Color Correcting for Every Skin Issue

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Although color correcting may seem like a complex art, the principle behind the process is rather simple. Through color correcting, skin discoloration (e.g., purple under-eye circles or redness from acne) is neutralized with a contrasting color. To find the right contrasting color for your skin concern, look no further than the color wheel. For example: Green, which is opposite of red on the color wheel, neutralizes red skin discoloration.

Of course, there is no one color-correction formula that will suit every skin tone. Don’t be afraid of a little trial and error when it comes to finding the right color correction strategy for you! The following is a simple guideline to help get you started.

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How and When To Apply

No matter what skin concern you’re camouflaging with makeup, it’s best to seek sheer formulas—a little color goes a long way! Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Correction Palette (pictured above) is a great color-correction starter palette. NYX and Ulta also offer basic color correction palettes at wallet-friendly prices.

You’ll want to apply your color correction before foundation and concealer. This will ensure that your colorful makeup is properly blended. Using color correctors before general face makeup may also reduce the need for a heavy layer of foundation and concealer. 

After priming skin, begin by applying color-correcting makeup to the specific areas that need it. A synthetic concealer brush will help you be precise (try COVER FX concealer brush). The size and shape of the application will depend on what you’re correcting. To cover acne, dab a small circle of product around the spot, as you would with regular concealer. For larger areas like the forehead, apply a few streaks of product (it will get blended later, don’t worry!). For the under eye area, create a downward-pointing triangle under each eye (as you would with an under-eye highlighter). This ensures the corrected or highlighted area blends well with the surrounding area—rather than giving you makeup goggles.  

Once you’ve applied all the color corrector you need, take a damp Beauty Blender or beauty sponge, and gently press the corrector into your skin; this will help even out the layer of corrector, ensuring that no spot is too thick. Once you’re ready for foundation, apply a few dots of foundation around your face and use a foundation brush or Beauty Blender to blend (pat rather than rub) the foundation and your corrector. Continue with regular concealer (if using) and the rest of your makeup routine. Tip: If you’re using an under-eye corrector, you will have the best results if you use an under-eye concealer as well. 

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Neutralize Redness (Acne, Rosacea, and Sunburn)

For all skin tones, green helps neutralize bothersome red bumps, rosacea, and sunburn. A green color corrector is especially handy for acne because prepping the affected area with a sheer layer of green helps you conceal the bump without having to later apply as much regular concealer—and we all know that layers of concealer can start to look cakey fast.

Balance Sallow Skin (Dull, Yellow-ish Areas)

Although yellow undertones may appear in a variety of skin tones, those with olive complexions most commonly experience areas of dull, sallow skin. Lavender color corrector helps cancel out yellow tones for a brighter complexion. Areas to focus on may include the inner corners of the eyes, under the eyes, and around the nostrils. All skin tones can experiment with using lavender as a highlighter along the cheekbones and bridge of the nose.

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Brighten Dull Skin

Skin with a grayish cast can be easily brightened with color correctors. Blue brightens porcelain and fair skin tones while caramel adds a lovely radiance to darker complexions. Apply where you may normally apply a highlighting concealer: the center of the forehead, the chin, the area along the cheekbones, and the bridge of the nose. 

Conceal Under-Eye Circles

Didn’t get a full night’s rest? If you have darker skin, apply a bold yellow-orange under your eyes to correct for bluish circles. If you have fairer skin, opt for magic-working peach.

Hide Hyperpigmentation

Post-acne marks and sun damage (sun spots) are both forms of hyperpigmentation. For many of us, hyperpigmentation appears as a darker version of our unaffected skin and sometimes has a neutral or cool tone. Pink or peach helps hide sun spots on light and medium skin while a burnt orange can conceal hyperpigmentation on darker complexions. Check out Cover FX ‘s line of handy color corrector sticks if you’re not in the market for an entire palette. 

Are you a fan of color correcting? What are your favorite color correcting tips?