boils down to the product you're using. You’ll likely need a green, a red, and a peach to complete your kit, but the rest of the process is pretty foolproof. Just use a small amount of product on the area that needs to be camouflaged, let the product dry down (this is important, people!!), and then proceed as normal with your concealer. 

To help you get started disguising your dark marks, spots, and under eyes, I’ve tried dozens of different color correctors—and tapped the pros for their favorites—to determine the eight best color correctors in existence. 

What to Look For in a Color Corrector

  • Color

The shade of color corrector you choose means everything. Different colors cancel out different hues in different skin tones,” explains Parkes. “For example, green will cancel out redness, but red will cancel out purple, which is very common under the eyes.” You’ll also want a peachy tone on hand if you’re trying to cancel out any blemishes or acne scars. Yellow is a good go-do if dullness is your concern, too. 

  • Texture 

The key to a good color corrector is finding one that feels lightweight. The last thing you want is to feel like you’re adding an extra layer to your makeup routine. “You put color correctors directly on your face. Then, I’ll apply concealer over top and foundation on top of that,” says Parkes. Find a texture that feels weightless and doesn’t leave a cakey residue behind. 

The Best Color Correctors

Meet the Makeup Artist

Dani Parkes