How to Color Correct Like a Pro
Let's take a trip down memory lane! You may faintly remember learning about the color wheel in middle school art class. You know, the thing with primary and secondary colors? Red is complementary to green, as yellow is to purple, and blue is to orange. And suddenly it all comes flooding back -- but what does the color wheel have to do with makeup?
Everybody has their unique undertone. An undertone is the color that looms underneath the skin's surface. Undertones can be warm, neutral, or cool. Warm tones tend to make the skin appear yellow, peach, or golden. In opposition, cool tones bring out the red, blue, and pink in one's complexion.
Adding complementary colors over dark circles, areas of redness, or around patches of dull skin evens out uneven pigmentation. Color correcting is done before concealer or foundation is applied in order to create a uniform base to work on.
Yay, Colors! But what do they mean?
Now that I've got you interested, let's talk about what each color does. Trust me, you'll want to do a little research (that's why you're here!) and self evaluation before you jump right in and end up looking like a rainbow. Keep in mind the three undertones - warm, neutral, and cool. With no makeup on, look and the mirror and take your best guess on which of the three fits your skin best. Be sure to build up darker hues like red and orange before you know exactly how much you need. You can always add more! If you're darker skinned, don't be afraid to pack on colors in order to get a rich pigment.
Okay, enough talking. Here's our full guide on how to combat each and every complexion color complication…
Problem | Dark Circles (green toned)
There's a chance that you have seen those crazy hack videos that use red lipstick as an under eye color corrector. While using lipstick sounds a bit extreme, this hack is actually proven to work! Combat dark circles by covering up green and blue undertones with a ruddy concealer.
Problem | Redness, Rosacea, Acne
Like I said above, green is opposite from red on the color wheel. Green evens out redness and can calm the appearance of acne and rosacea. If you find that your concealer or foundation isn't giving you enough coverage, don't throw it out just yet! Instead pop a green color corrector over any flush areas or breakouts. You will see improved coverage now that those strong undertones are hidden
Problem | Neutralizing Dullness
Along with concealing mild redness amongst all skin tones, yellow can hide purple toned blemishes. These can be anything from veins, small bruises, or dark spots. Depending on your skin tone, especially if you are pretty fair, yellow may work better for under eye circles than red!
Problem | Dark Circles (blue toned)
Orange is across from blue on the color wheel, meaning it cancels out blue or indigo toned dark circles and spots. If you have a cool undertone, orange or peach may be the color corrector for you.
***Pro Tip: If you're having trouble with all-over discoloration, use your color correctors as a primer. Apply a thin and even layer of your desired correcting concealer over your entire face. Notice how simply altering your undertone can make your foundations coverage go from meh to uh-mazing!
Problem | Sallowness
As you age, you may notice that your skin has lost its youthful radiance. The skin may start to appear yellow or even a dull brown. This is called sallowness. Sallow skin surfaces when your diet isn't sufficient of nutrients like vitamin C. To cover yellowing skin, use a purple color corrector. Purple is -- you guessed it -- across from yellow on the color wheel, making it a perfect challenger to sallowness.
Color Correcting Palettes
If you're a complicated girl like me, you might need more than just one shade. Color Correcting palettes are a perfect solution!
If you're just starting out… the NYX Color Correcting Palette is an inexpensive yet high quality choice. It comes in 6 shades (yellow, green, purple, pink, tan, and brown) and can be blended to create the perfect color for your skin.
If you want something a bit more lavish… check out the Stila Correct and Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette. This beauty has 7 pigments (pictured above) and comes in gorgeous matte gold packaging. This one is a bit on the pricier side, but in the end, it's a heck of a deal as opposed to buying each shade individually.
If you have darker skin… pick up the KIKO MILANO Color Correct Concealer Palette. This creamy medium coverage palette comes with 5 ultra pigmented correcting shades (yellow, green, purple, orange, and a light tan highlight).
How to Use Color Correctors
Once you've found the color you need, grab your favorite foundation or concealer, and you're set! Apply the corrector directly onto the desired areas and blend with your ring finger or a makeup sponge. Cover with a skin colored face makeup to finish the look. Use a setting powder on top to prevent oiliness throughout the day.