Everyone I am back with another post and this time I want to talk about color correcting.
Color correcting can be so beneficial in making sure acne scars, dark circles, hyper pigmentation, dullness, redness, sallowness, and any other issues you may have with your skin stay hidden under your makeup. Color correcting is very easy, all you need is a color wheel or at least knowledge of the color spectrum.
(Image is from Color Wheel Co.)
The color wheel above is the most used color wheel in the industry because it provides all the colors (primary, secondary, and tertiary colors). The back of the wheel also provides different shading of the colors, especially when adding black or white to the color.
Color correcting color guide:
To color correct look at the area that needs correcting and use the color opposite of it.
- If your face is red or has redness use green to cancel the redness.
- If your face has a dull or looks yellow use lavender to cancel the yellowness or use pink to create brighten your face.
- If your face has a purplish tint or just look really sallow use a yellow corrector to cancel it out. This is good for bruises that may be on the face.
- Now depending on your skin tone various shades of orange (peach to salmon to coral to burnt orange) can cover up hyper pigmentation and dark circles. Typically myself I use orange or a lighter version of it to cancel out my under eye circles.
- In some cases, deeper skin tones (think supermodel Alek Wek) may use a red corrector to cancel out any discoloration in the skin. (I tried this and it was too intense and totally changed the color of the concealer I put on top of it.
- Make sure you match the intensity of the skin issue to the color of the corrector. This is very important
- i.e. if your dark under eye circles aren’t super dark, don’t use a deep orange, it will stand out under your makeup. Instead go for a softer orange like peach or salmon that will hid the dark circles more easily without showing under your makeup.
- Basically, the deeper the skin discoloration the deeper the color correcting concentration should be and the lighter the skin discoloration, the lighter the color correcting concentration should be.
Applying the color corrector:
- Apply with a synthetic bristle brush with patting motions and blend around the edges. Make sure to pat and not blend the actually product because it may move out of place.
- This step is optional but it helps for me, after applying the corrector apply a then layer of colorless setting powder to further ensure the corrector won’t move.
- Apply your concealer or foundation the same way. Pat don’t blend unless it’s around the edges.
- Then you’re all set. The color should be neutralized and look like the rest of your skin.
There are tons of color correcting options out there, from palettes to individual tubes and pots. Here are some top sellers.
Sephora + Pantone Universe Correct + Conceal palette available at Sephora for $49.00 (USD). I personally own this palette and I love it. The product is creamy, easy to blend and completely customizable to suit your needs. It can crease on you if not set right away, otherwise the product holds up really well.
(image from Sephora.com)
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette available at Sephora and Make Up For Ever for $40.00 (USD). This palette comes in 5 color options. For Very Light, Very Light to Light, Light, Dark, and Professional corrective shades. Make Up For Ever also have the Step 1 Skin Equalizer primers that are tinted (green, blue, peach, caramel, yellow, and pink) to help clear up imperfections all over the face. You can check them out on Make Up For Ever website and also on Sephora (in store and online) for $37.00 (USD).
(images from Make Up For Ever)
L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer perfect for spot correcting. Available at L.A. Girl USA Cosmetics, iKatehouse, Walgreens and even your local beauty supply shop. The price of these items may vary depending on where you purchase them from. I bought mine at iKatehouse for an amazing $2.49 (compared to $5.o0 through L.A. Girl USA Cosmetics). That being said, these correctors (concealers too!) are super pigmented. A little goes a long way and they are easy to apply thanks to the brush applicator attached.
(Image found on Google)
Lastly, from a skincare perspective (though categorized as makeup), Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops. Available at Sephora (in store and online) for $38.00 (USD) and from Algenist. According to Algenist website, the drops are meant to correct immediately and cover in 10 days. Meaning theses drops are here to help turn your skin around and permanently correct the issues. Here is an excerpt from Sephora.com about these drops:
What it is formulated to do:
This weightless color drop serum combines microalgae, alguronic acid, and microalgae oil to instantly color correct, treat skin, and cover imperfections. Use alone or add into makeup or skin care products to help balance skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.
Green Color Correcting Drops: green microalgae and pigments work in synergy to color correct and neutralize redness.
Apricot Color Correcting Drops: golden microalgae and pigments work in synergy to color correct and neutralize dark, discolored skin.
Blue Color Correcting Drops: blue microalgae and pigments work in synergy to color correct and neutralize sallow skin.
Pink Color Correcting Drops: red microalgae and pigments work in synergy to color correct and neutralize dull-looking skin.
I received a discovery box that contained a mini travel size bottle of each color and truthfully, using the apricot color alone didn’t really correct too much so I just use it in my moisturizer to even the skin tone out. I didn’t use the pink or the blue and I gave the green to my co-worker who absolutely loves this stuff.
(image from Sephora Glossy)
Pretty much every brand has hopped on the color correcting game and is now offering them with their usual line up of products. Other brands I would check out would be:
- Urban Decay
- Becca Cosmetics
- Black Up Cosmetics
- Amazing Cosmetics
- Cover FX (the cliks are an awesome option because you can create your own custom color correcting stick)
- NYX cosmetics
And that’s it!
Do you color correct? Do you like it? Do you have a favorite color correcting product? If so let me know in the comments below!!
Until next time my beauties!