While color correcting (applying different hues on the skin to cancel out problem areas) has grown in popularity, the concept of applying colors like green, orange and purple all over our faces may seem daunting to some. However, according to celebrity makeup artist Tasha Brown, while it may seem complicated, the science behind color correcting is pretty straightforward, explaining that the two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel neutralize each other when they are mixed, layered or blended together (like how green reduces redness in the skin). But, while the concept is easy to understand, the application of these colors is crucial to nail down.
What is color correcting?
Color correcting is a concealer technique that professional makeup artists have used for years and that went mainstream after social media got wind of the trend. Here, the color wheel determines which color will work best on your imperfections
Pinks work for brightening up dull skin. For an all-over wake up, look for pink color-correcting primers that not only impart a glow to tired skin, but also work to actually improve skin’s tone and texture. Try applying a pink shade to your brow bones and inner corners of your eyes for an instant pick-me-up.
Yellow hues are your go-tos for canceling out hyperpigmentation, purple ones and all-over mild redness in your skin. To neutralize a spotty complexion, could look for a multi-functioning palette that features a yellow cream to neutralize and cancel out dark spots and a yellow powder to set any corrections made and even out skin tone. When using a color-correcting palette, it’s best to use color-coded sponges which are made for smaller areas where we commonly color correct like the under-eyes and sides of the nose, to keep colors from blending together and hindering their performance. Alternatively, you could use brushes to blend it out too.
Peach & Orange Shade
For dark circles, suggesting using peach shades as it will counteract the grey-blue tones in dark under-eye circles. The deeper the skin tone, the darker the peach should be. Light skin tones should look to peach colors to literally correct uneven skintone while camouflaging it. Darker skin tones work best with orange shades which features light-reflecting pearls to blur the look of imperfections and hide any circles, spots or scars.
Purple tones are best for imparting a fresh, illuminated glow to otherwise lackluster skin. Using shades of lilac and pink to combat any dullness and leave a velvety-smooth finish on the skin, virtually eliminating the appearance of any unsightly pores or blemishes before you even reach for your foundation. For a more targeted approach to dull spots opt for products to soothe discoloration and protect skin from harsh environments. Aside from specific dull areas, apply lavender shades to the center of your forehead (in an upside down triangle shape), on your chin and all the way down your nose to brighten sallowness.
Green color correctors are the best ones to cancel out redness in the skin. To even out large areas of redness and rosacea. Adding a few drops of a liquid color corrector into your moisturizer so it evenly spreads all over. To treat concentrated areas of redness, like around the nose and lips, or in between eyebrows, use a color corrector that allows a precise application and easy blending.
Dos & Don’ts of Applying Color Correcting Products
- Do choose the right hues for your skin. The effectiveness of color correctors depends on finding the right tone to match your blemish. Remember that orange is for dark skin and peach is for light skin.
- Do apply thin layers! A thick layer of corrector may show through your foundation.
- Don’t use colors that you don’t need. Color correcting concealer is meant to be used only on blemishes that are strong in appearance. For smaller less noticeable blemishes, a regular concealer will do.
- Do utilize a makeup sponge or beauty blender to pat the coverage into the skin. Don’t brush the colors all over your face. This will undo all the hard work you’ve done by moving the pigments into the wrong areas.
- Do remember that makeup should enhance your skin not hide it! So think of color correcting concealer as a fun extra step that’s to be used sparingly and don’t forget to let your natural face shine.
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