The Best Concealers and Color Correctors for Dark Skin

Felicia Walker Benson

Over the years we’ve seen many professional products and techniques make their way to our neighborhood beauty counters. When I was a teen (and even in my 20s), concepts like highlighting, contouring, and sculpting weren’t beauty techniques that I learned in the pages of Seventeen. Now these once pro-only techniques, and the products used to achieve them, are a common occurrence in daily life of beauty lovers.

The latest product to move on from the hands of experts to those of the everyday girl is color corrector. But what exactly does a color corrector do? Does it work for women of color?

Beauty expert Cynde Watson weighs in. “Color correcting is really important for women of color because of our multi-tones and the fact that we get hyperpigmentation far more than any other skin tone. Not only that, we scar. Color correcting helps neutralize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring. So color correctors are a dream for women of color.”

Color correctors come in a rainbow of shade offerings. There’s green, lavender, peach, orange, yellow, red, and pink—oh my! Each shade is designed to cancel out a very specific skin imperfection. For darker skin tones, peach, orange, and red work best because these shades neutralize purple and dark brown discoloration that women of color experience. Cynde further explains, “For black women, correctors help to mask the imperfection and bring healthy color back to the skin. The corrector works to balance the tone of the surface skin. Top the corrector, in a patting motion, with a concealer or foundation and skin returns to a healthy, glowing state.”

Now that we understand the benefits of color correctors, read on as I break down the best color correctors and concealers for dark skin.

What are your favorite concealers for dark skin tones? Let us know in the comments!

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